A superb, enjoyable and sustained scramble on the north ridge of the Vordere Sommerwand in the Stubai Alps.
Alpine Climbing Difficult
- 9.6 km
- 930 m
- 930 m
- Low Point
- 1.7 km
- High Point
- 2.7 km
The route is fully bolted, however they are not always easy to find. There are also occasional cairns or bits of tat to let you know you’re on the right track. If unsure, follow the most worn line, which is often right on the crest of the ridge. In general the whole route is fairly sustained, and confident scramblers won’t need a rope on most of it, however there are a few pokey moves and parts of the route can feel a little exposed. The crux comes at about the half way point on a slab.
Eventually the ridge gives way to a grassy area, with a clear view of the summit cross above. Thus follows the final section of scrambling, which is straightforward yet a little exposed, and the fantastic view from the top is well worth the effort.
To descend, briefly reverse your ascent route back down to the small grassy area and look out for a very easy to miss path leading off and down to the right. Although vague, the path is marked with red and white paint markers. Follow this path as it winds downhill parallel to the ridge, all the way back to the Franz-Senn Hutte, then from there retrace the route back down to Oberissalm.
The beginning of truly technical terrain which might involve pitched climbing on rock and/or ice, exposed terrain and complex route finding in ascent and descent. Equivalent to AD, AD+
Best time to visit
- Wires and Friends