High and Wild with Garry

Two weeks trekking in the rarified world of mountain huts, rarely descending below 2,000 metres (6,561 feet)


A Ramblers' Holiday in the Stubai Alps,

leaving from and returning to Innsbruck.

The Stubai Alps have a wildness and remoteness to them. They are generally unencumbered by ski development, and provide a thrilling high-mountain experience. The first part of the route to the north of the valley offers dramatic views of the snow-clad peaks on the Italian border including the Zuckerhütl, Wilder Pfaff and Wilder Freiger, all around the 3,500m mark. Later, between the Dresdner and Bremer Huts, we pass along the flank of these great mountains. Our route is along well-trodden paths, challenging, rough and steep at times with occasional fixed ropes and ladders, regularly crossing passes around the 2,700m level. One of the great things about the Stubai is that after relatively short hikes between huts, on arrival at many of the huts we have the option to climb extra peaks, which merit the B grade.

We spend three nights at the Franz Senn Hut, having the option to climb the Rinnenspitze (3,000m) and the Aperer Turm (2,966m) for views of hanging glaciers. We should also be able to climb the Roter Kogel (2,832m) from the Potsdamer Hut, the Innere Wetterspitze (3,053m) from the Bremer Hut, culminating in an ascent of the Habicht (3,277m) from the Innsbrucker Hut if conditions allow.

 

Looking towards the mountains from the balcony of the Gasthof Hotel in Fulpmes

 

The group - why don't I look like a real walker? (Can you spot the 2 who are hiding?)

 

View from the first peak, Niederer Burgstall

 

The Oberbergtal from Hoher Burgstall. Wow - what a view!

 

The Kalkkögel

 

Our first hut - Adolf Pichler Hütte

 

Climbing the Gamskögel - note the scree path we just used

 

A patriotic cow

 

Mist!

 

Descending to Hut 2 - the Potsdomer

 

An afternoon stroll . . .

 

on the Kastengrat

 

Luxury bunkhouse!

 

Perfect Alpine morning

 

Wildkopf - first peak of the day

 

Afternoon refreshments

 

Balcony path to the Franz-Senn hut (just visible)

 

Further up the valley

 

Nice tarn, the Rinnensee. I spent 4 hours there while most of the others climbed a peak. More fool them.

 

But I did climb this one - Rinnennieder

 

Glacier view from the top!

 

Nice gentians being photographed

 

Glaciers

 

Perfect arch at glacier snout

 

Glacier

 

Not Niagara - glacial meltwater

 

Apple Strudel - well I am on holiday

 

Up we go!

 

Heading over scree to the col

 

View from Schrammnieder Pass

 

Our leader on the scary Basslerjoch Ridge

 

Signposts. The times are all lies!

 

Bad step - again!

 

Early lunch

 

Contouring

 

The big mountain in the middle is Zuckerhütl - Stubai's biggest

 

Swim? Not me!!

 

The hut, Dresdner, at last

 

Climbing the Trögler

 

Me on top of Trögler - best mountain so far

 

Coming down . . .

 

then along a ridge

 

What - only lunch?

 

Afternoon climb

 

A perfect photo!

 

Rest day and we climb this bugger

 

Over snow

 

That's the Wilder Freiger, too technical so we stop here on the Gamspitze

 

6am from the hut. Yawn, but hey, what a view!

 

Narrow bridge

 

Looking back to the Nürnberger Hütte - small white building

 

Swampy bit

 

More dodgy bits

 

Leaving the Bremer Hut - note cable car

 

Geschnitztal in cloud

 

Cloud inversion . . .

 

a spectacular sight

 

Stubai's 3 peaks. The famous Tribulaum.

 

No, I hadn't heard of them either!

 

Descent to the final hut - the Innsbrucker

 

The big one! Habicht (10,500 feet) The rocky slabs were much trickier than they looked

 

First view of the summit

 

Made it!

 

Amazing view

 

Others got up, too. After me of course. Ha! Ha!

 

Early morning descent back to the valley and civilisation

 

Gets more wooded

 

The villages. Now where's that beer?

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