Ascent of Hoher Sarstein on 2009-08-07

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Jai Newton
Date:Friday, August 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hoher Sarstein
    Elevation:1975 m / 6480 ft

Ascent Trip Report

On a near perfect day, we had planned the major ascent of the Grosser Priel. However, with my brother having picked up a bit of a bug, we switched to the easier Hoher Sarstein, the closest hill to our rented cottage.

The ascent from the north showed a ferrata on the map but although there were 2 very short sections of cable, they were completely unnecessary and it is certainly not worth bringing self belay kit (although a helmet is always recommended on these steep mountains due to the possibility of rockfall.

The climb was steepish but uneventful and after a couple of hours we stood on the summit. Being centrally located in the Salzkammergut we could see most of the prvious fortnights hiking routes and felt satisfied with what we achieved despite the terrible weather, while recognising there was plenty to go at for a future visit.

The descent to the north west past the rustic Vordere Sarsteinalm hut was shady and pleasant through the forest as the heat was beginning to build again towards midday. On this day we had the welcome luxury of 2 cars to avoid the walk back up the main road to the pass.

Another swim in the Hallstaettersee plus a couple of cold beers rounded off our summer holiday to Austria with the feeling that we would certainly be back.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1031 m / 3386 ft
    Elevation Loss:1330 m / 4364 ft
    Distance:7 km / 4.3 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1031 m / 3386 ft
    Extra Loss:49 m / 164 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:Path 691
    Trailhead:Poetschenpass  993 m / 3258 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1281 m / 4200 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:Path 690
    Trailhead:Viewpoint hut 4km west of the Poetchenpass  694 m / 2280 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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