I tried to activate OE/TI-095 Rietzer Grießkogel , a nice 10-pointer, today. Unfortunately, we did not reach the summit due to harsh weather and severe avalanche conditions.
During the ascent, there was often a complete white-out, and the avalanche risk level was 3 on the 5-point scale. We heard multiple “Whumpf” sounds (the very impressive sign of a collapse of weak spots or layers in the snow, and a clear indicator of a high risk of avalanches).
My apologies to all the chasers who waited for my CQ; it was just not sensible to go on.
By the way: I had my VX-8 handheld rig with APRS with me all the time. Despite a 1-minute interval for sending position beacons, not a single made it into aprs.fi. This indicates that FM contacts in that region might be difficult. Of course, it will be easier from the actual top down into the Inn valley, but I still think it will be a challenge to activate one of the summits in that region by 2m only.
73 de Martin, DK3IT