It’s again via ferrata time with Anna
This time we are in Styria - the green heart of Austria - at the national park Gesäuse. The reason why this well know summit was not activated before is not clear to me. There are multiple routes leading up. Most include a stay at the newly (2010) renovated hut Buchsteinhaus.
Most popular route to Grosser Buchstein OE/ST-055 is the Südwandband - grade B - via ferrata using a narrow rock formation that traverses almost the full southern flank of this summit.
Red line is the via ferrata:
Weather was perfect and stable so no time pressure from thunderstorms approaching.
Unfortunatly we started our hike on a Friday and we go delayed in a traffic jam. So no warm dinner for us but we called and they had a cold platter of ham, cheese and bread for us.
Anna was struggling with blisters but was fighting thru like a champion - with blisterpatches . The via ferrata gave her motivation to continue on.
But see for yourself with wide and deep views to the Gesäuse Nationalpark.
View to summit (evening)
In the morning some fog in the valley
In the via ferrata
View north to Kleiner Buchstein, Tieflimauer, Almmauer and Tamischbachturm
Buchsteinhaus on our way back
Thanks for all the chasers on 2m FM and 20m SSB with 6 S2S