With just days to go before we leave for the Austrian Alps, here is my third post in the ‘Alpine proposal’ series. The round-trip covers 20 km (12.4 miles) and 1,800 m (5,905 feet) of elevation. Remember, because I’m most likely going to be doing these hikes solo, my objective for these Alpine proposals is to test and develop my endurance for alpine ascents, not to perform suicidal feats of derring-do.
The blunt spire of the Holzgauer Wetterspitze rises to an altitude of 2,895 meters (9,498 ft). The trail begins in Stockach, winding through man-made caves before reaching the Sulzlalm, an alpine hut where we enjoyed some delicious food and beer last summer. We thought our son Emil, who was two years old at the time, would love the caves, but as I recall he fell asleep on the both the ascent and descent. Perhaps this year…
From the Sulzlalm, the trail continues steadily on to the south. The next stop is the Frederic Simms Hütte, which is 1.5 hours away.
The summit is now a three-hour steep hike away.
One of the highlights is reaching the Felsentor, a rock window that looks back to the north into the Lechtal valley. The first photo shows the Felsentor from below (it’s tiny and located under the cloud), and the second shows the view looking down through the window.
From there, things begin to get a bit more ‘fun’. Here is a photo suggesting the steepness of the summit spire’s walls:
There is a steep section leading to the summit (II), with a steel cable mounted to the rock to give you a feeling of security. Some reports I’ve read about this passage say that there is “moderate exposure,” which could really mean anything; other people wrote things that I typically associate with the need to wear adult diapers. Either way, it does look like there is some vertical gain to enjoy.
All in all, this appears to be yet another fantastic opportunity to build some endurance and see some fantastic scenery. We leave in just a few days, and I’m stoked.