Hochwipfel (2.195 m) über Rattendorfer Alm
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In the alpine hut on the Rattendorfer Alm.
In 1915-1917, this was an important supply center for the local population with numerous barracks and magazines and the top station of the cable car coming up from the Gailtal. Towards the border ridge you can still find numerous cavern entrances, foundation remains, barrel and trenches, most of which have collapsed.
If you walk up from the Rattendorfer Alm for about 30 minutes on an old war path, you will reach - directly below the "Zanklhütte" - the Scotti Chapel. In front of it are the foundations and a small flat area of a former military cemetery. The chapel, which is close to decay, was restored in an exemplary manner in 1980/81 by a local initiative. Inside an altarpiece representing the Archangel Michael, signed by "Feldwebel Cerny, k.k. steirisches Landsturminfanteriebaon Nr. 150, 1916".
Safety informationIf you are accompanied by your four-legged friend on this tour, be sure to keep him on a leash in the alpine pasture area!
Starting from the parking lot below the Rattendorfer Alm you will reach the Alm itself in a few minutes. From here, keeping to the right, you turn south and ascend to the "Zanklhütte" after about 100 m. Above the hut a marked stone shows you the way to SW. Now you only have to walk on the well recognizable path and enjoy the treeless mountain world with its lush vegetation. Passing below the Hüttenkofel (from the top left, the ring wall looks down on you), the path leads in easy climbs and short flat passages towards the top of the mountain. In the last section immediately below the summit structure, you mobilize your strength once again and look forward to the imminent summit victory.
Once they reach the summit cross, they will find that the efforts of the climb were well worth it. Because the panorama is both magnificent and tremendous:
To the north, the Gailtal Alps with the mighty rock massif of the Reißkofel are just off the coast. Behind it the Hohe Tauern and various mountain groups of Upper Carinthia. From the west, the highest elevation in the Carnic Alps greets you at 2,780 m - the Hohe Warte. A little further north you can see the Lienz Dolomites, and on a clear day, the Großglockner. In the east, for example, the striking features of the Trogkofel and Gartnerkofel cannot be overlooked. And the beauty of the Julian Alps in the south speaks for itself anyway.
Let it all sink in during your well-deserved break at the summit. You have "earned" this moment for yourself.
DESCRIPTION OF THE WAY (descent):
For the descent you can choose between two options:
Either you return to the Rattendorfer Alm on the ascent path or you take the path over the ridge to the east and slightly NE, past the upper edge of the wind shovel, towards the Rattendorfer Riegelalm (1,529 m). From there, you can return along the gravelled alpine path - including numerous marked shortcuts - to the crossroads that you remembered during your car drive to the Rattendorfer Alm a few hours ago. The fact that from here they are not spared the way back to the car is only mentioned in passing. But in view of a hearty snack on the Rattendorfer Alm, even this should not be a problem anymore. In a way, as the crowning glory of a challenging mountain tour.
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