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Ascent of Zirbitzkogel on 2009-08-04

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Jai Newton
Date:Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Zirbitzkogel
    Location:Austria
    Elevation:2396 m / 7861 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After a day and a half of rain we were bored and set out south to see if the weather was better on the other side of the main alpine chain. On reaching the Sabathy Hut it wasn't but being Scottish and more or less immune to crap weather, we set off anyway. The path was not difficult to follow and the pissing rain, pine trees, heather and bog made it feel just like a summer day in the Highlands. We were the only car in the car park and saw no one all the way up until we came across a work party laying a new drain for the summit hut in the mud. The warden made a crappy cup of coffee and had no hot chocolate or cake of any kind, just a pot of evil smelling sausages for the workmen's lunch. We declined and cannot recommend the fare or the welcome. After warming up a little, we headed back down into the teeth of an icy wind which had us stopping for gloves and hats (and let me repeat we're Scottish and really don't get cold easily). It was good to reach the car and change into dry clothes for the long drive home, still in the pissing rain and hoping the wildly over-optimistic forecasts of Dachstein Wetter would finally come true. It was a hell of a contrast to the 30C plus sweat-soaked ascent of Grimming 2 days before.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:776 m / 2546 ft
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Route:Path 316
    Trailhead:Alpengasthof Sabaty  1620 m / 5315 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Scottish summer
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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