The heat-wave here in the southern part of Germany and Austria still continuous. The weather forecast for last Friday predicted again temperatures above 30°C. Enough motivation for me to look for some cooler places.
This time my destination was once more in the neighbouring Tyrolian mountains. The summit “Wilder Freiger” (SOTA reference OE/TI-019) with its height of 3418m ASL and being circumvented by glaciers looked therefore very promising.
I started my tour early in the morning, still before sunrise, at the car park in the Stubai valley. After hiking abt. 800m elevation gain, I reached the nicely placed Nürnberger Hut. The hut was still in the shadow and only the summit Urfallspitze behind being lit by the first sun rays. Therefore I decided to make a short break and enjoyed a glass of apple juice, pressed out of apples of the huts own apple plantation. It tastes really delicious.
During my next hiking hour I saw some beautiful flowers beside the trail, even at heights above 2800 meters ASL.
The next high light, near to the hiking trail, was a (nearly) infinity-pool, filled with refreshing cool water and surrounded by a terrific view to the surrounding mountains.
Because I still had a lot of height meters to climb up, I didn’t take a bath in the pool but headed to the summit of Wilder Freiger:
Obviously a lot of ice and snow on this height. Nevertheless the temperature was still very high and it was really a rather sweaty effort up to the summit.
The last meters to the summit was a nice walk along a snow covered ridge and a short scramble up to the summit cross:
Luckily at the summit there was nearly no wind and, most important, during my activation period only three other mountaineers reached the summit. This was indeed a very important fact, because the activation zone was rather restricted and I had to sat down on a rather airy rock. When setting up my equipment, I was concentrated - under no circumstances - to drop anything.
On the other side this exposed seat offered me some exceptional nice views to the surroundings. Here you can see a mountaineering team of two people hiking up the glacier (the two black spots in the center of the image).
And of course the panorama wasn’t bad at all
The proverbial icing on the cake (in addition to the glacier up to the summit ) was the following SOTA activation on the 30m and 20m bands. A total of more than 30 contacts could be logged, with a majority on the 30m band.
In addition, two summit-to-summits with Christian, F6FTB, on F/MC-130 and Åge, LA1ENA, on LA/TM-260 completed the SOTA activity.
After my activation the summit soon got very crowded by other mountaineers, therefore I soon left this nice peak and headed down to the car park.
Thanks again to all chasers for calling me, thanks for spotting me on SOTAwatch and also many thanks for the S2S contacts.
73 Stephan, DM1LE
@ Åge, if you read this report, I hope I’ve spelled your name correctly. I must apologize that I still don’t know the morse code for the letter “Å”