Ascent of Benediktenwand on 2014-07-12

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1800 m / 5906 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed on a family holiday to Tirol. After 4 solid days of rain, with the forecast for another 3 I got cabin fever and went for a walk in the rain. In the end it was not too bad, only a few heavy showers with a bit of dry and a bit of drizzle in between. On the way down even a short sunny spell when the summit came out for a photo, although it was in thick mist while I was on it..

Driving from Seefeld in Tirol it seemed a southern approach would make most sense. The toll road along the south side of the Walchensee is open daily 0600-2200 and it was around 0645 as I drove along it. After this I passed through the tiny village of Jachenau, which had a couple of cafes. Judging by the volume of signage and parking this must be a really popular area in good summer weather. I found the parking at Petern without difficulty and paid my day fee of 2 Euros at the machine(only coins accepted).

From there the forest roads are well signposted to the Bichler Alm. This is path 480 and after a short level start it climbs steeply for the first 2km to a pass on a low ridge at 1168m (Langeneck Sattel) altitude. After this there is a long level section before further zigzags up to the Alm at 1438m.

From there the path climbs, traversing left (west), around a huge bowl like a sinkhole (underground outlet in the limestone presumably), then winds much more steeply up the south face of the Benediktenwand. The path avoids all difficulties and is never more than YDS2 but there are still one or two places where a slip would be serious and where the limestone sticks out of the peaty ground it is polished and slippery. At the top the path goes briefly through some dwarf pines before arriving at the massive summit cross.

Since it was damp and chilly I didn´t stop, and headed down the west ridge for a bit of variety. This was probably even the easier route but still wet and slippery in places. Lower down in the forest some of the mud was like porridge. The path junctions were well signposted and soon I was once again on a good forest road heading back east to the Tanner Alm where I rejoined my ascent route. All in all better than another day in the hotel pool but fingers were crossed for an eventual improvement in the weather..
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1151 m / 3774 ft
    Elevation Loss:1151 m / 3774 ft
    Distance:14 km / 8.7 mi
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1091 m / 3577 ft
    Extra Loss:20 m / 66 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Route:Path 480
    Trailhead:Parking at Petern  729 m / 2395 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1131 m / 3708 ft
    Extra Gain:60 m / 197 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Route:Paths 451, 477 & 480
    Trailhead:Parking at Petern  729 m / 2395 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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