Ascent of Sonntagshorn on 2013-10-14

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, October 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1961 m / 6434 ft

Ascent Trip Report

From Bad Reichenhall (see trip report Karkopf), I drove south on the Lofer road- Shortly after entering Austria, I turned off to Unken and followed signs for the Heutal. It was quiet but it must get very busy in summer, judging by all the parking areas and signage. I parked in car park H2 and paid EUR3 at the machine, and as I set off there was no-one else around. The path led first up a metalled road, then a dirt track, then turned into . There are some junctions but the signposts are quite clear (Sonntagshorn). The path led up to some summer houses & barns, then further past a small chapel and up to the final slopes of the Sonntagshorn, where the path zigzags to and fro. The recent snow had all melted off the south facing path, leaving behind sticky yet slidy mud of the awkward consistency that clogs the tread in your boots and eventually leaves you walking on big clods of mud. The only way to avoid this (and falling on my backside) was to head straight up the slope instead of on the path. The usual summit cross was reached after 2 steady hours of ascent, and the register duly signed. I sat alone in the still cool air, with a fabulous view in all directions. The Chiemsee caught my eye to the northwest, with the lower peaks like the Rauschberg, eventually leading to the Bavarian plain. I could even see the ridge of hills containing Grosser Rachel that forms the border with the Czech Republic. To the south, the usual suspects were all visible, with the Gross Venediger looking particularly fine with it’s coating of new snow. Some thin high clouds came over as I looked, and the sunshine grew hazier. Looking west, I could see the next prominient hill in the chain, the Dürrnbachkopf and decided to head over there to see if I could quickly ascend that before my appointment later in the day. The descent took the same route, by this time there were a number of other people on the path, with a dozen cars in the car park.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:982 m / 3219 ft
    Distance:10 km / 6.2 mi
    Route:Path 19
    Trailhead:Heutal  979 m / 3215 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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