The weather has stabilised a little here in the Steiermark, making an outing to the Obersteiermark a much better proposition. I plumped for the Gößeck, as it is the closest to me. I set the alarm for 04:30, hoping for an early start. I got out of bed at 05:30 and set off at 06:50, which wasn’t too bad all in all. The Gößeck is about twice as high as any mountain I have climbed in the last few years; I was not sure how it would go. The weather was quite cool when I arrived at the Gößeck car park, but I was soon sweating buckets on the trail up the mountain:
As can be seen, the way is not too steep, just 1200m of height gain, so not for your average couch potato. There are plenty of wild Ibex in the area. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a really good photo, the zoom function on your average smartphone is really not much to write home about:
I reached the summit to find I had knocked about an hour off guide book time, so not quite ready for the scrap heap just yet; although I had to have a puff on the old inhaler after all that exertion; well if it’s OK on the Tour de France… (I hope there are no anti-doping regulations in SOTA I am unaware of). As ever, the view was well worth the effort:
Some nice passers by even took my photo in exchange for me taking theirs:
The summit of the Gößeck is large and grassy (pegs went in no probs whatsoever), so a full size antenna is a must in such a location. Perhaps I got there a bit early, but the pile up was not as humongous as expected. I paused and had a sandwich, then started calling again. The second time round I only picked up a few stragglers on 20, so I decided to call it a day and pack up. The sun came out on the way down which warmed me up nicely on my way down the valley. It would have been nice to go out again tomorrow, but my legs will be far too sore. It’s a bit too windy as well, if the forecast is to be believed. Well, I have plenty to build tomorrow.
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