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Hocharn

By: Loris Marin
Area: Tauern Alps, Group: High Tauern, Height: 3254m, Country: Austria, Region: Tyrol

From Kolm Saigurn 1598m follow the forest track that leads to the hotel, but immediately after the village cross the river on the left-hand side of the valley and, when close to the bus stop, head for the obvious Hocharn 3254m peak on the left. Ascend the obvious gully which cuts through the lower section of the Hoher Sonnblick's northern slopes. Next traverse left across the plateau and head slightly northwards, following the obvious line of ascent to the Hocharn summit, marked by a large wooden cross.

The ascent is always obvious and never dangerous, but look out for crevasses at the beginning and end of the season.

ACCESS

The Goldberggruppe is situated in the Austrian Alps, not far from Spittal. Take the A10 Spittal- Innsbruck motorway and exit for St. Johann and Taxenbach. Continue from here towards Rauris, pass Wörth and on to the end of the road at Kolm Saigurn, from where the itinerary is based. It is obligatory to buy a pass to use the Austrian motorways; this can be bought at any petrol station and must be stuck to the window pane. The skiing area is reached via a toll-road to Kolm Saigurn. The final section to the Naturfreundehaus is reached on foot (20 mins) since the road is closed to traffic.

DESCENT

The descent follows the line of ascent and has no obvious difficulties. In case of fog pay particular attention to crevasses at the beginning and end of the season.

GEAR

Normal ski mountaineering equipment (which obviously includes a rescue beacon). An ice axe and crampons may prove helpful.

MAPS/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kompass 1:50.000 f. 50;
Alpenvereinskarte 1:25.000 n°42.

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