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Haindlkarhütte Lodge

Haindlkarhütte Lodge

A house near the rock face.

If the pork roast tastes as good as the Gesäuse Perle lemonade and if you can catch a glimpse of the white fingers of climbers scaling neighbour rockfaces through the spyglass then you must be at Haindlkarhütte Lodge. Mighty and majestic are just two of the words that come to the minds of hikers and climbers when they take a break here and marvel at the Hochtor Mountains.

The Haindlkarhütte Lodge is what you could call a typical lodge in the Gesäuse. Amidst the mountain scenery, in front of the towering rock faces of the Hochtor Mountains and surrounded by rocks and scree. If you want to experience the lodge feeling first hand you should plan a total hiking time of two hours starting at Weidendom Visitor Centre. Of course you can also spend the night here, in between the giant mountains that seem to hug the lodge from all sides.

A lodge for pioneers.

The history of Haindkarhütte Lodge is closely linked to some of the pioneers of alpinism such as Paul Preuss, Fritz Kasparek and Hubert Peterka. The Viennese section of the Austrian Alpine Association established a basecamp here as early as 1923. The Haindlkarhütte as we know it today was built in 1958 and fits in perfectly with the surrounding environment when it comes to colour and shape. The views from here are unique and inspire interesting conversations – it clearly never gets boring 1,121 metres above sea level.

A lodge for pioneers.

Haindlkarhütte Lodge is not only a great starting point for long climbing routes through the north wall of the Hochtor Mountains and along the Peternpfad Trail, it is also the perfect stop off when you are on the loop hike. This tour starts at Gasthof Bachbrücke Inn along the ‘Wild John’ story trail and leads through a large scree field and ravine called ‘Gseng’ to the lodge. From there it’s back to the parking lot through a dry river bed.

Ascent:

  • from the parking lot at Haindlkar (between Gstatterboden and Bachbrücke Inn) via trail no. 658 in 1.5 h
  • from the branch-off at »Gseng« (approx. 2 km along the road heading towards Johnsbach) on trail no. 658 in 2.5 h

Transition / Tour / Summits:

  • Traverse to Hesshütte Lodge via Peternpfad Trail (II) in 4 h.
  • Several summits in the area of the Haindlkar Lodge (Planspitze, Peternscharte, Roßkuppe, Dachl and Hochtor) require the ability to scale a second-grade climb.

Climbing:

  • There are many routes that lead up the steep mountain sides, such as the Peternpfad (II), the north face of the Hochtor Mountain, (Jahn-Zimmer, III) or the Pichlweg trail (II+) up to Planspitze Peak.
  • Classic tours: Roßkuppe Peak–north-western ridge, Dachl–north wall and Großer Ödstein–north-western ridge (IV+ and VI), new routes of up to IX

 

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