Ascent of Itonskopf on 2012-06-18
|Others in Party:||Lee Newton|
|Date:||Monday, June 18, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2089 m / 6854 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportWe climbed this on a hot summer afternoon, after our morning ascent of Schesaplana.
From Bludenz we took the Montafon road as far as St Anton. Here we turned L (NE) for St Bartholomaberg. The satnav suggested an approach via this village but as far as we could tell the roads could only be driven by authorised vehicles.
We drove to Innerberg where we forked left and drove a short distance to park at N47.10208 E9.94818, 1177m, near the Gasthaus Mühle (avoiding the guest parking). Here are sideboards including a map which suggested the trails are a little more complex than suggested by the 1:50,000 map; however they are well signposted.
From the gasthaus we hiked the side road L (SW) which was signposted Itonskopf. The route is too complex to describe in detail: we just followed Itonskopf signs and footpath signs. The route is very pleasant, initially passing chalets, then up through woodland, then high pasture. On a ridge we found a somewhat unclear signpost. At N47.11463 E9.94402, the summit route ascends NW. We encountered a couple of snow patches which required minor detours.
The summit was finally visible when we were about 300m away and at first sight looked unclimbable. However, a path passes L of the summit then a short scrambly cable-protected route less to the summit itself. The ascent is pretty easy but the surface is covered in loose stones and we were glad of the cable in descent.
The airy compact summit (N47.11631 E9.93344 2085m) is marked by a large cross and a small trig block. We ascended in 2 hours and after a rest to enjoy the view we headed down the same way, jogging a few sections, arriving back at the car in 1h20. Shannon then dropped me back at Zurich for my evening flight back to the UK, before his flight back to the USA the next day.
Itonskopf photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||952 m / 3124 ft|
| Extra Gain:||20 m / 66 ft|
| Distance:||11.8 km / 7.3 mi|
| Route:||south face|
| Trailhead:||Gasthaus Mühle, Innerberg 1177 m / 3862 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2+|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Clear|
| Time Up:||2 Hours |
| Time Down:||1 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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