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Ascent of Hochkogel on 2020-10-04

Climber: Deividas Valaitis

Date:Sunday, October 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hochkogel
    Location:Austria
    Elevation:6906 ft / 2104 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at: 47.5149339, 14.8324682. First mile is a flat unpaved road. According to OSM there are two trails. Via North ridge and via South ridge. I decided to follow arrows, and that lead me to the N trail which starts in SE from summit. Few hundred vertical meters through forest and roots. Not hard but can be slippery after the rain. I was aproaching 90 degrees wall and question where is the trail in this wall was repeating again and again.. Zero sign of anything what looks like a trail. Only at the end, when came really close, i start distinguishing a path.. And the trail wasn't hard, few exposed sections. Rope was hanging in places where it can have big value during heavy rain or icy conditions. One small gully was not protected and quite exposed.. Traversed it but stressed to my self that i accepted to big unjustified risk. Really, no joke. Last section, from sadle via North ridge is quite easy walk on the grassy terrain. Summit is obvious and marked. With a metal cross. On the way down spoted few goats, two white birds which looks like alpine ptarmigan (just checked, wikipedia photos looks very similar.. but who knows for sure ;)). Very nice trail, good views most of the time. If would be no more mountains this one i can repeat.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3642 ft / 1110 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12 km
    Trailhead:3264 ft / 994 m



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