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Ascent of Winterstaude on 2013-12-31

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Winterstaude
    Location:Austria
    Elevation:1876 m / 6158 ft

Ascent Trip Report

On a beautiful winter´s day, I drove east to the small village of Bezau in the Vorarlberg. In winter 2013/14 the cable car (Seilbahn Bezau) started at 9am and cost 16 Euro return to the top station of Baumgarten (see www.seilbahn-bezau.at for details, also in English). I started from there, although the middle station would have also served ok. My purpose was to see the view back down to Lake Constance, which was worth it in the clear morning air.

Strapping on my snowshoes a short ascent, followed by a descending traverse took me to the summer alp hut of Stongerhöhealpe. Continuing to traverse below the peak of Hasenstrich, I took too high a line and had to reverse 100m or so before finding the line of the path about 50m lower (it falls from just below the hutat about 1650m goes around a slight ridge line and into a bowl reaching a low point of about 1500m). The path from the middle cable car station also reaches this point and is seemingly much easier to follow, albeit with a 300m ascent.

Joining the tracks of some people ascending on ski, I climber right (east) to avoid the steep ground in a direct line to the summit, before hitting the summit ridge a short distance east of the summit. Views were tremendous in the clear winter air and I enjoyed it for half an hour with a few others (all on skis), before heading down. Plunge stepping down to the bowl and path junction took only 15 minutes and from there I decided to walk back to Bezau on the forest paths in the valley via Alpe Wildmoosalpe. Below 1000m there was little snow, and by the time I hit the valley it was pleasantly warm in the sunshine. A fine end to a tough year.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:416 m / 1368 ft
    Elevation Loss:1365 m / 4484 ft
    Distance:11 km / 6.8 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Stunning winter day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:416 m / 1368 ft
    Extra Loss:189 m / 623 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:via Stongerhöhealpe & Lingenauerealpe
    Trailhead:Baumgarten (Bergstation Seilbahn Bezau)  1649 m / 5413 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1176 m / 3861 ft
    Distance:7 km / 4.3 mi
    Route:via Lingenauerealpe & Alpe Wildmoos
    Trailhead:Bezau (Talstation Seilbahn Bezau)  700 m / 2297 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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