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Ötscher Rauher Kamm on 06 October 2018

organized by Emile Schenk  contact organizer
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Title :
Ötscher Rauher Kamm
Date :
Sat 06.10.2018
Type of event :
Hike, 2 days
Organized by :
Emile Schenk
Description :

We will convene in Wienerbruck on Saturday morning and begin by hiking on the trail through the lovely Ötschergräben. After about 1.5 hours we will turn right onto a steep but well-maintained trail with numerous switchbacks that takes us up to the base of the Rauher Kamm, the distinctive northeastern ridge of Ötscher. 

The ridge climb requires scrambling (the use of hands) in numerous places and with exposure, but is nowhere difficult (maximum Grade I+).  The views get increasingly dramatic and panoramic as we ascend the ridge and finally reach the summit plateau. 

From the summit (1893 m) it is an easy 20 minutes walk down to the Oetscher Schutzhaus where we will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

On Sunday we will go down to the beautiful Erlaufsee where we can have a swim (take swimgear!).  From Mitterbach we will take a short train ride back to Wienerbruck to retrieve autos or to continue on the train back to Vienna.

Hiking time (without breaks) Saturday 6 hrs, Sunday 4 hrs


You may not have fear of heights for this hike and you must be able to climb rocks in Grade 1+.


Technical requirements :
T3, I feel fine in difficult technical conditions and have mountain experience. I can manage to climb up and down without a rope on routes of climbing difficulty UIAA grade 1+
Physical requirements :
K3, 7-10 hours / day; up and down
Duration in hours and
elevation gain :
elevation gain : Day 1, 7-8 hours with an elevation gain of about 1100 meters. Day 2, 5-6 hours, no net elevation gain but a climb of about 200 meters to gain the summit of Gemeindealpe
Max. altitude in metres :
Equipment :
Sturdy hiking shoes, clothing in case of rain, wind or cold. Lunch for Saturday. Sleep sack for the hut. Drinks and snacks for the trail. Swimgear.
Transport Details :

It is easiest to drive to Wienerbruck but it is also possible to travel by train from/to Vienna.  We will leave Vienna early on Saturday morning (about 7:00) and should arrive back in Vienna on Sunday around 20:00 if travelling by car.  More specific time and locations for meeting will be sent when we know who will be driving.

Max participants :
Registration until :
Map :
WK 5031 Mariazell-Oestscher-Annaberg-Erlaufsee (Freytag and Berndt)
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