Ascent of Großvenediger on 2019-08-12

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, August 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:12028 ft / 3666 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our Birnhorn hut descent we drove to Hinterbichl for the south route and took the Venediger Taxi (minibus, booked by telephone a couple of hours earlier, €20 return) to Johannishutte for a 2h30 hike on good marked trail to Defreggerhaus, a private hut giving discount for Austrian alpine club and many others (including Liechtenstein but not for Swiss!). Bright breezy day. Next morning away at 6, good trail then short descent to glacier aided by a few iron rungs. Good boot trail on glacier, a few crevasses, especially at Rainerhorn col. Ascent to summit straightforward except for fairly narrow ridge affected by strong crosswind. Summits in and out of cloud, we enjoy fine view of a lot of wild glacier country. Highpoint marked with a cross fixed into a rock filled gabion on snow, although it's essentially a rocky summit.  A few other parties, some quite young kids in non trivial conditions. 3h up (including a 20mins technical break as I'd left my ice axe at hut!), 1h30 down. Soup at Defreggerhaus then hiked back down to Johannishutte in 1h25, rain starting but we're down in the dry, lunch (Venedigertoast, excellent!) then 1330 minibus back down to Hinterbichl. Rainy drive east to miss tomorrow's rain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5085 ft / 1549 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5085 ft / 1549 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Start Trailhead:6943 ft / 2116 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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