Monday, August 1, 2011

A Ridge Walk in the Tannerheimertal

On a cloudy Sunday morning I enjoyed a quick walk up a peak called Einstein, most appropriate for someone with an interest in the full spectrum of Einsteins work. It took 90 minutes to the summit from our apartment in Tannerheim.

By the time I’d reached the top the cloud cleared enough to reveal some marvellous views. Monday morning the weather looked fine so it was time to try something I’d tried a few years ago on that occasion, at the same time of year, there was a lot of snow and I’d backed off the route. The route was to walk from Nesselwangle to Gran taking in the peaks along ridge. These are the Gimpel, the rote fluh, Schartschroften, Hallenschrofen and Lauferspitze. The rhot fluh and the gimpel are the main attractions being quite distinctive peaks from Tannerheim.
I caught the free post bus (using our tourist card) to the village of Nesselwangle starting from the car park outside the village and near the Krinnen alp lift the route to the Gimpel hut is well signed.

The walk upto the Gimpel hut was a flog I stopped there for a glass of mineral water. My next objective was the Gimpel walking in the direction of the Judenscharte the path deviates from the main one to head to the impressive climbing routes on the south wall of the Gimpel. The start of the scramble is marked with a sign (and one displaying Nur fur Geubte), the actual scrambling route has splashes of red paint. The scramble on to the shoulder of the Gimpel was good fun sometimes requiring some quite careful moves, there was no via ferrata up here. From the shoulder the route heads up with straightforward scrambling along the east ridge to the summit cross.

I headed back down via the ascent route and acquired the path to the Judan Scharte and the summit of the rhote Fluh, by this time I was beginning to feel quite heat exhausted, de-hydrated and physically tired. I was making good time it was possible to make the final cable car from the Fussener Jochl.

After making the summit of the rhote fluh there is still a lot to do with the Friedens-steig klettersteig off the summit of the rhote fluh and the Friedberge Klettersteige to the summit of the Schartschrofen. The main part of the Friedens-steig is the descent of a chimney wall using a series of ladder rungs driven into the rock walls, via ferrata gear here is most appreciated. The ascent of the schartschrofen via the Friedberge klettersteige is quite long with a few tricky places here once again via ferrata gear is appreciated.

The final summit the Lauferspitze has a steep section which is chained at its south ridge however the north ridge is an excellent scramble and I thought that Keisha might enjoy this.

The scrambling on this route is excellent and I’m just about fit enough to do it in a reasonable time, there is one thought nagging me now. I would just like to do that bigger peak at the end called the Krinnen alp. I finished the walk with just enough time to make the last cable car down form the Fussner Jochl I wanted to spend the late afternoon/ evening with Amanda, Keisha and Louis. We played crazy golf at the Tirol Haus on the way to Visalpsee.

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