My XYL and I are planning a week long stay in Austria at the and of August, around Sankt Wolfgang area. Our base will be in a small town of Gosau.
We are looking for some suggestions of hiking trails with pictures views and cute huts/alms. Of course SOTA opportunities are always welcomed but not necessary.
We would like to limit ascent to about 500-600mtr and no routes with safety chains as we are not that fit and accomplished in hiking. Easy walks but through interesting places would be also good for day of rest.
Any suggestion what to see and visit apart from mountain summits are also welcomed. Thanks in advance.
Obvious choice is Höhbühel SOTLAS
Take the cable car (Gosaukammbahn) from Vorderer Gosau lake up and have a short walk there. Huts and views available
Other cable car supported summit is Krippenstein SOTLAS
15 min from cable car to summit. Plenty of options to walk around on the alpine plateau. Views to Dachstein OE/OO-001 - the highest summit Upper Austria with it’s glacier.
Could also work with you 600m ascent criter. But I have not been there so I don’t know about the path.
Not too far to drive:
Follow gravel road and a path up to the summit for great views to lakes and mountains alike.
About 300 m ascent from parking at 47.65421,13.63919
Thanks for recommendations, they have been passed to the Planning Department for approval.
Actually I should mention that after seeing couple of your videos decision was made to come and visit this part of Austria. We have been skiing in Schladming, Saalbach, Alpbach and Ishgl, but never looked at hiking till now.
Thank you Marek for the kind words. I hope you will enjoy your vacation in Austria.
Let us know when you plan you hikes / post an alert. I am sure a lot of people will want to work you.
Btw. especially if you are at higher summits like the Krippenstein you should get good results with 2m FM. (For that summit move a bit away from the repeater station near the summit lookout. I have seen handhelds becoming deaf up there. e.g an 817nd is doing fine at some meters distance.)
Maybe others will come up with suggestions. It depends a bit if you are planning to visit other areas for example towards Salzburg or Linz. There are plenty of options on the way there too.
Pretty sure other recommendations will follow.
In Styria we use 144.550 a lot, but you might be too far north to reach those chasers. Better to bring a light Yagi and a mast than worry about frequency; FM goes a very long way from these summits .
Matt I have noticed that from your spots (and the 2m bandplan allows it) but from my point of view most activators in OE6 (Styria) use 145.550 FM or 145.525 FM.
Someone in OE6 is playing band-police and overrunning activators with a strong carrier when operating longer time on 145500 FM
For OE5 (Upper Austria) it is not seen so much as a problem but after 5 or 10 minute usually QSY up or down especially on a weekend is recommened.
OE5 has some very active chasers like Heinz OE5HDN and Franz OE5FSL even on weekdays.
Gosau is close to the Styrian border so a QSY to 145.525 FM sound like the best choice.
I’m sure you’re absolutely right Joe. I only dabble in FM very occasionally and there is a small local group that hangs around 144.550, so I get to talk with the OMs I know from this area. However, for a normal activator, the frequencies you recommend are definitely the ones to go with.