Verdinser Plattenspitze West Face first ski descent
Daniel Ladurner reports about the probable first ski descent of the West Gully of Verdinser Plattenspitze (2680 m), Sarntal Alps, carried out with Stefan Grüner and Aaron Durogati.
While skiing the North Couloir (600m 50°) of Ifinger 2581m in superb conditions I noticed the obvious gully on the West Face of Verdinser Plattenspitze 2680m. At the end of February Aaron Durogati and I skied the West Face of Hinterer Verdinser Plattenspitze 2660m in poor conditions, and the West Gully remained etched in my mind. I waited for another month for better conditions.
I was joined by Stefan Grüner and Aaron Durogati. We slogged out way up to the summit and then had some trouble dropping in to the couloir as the entrance was blocked by some rocks. Nevertheless we managed to ski right from the summit. The upper section was extremely steep (55°) and after 150 meters we sidestepped down a 2 meter drop, before skiing another 100 meters and then making a 15 meter rappel. The slope unfolded below us for another 400 meters, down good snow and only a few steeper sections. After reaching the base we then skinned another 500m back up to the Kuhleitenhütte refuge.
Approach: From Falzeben follow the piste to Oswald Kirchlein, then ascend the obvious South Gully to the summit, 1000m
Angle: Max 55° (average 48°)
by Daniel Ladurner
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