Ascent of Hochstuhl on 2012-09-25
|Date:||Tuesday, September 25, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||2225 m / 7300 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI started from Valvasorjev Dom (1149m) where I had sat in my van the night before watching the lightning light up the sky around me. The marked track heads eastwards in a traverse through the woods before heading steeply upwards to the cloud base at around 1750m. As usual, the woods gave way to dwarf pine and then to a karst limestone landscape. A strange whirring noise turned out to be a windmill alongside the Presernova Koca (2193m) hut and there was a sign saying 15 minutes to the summit. The wind driving the windmill was quite chilling and I had to wear gloves for only the second time since leaving the Arctic circle.
The summit itself was marked by a border post; nearby there was a logbook and a stamp; and about 50 metres further along the ridge the ubiquitous Austrian summit wooden cross. In the time it took for my hands to get really cold, I made an entry in the logbook and then headed back to the koca to get warm.
The koca was closed for the winter - and in fact would have been locked and empty if last night's thunderstorm had not delayed the helicopter due to collect the three people sat inside. Despite being closed they offered me a drink - where the choice was either coffee or beer. As I don't drink coffee I had a nice 'warming' beer.
As every hill bagger will know, there is a common natural phenomenon whereby the weather clears after you have been to the summit (it has a closely related one, where on a nice day, the clouds roll in as you approach the summit). Today was no different, as I descended the weather improved and the clouds started to disappear.
For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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