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Ascent of Geierhaupt on 2019-08-13

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Geierhaupt
    Location:Austria
    Elevation:7930 ft / 2417 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking at Ingeringsee roadhead, easy marked trail to summit cross. Continuation to Hochreichhart is more serious with scrambling to II on Hirschkarlgrat and generally slow often bouldery terrain along ridges. 3h15 up, 3h30 to Hochreichhart and 1h30 down. Excellent day out, in good weather would be a classic, quite reminisecent of some of the harder Scottish Munro traverses.

From Ingeringsee 47.34285° N, 14.66366° E, walk main forest road for c.1km then steep paintmarked trail heads N signed Geierhaupt, up thru forest then ridge, I make short detour to Hochkogel then grassy and bouldery terrain to rejoin main path to summit which has a trig block at highpoint (47.37475° N, 14.63606° E) with cross adjacent, lower cairn 100m to SW, larger cairn 70m E (47.37488° N, 14.63680° E) probably lower too, hard to say as we're in cloud.

Adrian and I continue clockwise, impressive drops to N, trail fairly well marked, frequent mild scrambling, YDS2+ if you stay on trail. Grieskogel has a red modern survey marker and a cairn, highpoint is outcrop 5m S of cairn, at 47.37814° N, 14.64359° E. Watch for fork at 47.37830° N, 14.64559° E and keep R. Quite slow going until ridge broadens before Weisssattel, briefly grassy then continues bouldery.

Bouldery summit at 47.37412° N, 14.65859° E with trig block adjacent, descent to Holltalsattel then substantial bouldery ascent to Pt 2239m, 50m rough descent then rough scrambly ascent to Hirschkarlgrat 2282m W summit. Next 600m has frequent short scrambles to II (YDS3), mostly not marked, keeping fairly close to ridge crest with trail avoiding a few obstacles to L or R. Persistent drizzle requires extra care although rock tends not to be slippery. Cairned summit at 47.36785° N, 14.67404° E with difficulties easing beyond, then from grassy col a straightforward trail leads to 47.36785° N, 14.67404° E with a smart quartzite trig block at 47.36350° N, 14.68181° E probably at highpoint, with cross and cairn lower.

Care needed to locate south ridge route as the signed Brandstätter Kogel path starts in similar direction. Once located, S ridge path is pretty obvious, initially bouldery with some mild scrambling (YDS2+), lower down easy, crossing straight over several forest roads to eventually end at parking at 47.33059° N, 14.67507° E, where Lee has had a much longer wait then expected, having re-descended the ascent route to Ingeringsee.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3936 ft / 1199 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3936 ft / 1199 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16 km
    Start Trailhead:3994 ft / 1217 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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