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Travelbooks: Austria | published: 2020-09-26 | edited: 2020-09-26
In summer we had the opportunity to climb the summit of the Wildspitze in Tyrol (Austria). Wildspitze is the highest mountain in the Ötztal Alps and in North Tyrol and the second highest mountain in Austria. The top of the southern summit has an altitude of 3768 m. For a mountain of this height it is comparatively easy to climb, because you "only" have to overcome a altitude difference of 1000 m from the top station of the glacier cable car ("Gletscherexpress") in the Pitztal (Tyrol). But be careful! Do not do this hike alone or without experience! The path leads nearly completely over glaciers ("Mittelbergferner" and "Taschachferner"). You should definitely do the tour with an experienced alpine guide in a roped party.
view over the glacier to the Braunschweiger Hütte
just before the glacier Taschachferner
the rope party
When you hike over the glaciers, it feels like you are in another world. Like a desert but with rough stone, ice and snow. And when everyone in the hiking group was finally quiet, there was an indescribable silence - in the middle of the ice landscape. The Wildspitze is quite a popular peak, so that you could see other rope parties on the way up.
an incredibly beautiful landscape ...
... rough and gentle at the same time
what an amazing view to the summit of the Wildpitze - do you see the rope parties? also on the crest?
look around from the summit
look around from the summit
Photographing was not easy in the rope party, which is why there are only a few pictures available here. I always had only the 7 m rope length of the rope party to take pictures. Sounds funny but that's the way I did it. The group was relatively fast, because the snow was melting and nobody wanted to fall into a crevasse. So from time to time I just hiked 14 m ahead, took two or three pictures until the 7 m distance to the person in front was reached again. I had to look nearly the whole time my steps to not to fall, had to search for motives, compose them in my head, adjust the camera blindly with my fingers and then had to shoot my motive very fast. In snow, ice and a lot of sunlight. A situation in which the exposure measurement is also quite inaccurate. So it was a kind of speed shooting. Considering the more than 100 crevasses we hiked over on a snow cover... It was a great adventure and indescribable experience.
looking back at the glacier - do you see the people?
It was a breathtaking hike to the summit of the Wildspitze which is quite demanding due to the height and speed. To climb the Wildspitze you should definitely join a group that is led by a mountain guide in a rope party. An unsecured fall into a crevasse can mean the end of your adventure and your person. The mountain guides know all crevasses and will lead you safely to the summit. Tip: If you are not comfortable with a group, you can also book it as a private tour. This way you will also learn a lot about the glacier.
Mountain guide association Pitztal (Tyrol, Austria): http://www.bergfuehrervereinigung-pitztal.com/gipfeltouren/