Ascent of Rossbrand on 2009-08-05

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Jai Newton
Date:Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1769 m / 5807 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The weather forecast had been optimistic (visibility was supposed to be erstaunlich gut (astonishingly good) for the time of year.

We planned to ascend Raucheck by a steep but not difficult via ferrata. It is South (west) facing and should dry quickly. As we drove over the pass towards the Salzach from our base in Hallstat we sniffed more than a morning mist and detoured up a driveable mountain called Rossbrand, which was just south east and was about as high as the lower section of the ferrata. As we suspected the ground was sopping wet and the mist was thickly blanketing the hill in a way that suggested it wasn't going anywhere fast. It was only 10 minutes round to the summit and the staff at the hut below looked surprised to see us walk out of the mist. Nevertheless the service and the hot chocolate was superb and in favourable contrast to our experience on the Zirbitzkogel the day before. The summit promises an excellent panorama which we could discern from the signboards and panorama picture boards littering the summit. Probably a great place to take the wife and kids for lunch and admire the south wall of the Dachstein. Our plans for Raucheck scuppered, we set off for Gamsfeld instead, another prominent peak in the area, and one which didn't require any rock-work.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:70 m / 230 ft
    Distance:0.8 km / 0.5 mi
    Route:Path via summit hut
    Trailhead:Summit car park  1699 m / 5577 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Thick morning mist
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:10 Minutes

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