Ascent of Hoher Sarstein on 2010-09-27

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Monday, September 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hoher Sarstein
    Elevation:6480 ft / 1975 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having made the (very easy) ascent of Rossbrand earlier in the morning, we chose this summit to round off our weekend trip to central Austria. There is parking at the summit of the Potshenhohe pass (N47 37.321 E13 41.672, 998m). A few meters N (uphill) is a signposted trail. Starting at 10:50 we initially head E on trail 693. After 100m, trail 691 forks R, uphill, through woodland, passing some green pools before emerging at the foot of a steep rocky gully. A zig-zag path leads steeply upwards, with steps cut into the rock and a cable for security (the trail is simple but with some exposure, YDS 2+). Above this steep rocky section the trail crosses to the E side of a stony gully then winds steeply uphill. At this crossing we were fooled by a misleading paint mark and scrambled up the gully itself: nice and rocky but it became a little tricky higher up and we traversed L a short way to re-find the marked trail. Higher up, the gradient eases although the rocky scenery is very impressive with sheer cliffs rising vertically above the trail. The trail reaches easy grassy slopes then zigzags up the final slope, through dwarf pine, with fine views opening up. We reached the cross (N47 36.156 E13 41.944, 1970m) in 1h25 at 12:15. The SW end of the ridge (N47 36.124 E13 41.911) appeared a little higher with the GPSr registering 1972m, close to the expected value of 1975m, with a trig block near the highest point. There were lovely views down into the valley although Hoher Dachstein was partially in cloud, showing tantalising glimpses of its upper glacier. After 25 mins at the summit we enjoyed a fairly fast entertaining 1hr descent, reaching the car at 13:40. It was now time to head to Bratislava for the flight home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3206 ft / 977 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.6 km
    Route:Trail 691
    Trailhead:Potshenhohe  3274 ft / 997 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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