Schwarze Wand ice climbing, Tannheim
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Hochgehrenspitze (left) and Deutsche Hammerspitze (right).
Heavy sunside snow, but happy for another day out!
The summit is close now! However, we decided to turn around here due to lacking firmness of the snow.
Occasional scrambling on rock.
The wind is getting slightly annoying as we ascend further.
Steep snow! It is also possible to climb/scramble to the left, about equally easy or difficult.
Going up the remaining SW ridge of Hochgehrenspitze on foot.
A look down to a possible descent. At this point we chose to make a ski depot.
After a steep (30-35 degrees) ascent along the southern slopes of Hochgehrenspitze, we have reached the SW ridge. From here it steepens.
The snow level is sufficient, no negotiation of alpine pine is needed.
Wind on Elferkopf
Fairly strong winds up at the ridges and summits today, as seen here on Elferkopf across the valley.
Sea of mountainpine!
View to Hohe Ifen from our turnaround point, and in the foreground, tourers deciding to continue in spite of the upcoming dwarf mountainpine labyrinth.
View to Toreck, the uppermost part of the ridge is bathing in sunshine. In the foreground. mountainpine.
Ooomph! The snow is settling beneath us. While not exactly avalanche prone terrain right here, it's still a discomforting sound.
Bush climbing... We tried to be gentle to the pines. They are quite sturdy, but considering that we were not alone here today, we do hope that some more snow will give the vegetation more relief.
Looking back at the valley and the blue sky. Beautiful track - thanks for that!
The left-most route on Schwarze Wand (WI3), cleanly climbed by a local guide and his partner.
Jesko back on route and climbing the middle route on Schwarze Wand (WI4).
Jesko decides to go mix climbing - his preferred style. The climbing turns out to be good, but eventually he is forced to jump to get back on route... (all, thankfully, ending well).
Markus abseiling from the middle route of Schwarze Wand, Tannheim.
Sandra following on Schwarze Wand, middle route (WI4).
Markus on top-rope at the main section of the middle waterfall of Schwarze Wand (WI4). The uppermost part can be seen in the photo. It's graded WI2 in Panico Allgäu guidebook, but today it's a clear WI4. In total, the two sections offer 40 climbing meters.
Markus on top-rope at the main section of the middle waterfall of Schwarze Wand (WI4).
Main section of the right-hand waterfall of Schwarze Wand (WI3). Unfortunately, there's only room for one team, and it's already occupied. So we decide to traverse left...
We are now to the right of the waterfalls in the previous photo. Thus, this is the start of the right-hand waterfall (WI3) of Schwarze Wand. Markus and Jesko lead up.
The left-most and middle waterfalls of Schwarze Wand in Tannheim (both routes around WI3-4, possibly brief sections slightly more, and a warmup WI2-3 furthest down).
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.