Now for the last Alpine proposal before we leave this weekend: the Freispitze (2,884 m / 9,460 feet).
Various guides call this the non plus ultra of the Lechtal Alps, claiming that it is by far the most beautiful tour that doesn’t involve serious climbing. It does, however, look like an at least 10-hour day, and getting to the trailhead will probably involve riding a bike from Bach to Madau to save time.
From Madau, follow the Parseierbach stream up the Parseiertal valley (about 10 km). Cross the stream and head west to the Schafgufel (which is apparently a place of worship for shepherds – ought to be interesting). Then the trail leads up the Langkar to gain the ridge of the Grießlscharte. Then you head to the foot of the vertical walls of the Rotspitze and then head left up the steep beginning of the south ridge, called the Rotspitze saddle. This part is tricky to navigate apparently, as the photo below shows.
Head left up the ridge, then up scree to the summit wall, which is bounded at left by a stone rib. Head into the right parallel furrow (II) to the ridge and then to the summit of the Rotspitze. From there, head north on the ridge over the Rote Platte and towards the Freispitze.
The traverse to the Rotplatte seems easy, except for heading around the left side of this little tower on the saddle.
The section from the Rotplatte to the Freispitze sounds hairy. It starts off innocently enough, facing a grassy area. Then you head up left over ‘Schrofen,’ a German mountaineering term that refers to steep terrain, strewn with rocks and rock outcrops, that is laborious to cross, but whose rock ledges (“Schrofen”) offer many good steps and hand holds. Then the fun begins.
Then work your way into a chute, which you follow up to the summit (II).
I won’t lie – this one looks really tough to me for a solo outing. But if the weather forecast looks good, and I’m feeling good, this could be a fantastic adventure.