I packed some stuff (too much as it turned out) and headed off to the Stubai. First stop is the Innsbrucker Hutte (interior pic, including the lovely huge ceramic stove) and first mountain is the Habicht, which SummitPost doesn’t take too seriously, at least for the Voie Normale. Probably correctly; it isn’t hard in decent conditions. Last year I failed after backing off in heavy snow conditions and thick cloud. I was about 270 m off the summit but couldn’t see that on the ground, due to the cloud, and my old watch, unlike the new 610, wouldn’t tell me my GPS height.
But this time I could see the mountain from the hut:
That’s the East ridge above the initial grass I suppose, which is most of the route; you can’t see the summit at this point. The route is well marked (if not covered in snow; I’ll stop saying that) but somewhat unsatisfactory, in that it bobbles up the rather broad ridge and could really go almost anywhere; though of course its sensible to follow the marked and in places made route.
Looking back from nearly the start of the rock section down to the hut and the Kalkwand:
Around about here are a couple of plaques to remind you to take care:
And there are good views down into the Pinnistal with the long and zig-zaggy path up to the hut:
There’s even some meteorology to be seen:
Above the ridge you start getting to the snow and can just see the summit cross:
And higher still, looking back, I can see my tracks across the snow and down to the hut:
Then the somewhat rubbly final ridge:
and a bit more:
to the top:
Sorry, no selfie. When I got back down the view was back to “normal”: