Publisher : CICERONE
Publication date : 2010
EAN/ISBN : 9781852845681
Format : paperback
Size : 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9 cm
Number of pages : 256
This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for 4 multi-day treks in the Reichen, Venediger and Gross Glockner Groups in Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park. It also contains an outline for a 10-day traverse of the whole region. The Hohe Tauern is an ideal introduction to Alpine trekking but a familiarity with long-distance walking is needed.
Situated in the heartland of Austria and the Eastern Alps the Hohe Tauern National Park has international status as a World Heritage Site. Its stunning valleys are headed by scores of peaks that are home to some of the best huts in the Alps. This guidebook concentrates on three areas – the Reichen, Venediger and Gross Glockner Groups. In each section, descriptions are provided for various hut-to-hut tours along with excursions and recommended climbs.
This guidebook describes five routes in the Reichen Group, the Venediger Group and the Gross Glockner, any of which would make an ideal introduction to the delights of Alpine trekking. There are 4 multi-day treks described and a 10-day traverse of the whole region from Mayrhofen, through the Reichen Group and across the Venediger to end with a climb on the Gross Glockner is outlined.
Routes described in this guidebook, such as on the Reichen Group Runde Tour and the Venediger Hohenweg, vary from traditional mountain paths to tracks across boulder fields and rough ground. There is also steep ground, late summer snow and fixed wire ropes here and there to aid stability.
The Hohe Tauern provides opportunities for all mountain enthusiasts, whatever their aspirations. It is ideal for the first time visitors to the Alps, particularly family groups with adventurous children, but it is even more so for aspiring alpinists, who would be wrong to see the Hohe Tauern as tame. These mountains can challenge even the most experienced alpinist, you will not be disappointed.
The tours are moderately strenuous and require the ability to carry a full pack for an average of six hours a day. In terms of alpine grading, the majority of the routes fall into the mountaineering grade of easy to moderate, comprising of sustained mountain walking, requiring the ability to negotiate steep ground, scramble over rocks, cross late summer snow, make use of fixed wire ropes and have a good head for heights.
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