Crossing the Vorderseespitze (2.889 m)


Difficulty: S / UIAA II
Area/location: Lechtal Alps
Duration: ca. 7 - 9 Stunden
Ascent: approx. 1.700 m
Descent: approx. 1.700 m

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Up the east ridge, descending the southern couloir: crossing the Vorderseespitze is a well-know and demanding tour in the Lechtal Alps. The main facts: Favourable and stable conditions are mandatory; ascent approx. 1.700 m of altitude; several short and exposed climbing sections in the area UIAA II; partly long and steep descents around 40°.

Head of Kaisertal valley

Leaving the car at the parking in Kaiser (1.518 m), the route takes you up the Kaisertal, passing the Kaiseralm hut (1.689 m) to the head of the valley. From there the ascent leads you eastwards to a nameless ridge (2.600 m) south of the Stierlahnzug ridge.

Nameless ridge (2.600 m) south of the Stierlahnzug ridge

After a short downhill section you head for the 40° steep and narrow stage which leads to the lower parts of the Vorderseeferner.

Ascent to the Vorderseeferner

It´s an easy ascent via Vorderseeferner to get to the east ridge of the Vorderseespitze. The ridge offers some exposed climbing sections up to UIAA II. Depending on the conditions, crampons and ice pick can be very helpful.

East ridge of the Vorderseespitze

East ridge of the Vorderseespitze

Before reaching the top, the couloir of the Vorderseespitze is already well visible. It will take you down to the Vordersee through a wide cirque. A great descent of approx. 500 m of altitude!

Descent – southern draw of Vorderseespitze

After descending there´s a short climb to the Hinterseejoch (2.482 m). While skiing back to the upper part of the Kaisertal valley, you will find northwestern to western faces with steep sections up to 40° decline.

Descent from the Hinterseejoch

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