Ascent of Guffertspitze on 2012-09-21

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, September 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2193 m / 7198 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After a couple of days of poorish weather and nursing two sick children (Scarlet Fever) in our hotel in Tirol, I was ready for another hike. One of the closest P600s was the Guffertspitze, and it looked like a fabulous mountain, steep on all sides with a rocky limestone ridge to the top. After breakfast with the family, it took 20 minutes to drive via Achenkirch to the village of Steinberg am Rohan in an idyllic alpine valley. Parking near the village centre cost 2 Euros for an all day ticket from a meter, and the paths were well signposted from that point. There are actually 2 routes up the mountain on the south side, and I took the more direct (westerly) of the two, which was marked simply Guffert. The path was well signposted, and quite good underfoot as it traversed westwards and upwards through the forest in the cool morning shade. Later it got rockier, emerging onto a hillside, partly bare and partly covered in dwarf pine. The cliff band above was bypassed by means of a gully underneath (to the east of) a prominent crag but it would be nearly impossible to lose the way. Above this, a side path leads to the Schmidtquelle (spring), while the main path continues to the broad, stony ridgeline, now with superb views in all directions. Higher up the ridge narrows pleasingly before the summit, and there was some mild scrambling on perfect limestone, enlivened by a coating of melting snow-ice from a recent storm on a few shadier sections on the north side. In fact there was enough snow on the northern side to justify my decision not to choose the steeper, protected Nordansteig path as originally planned. Summit views extended all the way to the Bavarian plain in the North and the Gross- Glockner and Venediger in the southeast. This area is full of very prominent peaks as the valleys are deeply cut in between many steep limestone peaks. Descent by the same route was quickly accomplished and I got back to the hotel for a late lunch before the children woke form their afternoon nap.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1193 m / 3917 ft
    Distance:10 km / 6.2 mi
    Trailhead:Steinberg am Rohan  1000 m / 3281 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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