Ascent of Wilder Kaiser on 2012-10-20

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wilder Kaiser
    Elevation:2343 m / 7690 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I set off as daylight broke from the parkplatz at Wochenbrunner Alm (1084m) up an unpaved road to Gaudeamushutte (1263m). This was the point where I became momentarily confused, my old map said take track 813, the signs only offered 824.That’s how a map of a mountain can become outdated.
The next section of the track has to overcome the obstacle of getting up a cliff on to Gruttenkopf – none too hard, but not really a tourist path.
On the top was the, closed for winter, Gruttenhutte and the start of track 813 on both map and signs. The track starts innocently enough on the grassy alp. However it soon enters into a rock strewn corrie with a small glacier in the bottom and magnificent views of the almost vertical sided main ridge.
The answer to that question was by means of a series of kletterstieg assisted climbs and some long traverses across the rock.One section consisted of steel rings forming a long ladder – I assume they are set so high because in winter they are above the snow . This ladder was fine going up, but I wasn’t too keen coming back down it.
Near the summit is a small hut precariously lodged into the rock in a very exposed position. You wouldn’t want to step outside half-asleep during the night for a pee.
The return route as far as the Gruttenhutte was very much the same as the ascent, although I took the possibility of missing out some of the rocks lower down by running down the scree and walking across the glacier. As it was a Saturday and glorious weather, now there were a lot of people on the paths that cross the alp. I discovered later that it is also half-term in Germany which explained the numbers of children.
From the Gruttenkopf I used the alternative track 825 (812 on my map) back to Wockenbrunner Alm. This was a bit easier than the ascent path. Back at the van, I celebrated bagging the Wilder Kaiser with a bottle of Kaiser beer and then went for a meal and a couple glasses of weissbier at the very busy alm, sharing a table with a friendly family from Frankfurt.
For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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