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Ferrata wire, the first and last. Perhaps it's welcome on the somewhat loose ground.
Markus about to descend toward Fiderepass.
Markus comes down from Hochgehrenspitze summit. This short climb is a little airy, though helped by a couple of iron steps in the rock.
Ifen plays hide-and-seek while we continue toward Schwazwasserhütte.
Coming down from Steinmandl, the ridge is to our right (south). The peak in the middle is Grünhorn.
This panorama includes Hählekopf, Hohe Ifen in clouds, and the ridge we have gone along - from its beginning (mid picture) to Grünhorn (right). We are about to descend the smooth Steinmandl ridge starting at the bottom left, toward Schwarzwasser hut.
Late autumn scenery in the Hochgerach area. The beginning of river Silbersach meanders northwest across a small high plateau.
To our northwest, below Gerachsattel, the first nooks of Silbersach give contrast to the flat valley floor. The mountain up left is Diedamskopf; from this angle steep and wild, though tamed with ski lifts on its southern slopes.
Hohe Ifen in autumn.
Hählekopf in autumn.
Hählekopf and Hohe Ifen in autumn
Schwarzwasseralpe in autumn
Schwarzwassertal as seen from Steinmandl east ridge.
The view from Steinmandl is grand. Hohe Ifen straight ahead.
We made it! The last few meters of ascent to Steinmandl, last summit of the tour.
Hohe Ifen and Schwarzwassertal from the Grünhorn-Steinmandl ridge
Autumn colors near Steinmandl
Rocky ridge from Grünhorn to Steinmandl.
Looking back toward Grünhorn and the steepest descent of the tour. There's a bit of hands on, but no proper scrambling.
One may choose to scramble every rock fon the way to Steinmandl or fun, but most of them (though not all) can actually be skipped.
Descending from snow-covered Grünhorn towards Steinmandl. Thankfully the rockier section ahead is relatively dry.
Demonstrating shoe sliding.
Where the vegetation makes it through the snow it's really colorful!
Markus demonstrates running in the mountains. But in truth, we're slower than anticipated because of the snow and bad habit of photographing.
We didn't expect it to be such a white wonderland today!
The first part after Walmendinger Horn is untechnical, with only a couple of short steep sections. With the reward of views over Kleinwalsertal this is a popular section - many begin by taking the lift from Walmendinger Horn.
We take a break at the Hochgehrenspitze summit, here looking back along the ridge to Walser Hammerspitze.
Looking back toward an eye-catching tower, which we thankfully can pass without climbing. That will have to wait for a roped climb!
Hochgehrenspitze is getting closer. Three hikers bring perspective to the remaining part.
Happy jogging along the ridge, Walser Hammerspitze furhter back.
One somewhat exposed section of downclimbing (I-II, a little loose).
From here, the ridge becomes interesting, offering bit of scrambling and occasionally somewhat exposed (short sections II).
Time to descend from Walser Hammerspitze toward Hochgehrenspitze.
Today is the first time we have approached this ridge in such exceptional conditions. In late autumn, the ridge isn't particularly overrun in spite of the lift to Kanzelwand operating nearby. The first section to Walser Hammerspitze (right) is not as difficult as the rest (a little hands-on) and is surely an interesting hike on its own, possibly with descent to Kuhgehrenspitze.
Unbikable bike path
Church in Salouf