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TouringTip | Glöcknerin in the Radstädter Tauern

In keeping with yesterday's historic TR...

by Christian Skala 01/09/2017
Shortly before the winter Eldorado of Obertauern, this fantastic tour, which is very snow-sure until well into spring, starts and leads through the scenic cirque nestled between the Großwandspitze and Teufelshörner to the Glöcknerin, from where you get a gigantic panoramic view of the mountain world.

Ascent and descent

From the parking lot on the road to the Felseralm, you can either start along the road or take a shortcut through the forest sections. From the Felseralm (1660 m), head directly south (the steepest part is to the southwest, see also the rock faces) through the steep, sparse forest. From the tree line, ascent slightly in an easterly direction until you reach a cross (approx. 1900 m) and then continue over flatter terrain to the Wildsee lake.

Bypass this to the west via the Wildseehütte and the trail leads into the cirque between the front and rear Großwandspitze and Teufelshörnern towards the Glöcknerin. A ski depot can be set up at the end of the cirque and the route continues on foot via the west ridge to the summit. If the northern summit structure in the direction of the cirque looks good snow-wise, you can also take your skis with you for a descent from the summit.

In good conditions, it is possible to descent from the summit in a north-westerly direction into the cirque. The descent is largely the same as the ascent. In terms of the descent, it is worth bypassing the Wildsee in an easterly direction. There you will find a beautiful slope to the Wildsee and from here you can reach the ascent to the saddle in just a few minutes (skinning up only makes sense in deeper conditions). From the saddle, follow the ascent trail back towards Felseralm and continue to the starting point.

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Difficulty (5-level scale): 2-3
Special dangers: The steep step in the forest and the crossing at Wildsee require absolutely safe conditions!
Equipment: Crampons useful for the steep sections depending on conditions and time of year
Exposure: North, summit ascent west
Altitude difference start and finish: 1510 m | 2433 m
Altitude difference uphill and downhill: approx. 950 m (with a short ascent at Wildsee lake)
Duration: approx. 3 to 3.5 hours

Best time of year: sure winter, spring
Accommodation: Various accommodation options in Untertauern and Obertauern
How to get there: From Radstadt, take the B99 towards Obertauern until you reach the access road to Felseralm. There are some parking facilities there.
Topographical maps: DAV Alpenvereinskarte 45/2

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