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Ascent of Mirnock on 2013-07-13

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mirnock
    Location:Austria
    Elevation:2110 m / 6923 ft

Ascent Trip Report

On a family holiday to Carinthia, I drove a few km south from our hotel in Feld am See to the Afritzersee. The turnoff right (east) was well signposted (Afritzersee), and after passing the play area and campsite there is a sign for the Wieserhütte (Hut). After a short distance there is a hairpin bend and you come to a automated toll barrier. You need to pay 5 Euros (July 2013) in coins into the machine to make the barrier lift. From there the road is high quality dirt / gravel, fine for a normal car so long as you don´t drive right down the middle and ground out on the central ridge, which is a little high at times. After a long but well graded ascent, you come to a junction with the Sauhauthütte left and the Wieserhütte right. Turn right and drive the remaining distance to the Wieserhütte, where there is parking for a dozen or so cars.

From the hut, the path 183 goes straight up the stream, hard to follow in in a few places because of recent logging activity. A better alternative is to head a few hundred meters back along the road you arrived on, and turn right onto a forest road. Turning left and then right at the next two junctions takes you on to a higher road which intersects the path 183 just above the forestry activity (July 2013).

From there, the path is well marked, heading to the left of a stream before cutting further left and then traversing back right to the ridgeline, where it meets a more pronounced path (180) coming up the south ridge. The path passes a little rocky outcrop to the right before a short flat section, and the final summit slopes. I half walked, half jogged, trying to complete the route during toddler nap time. The close views were good down to the Millstättersee, and across the valley to the Wöllaner Nock, but it was too hazy and cloudy to see much farther. The jog back to the car was quickly accomplished, as was the drive back to the hotel, and my daily swim in the lake was appreciated even more than usual..
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:490 m / 1608 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Route:Paths 183-180 (S Ridge)
    Trailhead:Wieserhütte  1620 m / 5315 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:27 Minutes



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