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Fernerköpfl, Italy


Prominence: 21 m, 69 ft

Elevation: 3241 meters, 10,633 feet


True Isolation: 0.57 km, 0.35 mi
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 54' N, 12° 5' E
46.901, 12.089 (Dec Deg)
CountryItaly
State/ProvinceTrentino-Alto Adige
County/Second Level RegionBolzano
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Topographic isolation: 300 m
Nearest higher peak: Frauenköpfl (3251 m)

Fernerköpfl/Pizzo di Vedrette is a peak above the largest glacier of the Rieserferner Gruppe/Gruppo Vedrette di Ries. It’s not the highest or the most important peak of the Rieserferner Group, but a mountaineer going to this mountain has a considerable chance to visit this peak, too, because it’s in the intersection of tourist paths. The marked path from Rieserfernerhütte/Rif. Forc.la di Valfredda leading to Schneebige Nock/Monte Nevoso meets here with the non-marked – but intensively used - path leading to Magerstein/Monte Magro and then down to Kasseler Hütte/Rif. Roma.

But Fernerköpfl is a good destination in itself, too. It has a wonderful panoramic view on the large glacier called Rieserferner/Vedretta di Ries. And you can do an exercise on a shot but intensive via ferrata northwest to the main peak.

Fernerköpfl is in the point where three ridges of the Rieserferner Group meets: the ridges connecting the peak Schneebige Nock to northwest, the peak Magerstein to the east and the peak Gelltal-Spitze/Cima Valfredda to southwest. The building material of Fernerköpfl is phyllite with quartz layers. It gives a gloomy brownish-grey atmosphere for the hill. There is no vegetation on Fernerköpfl. It is a pile of bare rocks. In sunshine this gloomy atmosphere is released on the peak by the bright view of the large glacier field.

You can ascend the peak from 3 directions. From Rieserfernerhütte and from Schneebige Nock the peak can be reached on marked path, while from Magerstein it can be approached on a path that is not marked, but it is intensively used by mountaineers.

The simplest route to ascend Fernerköpfl is from southwest, from the Rieserfernerhütte. This mountain hut is on an elevation of 2791 m. From here it’s only a 2 km ascent to the peak, without any technical difficulty, with a well marked path, constantly on bare rocks. This path passes by the peak of Gelltal-Spitze. No path goes up to that peak.

Rieserfernerhütte can be approached from 4 directions. The two easiest ascends are southeast, from Antholz/Anterselva or from northwest, from the valley Reintal/Valle di Riva. Both routes have a waterfall along the path.

If you start your route from Antholz, your starting point will be approximately on 1460 m elevation. The climb up to Rieserfernerhütte is a steep climb on a path with neverending zig-zag in the hillside.

If you want to start your route from the valley Reintal, driving up the valley you can find a parking place on the left side of the road, 2 km before the village Rein/Riva di Tures. The parking place is free. From the parking place walk a few hundred meters down the valley. Turn left (southeast), cross the small river on the bridge and ascend the steep and beautiful valley called Gelttal/Valfredda. The bottom of the valley is on elevation 1525 m. The first section of the valley is really steep. The mid section gives some rest for the climber. The last section is again steep before reaching the pass where Rieserfernerhütte is. On this route the mountain hut is approximately in 7 km distance from the parking place. This route is also used as the route of a regular mountain-running contest.
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Via ferrata near the peak of Fernerköpfl (2007-08-19). Photo by Szaniszló Uherkovich.
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Prominence  Clean Prominence: 21 m/69 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 41 m/134 ft
  Key Col: 3220 m/10,564 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.57 km/0.35 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 46.905, 12.085
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Hochgall  (NW)
RangesContinent: Europe
Range2: Alps
Range3: Eastern Alps
Range4: Tirol Alpen
Range5: Defereggengebirge
Range6: Rieserfernergruppe
Drainage BasinsMediterranean - Europe
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Data SourcePartially verified user peak addition
This peak was submitted to the Peakbagger.com database by Szaniszló Uherkovich.
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