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2-day hike: Schneealpe - Zahmes Gamseck - Rax on 29 September 2018

organized by Katharina Wallner  contact organizer

Title :
2-day hike: Schneealpe - Zahmes Gamseck - Rax
Date :
Sat 29.09.2018
Type of event :
Hike, 2 days
Organized by :
Katharina Wallner
Description :

This is a public transport hike for a small group of 6 people. I have reserved 6 beds in one room at the Lurgbauerhuette on Schneeberg. 

Only the Zahmes Gamseck up to the Heukuppe of the Rax would qualify as a K3, the rest is a K2 hike.

First day (Saturday):

Ascent to Michelbauerhuette on the Schneealpe either from Neuberg an der Muerz or from Hinternasswald plus afternoon hike on the plateau of the Schneealpe (ca. 4 -6 hours - highest peak: Windberg 1900m).

Second Day (Sunday):

via Nasskamm und Zahmes Gamseck (or: possibly via Schutzsteig - longer 'non-Klettersteig) alternative. The Zahme Gamseck is a Klettersteig A/B with ropes in places and a ladder. The path is also exposed in some places; I haven't hiked it yet, but have made enquiries & done some research about it  - it sounds feasible, even if you are not a passionate 'ferrata'-type  but quite happy with some alpine hiking/ terrain 9like myself).  Alternatively, & depending on the weather, we can also hike the 'Schutzsteig' instead. This is a longer, lower route, without Klettersteig challenges. Both routes will take us up the Rax Plateau (Heukuppe). We'll descend to Preiner Gescheid from there & catch the bus back to Payerback Reichenau. The Karl-Ludwig Huette is on our route that day, but this will be quite late in our hike, so bring enough snacks!

The hike will only take place if the forecast is good for both days. If the weather looks fine on one of the weekends only, I'll change the hike to a 'one-dayer' up the Weichtalklamm to the top of Schneeberg or along the Noerdl. Grafensteig.

No Huettenschlafsack required, bedding provided.

A bed in a 4-or 6-bed-room with breakfast costs 40 Euros per person ('Biobauernhof', therefore slightly costlier.)

The total cost for public transport will amount to about 30 - 40 Euros (with Oebb Vorteilscard). 

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 :
day 1: 4 - 6 hours; day 2: 6 - 8 hours
Max. altitude in metres :
Equipment :
Sturdy boots, helmet (for the Klettersteig bit), the usual waterproof & warm clothing as weather conditions and temperature can change quickly on the Rax plateau.
Transport Details :

publich transport: train/ busses..

details will be sent out nearer the date.

Max participants :
Registration until :
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