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Ötscher Rauher Kamm on 14 September 2019

organized by Emile Schenk  contact organizer

Title :
Ötscher Rauher Kamm
Date :
Sat 14.09.2019
Type of event :
Hike, 2 days
Organized by :
Emile Schenk
Description :

Original destination Hochschwab is cancelled because the hut on Saturday (Häuselalm) is closed due to hunting season.


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 :
T2, Rough areas, broken rocks and boulder fields are not a problem for me. I am sure-footed and free of dizziness
Physical requirements :
K3, 7-10 hours / day; up and down
Duration in hours and
elevation gain :
Day 1, 7-8 hours with an elevation gain of about 1100 meters. Day 2, 5-6 hours, no net elevation gain
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.
Transport Details :

drive by car

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