We started our normal-route tour last Saturday from Lucknerhaus (Parking place near Kals am Großglockner, East tyrol) at 1950 m and made our way up to Stüdlhütte, 2801m. Here we stayed overnight and the next day met our mountainguide Martin with whom we hiked up to Erzherzog Johann Hütte (also known as Adlersruh - Eagles rest) at 3454m. That is the highest mountain hut in Austria. This step-by-step increase in altitude helped a lot and non of us had any signs of altitude sickness.
Monday, 25th of June, early morning we started our climb for the summit. Summit WX forecast was -7 °C and wind with 30-60 km/h.
20 cm of snow fall and right in the clouds everything was white in white. Wearing warm cloth, gloves, helmet and most important type C or D shoes with crampons we went up a ~ 45° steep snow covered flank named Glocknerleitl to reach the rock and ice covered ridge. This we followed to the pre-summit Kleinglockner and balanced over the Glocknerscharte to finally climb up to Großglockner. The northern side of Glocknerscharte is also known as Pallavicinirinne - also an alpine classique route.
The ridge route is prepared with steel rods to belay and secure groups esp. for guides. This made navigation and especially the safe way down doable. About half way thru the activation with my FT1XDE wind speeds increased. On the way down it was painful on skin an eyes. Sunglasses were blocked instantly. But we carefully made it down without bigger troubles.
But see for yourself:
Big thanks go to my friends in OE5 that made a quick activation possible!
@OE5AUL Peter @OE5YYN Sylvia @OE5REO Martin @OE5JKL Karl @OE5FSM Franz
It feels great being part of such a caring community!
My appologies to everyone that could not chase me.
Gerhard @OE5PGM made a video chasing me. Unluckily too many summits inbetween for a direct contact I guess. I’m so sorry Gerhard. Thank you to sharing your experience and recording my QSO with Peter and Sylvia.
Martins (OE5REO) video is part of my video already.
Big thanks also go to my fellow mountaineers Sabine and Daniel. It’s was great fun and thanks for taking so many great pictures.
Although that I am one of about 5000 mountaineers each year that make it to the summit I feel very gratefull and blessed that this adventure worked out so well.
Without the experienced mountainguide it would not have been possible at all. That would be also my recommendation if you want to activate this summit yourself. Of course conditions are very much changing. Easier conditions are in July and August but also more people up there. Here the link to their English mountainguide website.
73 de Joe