Riepenwand Nord-Est Rinne

Schlick 2000

A steep, narrow and other-worldly line in amongst the towering walls of the Kalkogel peaks.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
3.6 km
Ascent
450 m
Descent
889 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
51˚
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Description

Ride the Zirmachbahn chairlift and from the top (2240 metres), make a 500 metre descending traverse, holding as much height as possible, to reach the large bowl to the north of the Hoher Burgstall peak. Keep traversing all the way around the main Schlick bowl, crossing a couple of quite deep gullies en route, to reach the triangular face at the foot of this line. Put your skins on and start skinning up towards the line, always staying looker's right of the couloir itself. As you get closer and closer to the couloir the slope available to skin up gets narrower and narrower, until it is only 4 - 5 metres wide and you are kick-turning every few steps. Eventually you will run out of slope and will have to traverse looker's left into the couloir. From here skin/bootpack up the couloir until it gets too narrow to ski back down. Allow 2 - 3 hours from the Zirmachbahn chairlift to where you start skiing from. The couloir, as you'll know from climbing it, varies between 25 and 40 degrees and from 20 - 5 metres wide. Either side of it are enormous vertical rock walls so the whole experience of skiing the line is incredible. Once out of it, ski down the slope you skinned up and carry on down some brilliant tree skiing to join the Abfahrt Talschluss piste.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Equipment required

  • Skins

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