Grimming is the highest freestanding mountain in the Alps, at 2351m. The mountain offers a varied, scenic landscape and some more technical, challenging hiking.
The south-eastern ridge of Grimming is an easy climbing route (maximum difficulty 2+), but should not be underestimated due to the length (approximately one kilometre of scrambling) and exposed passages. The descent is also lengthy and challenging, so good stamina is required to complete the tour in one day.
Day 1 (Friday, 28 July): Drive to Trautenfels, hike up to Grimminghütte (elevation gain: 300m) and stay the night there, if there are places available. If there are no places available at the Grimminghütte, we will stay in the valley, but then we will have to factor in an additional 300m of elevation gain on Saturday.
Day 2 (Saturday, 29 July): Summit via the Südost Grat (elevation gain: 1500m), and descend to Kulm (this requires us having 2 cars or taking a taxi to Tauplitz and then back to Trautenfels). Overnight stay in Tauplitz.
Day 3 (Sunday, 30 July): From Tauplitz, (a) take the cable car up to Tauplitzalm and do the Gamsblick Klettersteig (difficulty: C // elevation gain: 550m // total duration: 3 hours), (b) hike to Wasserfall Tauplitz (distance: 6.79km // elevation gain: 152m // total duration: 2 hours), or (c) swim in one of the nearby lakes. Drive back to Vienna.
The plan for Sunday will be decided based on the technical skills, energy levels and interests of the group.
In case of bad weather, the event will be shifted to another weekend or cancelled.
Pre-requisite: Experience hiking in difficult terrain, and using your hands in addition to your feet to make your way up steep, rocky surfaces. Steady footing and a head for heights, as well as good condition is required. If interested in taking on the Gamsblick Klettersteig, you should be confident on ferratas with a high level of difficulty (C/D).
For the ascent of Grimming, we will divide into 2 groups of 4 (split amongst Ana and Ali). We will only be taking people who we are certain have the required technical skills and condition.