Ascent to Hochveitsch-Vorkogel on 2013-10-16

Climber: Szaniszló Uherkovich

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Hochveitsch - Vorkogel
    Elevation:6070 ft / 1850 m
    Remaining Elevation:429 ft / 130 m (12% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

No success in reaching the top. Why?
I had no map, just a photocopy about the top of the mountain. I stopped with my car at a wrong trailhead, and started the ascent far from the optimal (and planned) trailhead. I had maximum 4 hours for the climb as I started the ascent only at 2 pm, and it was October. With the wrong trailhead the tour would have been 14 km long to reach the summit rather than 5.5 km as it would have been from the right trailhead. Still I started the ascent. During the whole hiking I was not sure where I was. I had the feeling that I am east to the main summit (and I was right from this aspect). After 2.5 hours I decided to return. By that time I was only 1.5 km far from the summit, and the missing elevation gain to do was not more than 130 m. Still I had to return because:
- I had no map
- Sunset time was within 1.5 hours and I had to return to the car yet
- I was alone on the mountain
- It was stormy weather. Around 0 Celsius degree. I was in white clouds with rather limited visibility. The terrain was covered by snow and any signs were hardly visible
Finally I returned to the car with no problem. Though the last kilometer to the car was in almost full darkness.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3620 ft / 1103 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3620 ft / 1103 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3259 ft / 993 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3019 ft / 921 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Steinbachgraben Jagdhütte  3051 ft / 929 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3380 ft / 1030 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3019 ft / 921 m; Extra: 361 ft / 110m
    Gain on way out:361 ft / 110 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    End Trailhead:3051 ft / 929 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Veitsch

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Hochveitsch2013-10-16 a3620 ft / 1103 m
2Schoberstein2013-10-16 b 
Total Trip Gain: 3620 ft / 1103 m    Total Trip Loss: 3620 ft / 1103 m

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