Along the Gosaukamm – An Overview of the 2014 Hut-to-Hut Trek

The Gosaukamm Hut-to-Hut Trek of 2014 

We are putting this trek on a shelf . Some of its segments can be treacherous when wet. It’s a wonderful trek, as I previously described, and it’s well worth doing.

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The Gosaukamm

But  for this trek to be safe and enjoyable for the perhaps not so experienced hiker, we need to have dry trail conditions, on one segment in particular. We can’t predict several months in advance, when we need to make all necessary arrangements from the comfort of our office, if its going to be raining when we hike. So we are exploring other ways to put this trek together, and we will test them next year.

I’ll describe the details of this hut-to-hut trek in a future post so you’ll have all the information you need if you want to do it on your own. It has one of the best combination of scenery, Alms and hospitable mountain huts we know. For now, though, we are rethinking this particular hut-to-hut trek, especially its suitability as an art journaling course.

Here is why.

In 2014 Austria had perhaps the worst summer (read rainy) in a long time. As soon as we arrived people were telling us about the summer that never was (following a winter that never was).

When we arrived in Austria, our prospects for finding 3-4 days in a row without rain seemed dim. But we had some time on our hands. We used it for scouting accommodations, filling in gaps in some of our other projects, and visiting relatives. Then, too, September is typically one of the dryer months in the Alps, so we bided our time and waited for rain to stop.

Finally, the weather man predicted mostly clear weather for several days ahead, with only a sprinkle here and there, so we set out. We took the cable car up the mountainP1140604

to the Gablonzer Hut and spent the first night in comfortable lodgings. Outside, the rain kept on coming down with no sign of letting up. The hut was nearly empty. Only a few other guests, who had also come up by cable car, shared the large sitting room. Together we enjoyed the rain and the mist, the peace and quiet of the hut, and the warmth of the tiled stove.

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The next day was sunny and clear. The peaks of the Dachstein across the valley had gotten their first snow of the year, but the weather was ideal for hiking. We started our hike.

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The weather held, more or less, for the next few days, but in retrospect, we would not lead a group of people over the route we took.

The first segment of the trek, in particular, was wet and slippery. It was strenuous, difficult and slow going. The ground had been thoroughly soaked for weeks on end. You had to watch your footing on every step.  There was little chance of tumbling over a cliff, should you slip and fall, but there was a great likelihood of falling on your ass and breaking your tailbone if you were not super careful. It happened to an experienced hiker who cracked his knee on the same day. A quick, unguarded turn to look back on the trail and down he went. Even if you got back up without injury, you’d be covered in mud. This is not a great way to arrive at the next hut where opportunities to clean up and dry out are severely limited.

The next few segments of the trek were all right for hiking. Except for short sections, from the Theodor-Koerner Hut onward the trail leads over mostly stable ground, even when its wet, and it is totally enjoyable. The views all along are breath taking.

The Durchgang – a steep passage that leads through a gap in a ridge – was no more difficult than I previously described.

The Durchgang or Passage

The Durchgang or Passage

In the Photo above you’ll see the numerous switch-backs up to the gap. The upper section in particular will scare you if you have vertigo, but the steepest parts are secured with cables anchored to the rock. Wooden treads, also anchored to the ground. prevent slipping. A reasonably fit person can negotiate this and the next portions of the trail without serious problems.

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But for now we are putting this particular hut-to-hut trek on hold. As it is, this is not a trek we want to do with course participants when it rains – or following weeks of rain. We are evaluating alternative combinations of routes and segments to come and we’re hoping to come up with a different alpine hiking and art journaling experience.

For example, we may use the Gablonzer Hut as a permanent base camp. It’s easy to get to, it has excellent facilities, and it has the best kitchen of all of the huts we visited.  From there we can take a variety of day hikes, including hikes around the lakes in the valley below (we’d take the cable car up and down). Also, there is plenty of room to gather around tables for art journaling sessions and the staff is friendly.

We’ll keep you posted. Look for an updated trail description of the Gosaukamm hut-to-hut trek. There we’ll detail our experiences and give you pointers for going on your own outstanding alpine hiking experience. .

In the meantime, you may also want to read about our experiences on:

The Karwendel Transversal – An easy hut-to-hut trek through an indescribably beautiful mountain range.

A Week in the Wachau – Medieval towns, ancient castles, abbeys and vineyards along the Danube.

You should also read our overview of the Karwendel Transversal. That trek is definitely a hut to hut trek we’ll add to our roster.

 

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  1. Jan Martin says:

    Great narrative–and pictures–maybe you should do a travel guide? Video? Fun! Thanks for sharing!

  2. E. Flanders says:

    Very helpful. Thanks!

    • Roland Wostl says:

      If you hiked it, let us know how it went. If you haven’t hiked it yet, feel free to ask questions.

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