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    Sonja Bernhard

    Summer Meet Austria 20 July- 11 August

    Go big or go home – this year we will be in the Hohe Tauern, the highest region of Austria, at the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner (3798m). Ok, ok, you Chamonix fans might shrug and say “Na und?” (German for “meh”) and think it’s a tiddler compared to other peaks – but I mention two words: Apfelstrudel. Kaiserschmarrn. Knödelsuppe. (Ok, that was three…) Oh, and it’s a pretty fantastic region with all alpine desires catered for.
    We will stay in Kals am Großglockner in the heart of the Hohe Tauern national park.
    The village is nestled between the Großglockner and Großvenediger mountain ranges and the Schober and Granat ranges.
    It is the village from which the first ascent of Großglockner was completed, so you can tackle the big one if you wish. There are plenty of walks and opportunities for hut to hutting straight from the village, and mountainbiking, too (inc downhill trails with lift transport in Kals). High peaks with glaciers are to be had: Großglockner of course, via various ascents or the Großvenediger (3674m). And there is more: Hohe Tauern has 266 peaks of 3000m plus. There is cragging (Klettergarten in local parlance), the closest ones by the Lucknerhaus and Klettergarten Arnig in the valley, and Falkenstein near Matrei. There are some via ferrata routes, too: one in Kals (Blauspitze), and a few more in adjacent valleys.

    We are staying at the Nationalpark Camping Kals
    The campsite has all creature comforts including hook-ups and is ca 25 mins walk along the river into Kals for supermarket and bank. There is mention of a pizza service on the campsite website, too….The campsite will reserve some pitches and need to know numbers by end of June at the latest. They will do us a special per person rate (which depends on the nr of pitches we will be using), but as a guide, their published high season prices are 9.90 Eur per adult, and 11.70 EUR per pitch. Kids under 6 free, up to 15 years 4.50 EUR.
    Please fill in the Google Sheet with dates, or let me know and I’ll add you.

    Getting there:
    See this page Getting there

    Further info: Very useful info on the region. You can order brochures for free (some English) on crags, huts, mountainbiking, via ferrata in the region.
    Bikepark Kals Overviews of the bike trails in Kals
    Bergfex Info on Tours- the navigation of the site is in English, but the descriptions are in German, sorry… But it gives you an idea what’s there.

    Dieter Siebert: Eastern Alps. The Classic Routes on the Highest Peaks.(Diadem) ISBN 0-906371-54-6 (out of print, but at time of writing was available used on Amazon. We have a copy, too.)
    Allan Hartley: Trekking in Austria’s Hohe Tauern: Venediger, Glockner and Reichen Groups (Cicerone) ISBN 1852845686
    Axel Jentzsch‑Rabl, Andreas Jentzsch, Dieter Wissekal: Klettersteigführer Österreich (Alpinverlag) ISBN 978-3902656186 Comprehensive guide of Austrian via ferrata. In German with English summaries.

    Meets leader:
    Sonja Bernhard



    This pub looks good, it’s a pity it’s 10 miles from the site. Food & drink.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  StephenB.


    There’s a little bit of information on the UKClimbing website.

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