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Skiing tour in the Karawanken - Over the western flank to the summit of Mittagskogel

Ski Touring · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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At first it goes unspectacularly higher through the forest, before you suddenly stand in the steep channel system under the Kleiner Mittagskogel. The exposed crossing into the Mittagskogel west flank is only for experienced ski tourers with a good head for heights. The west flank is not very long but simply beautiful.
difficult
10.5 km
2:14 h
1,280 m
1,280 m
At the latest when you have driven the Mittagskogel west flank, you count to a true ski tourer or wild dog.

Author’s recommendation

The Mittagskogel West Flank is a classic spring tour. Due to the different expositions (above west and below north) you don't have to be extremely early.

During the descent, make sure not to stumble down too early from the ridge between Mittagskogel Westflanke and Kleinem Mittagskogel to the north. Here you have the possibility to cross into a channel below the Kleiner Mittagskogel and follow it to the forest path.

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Author
Gerhard Hohenwarter
Updated: August 16, 2019
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Mittagskogel, 2,145 m
Lowest point
Outschena, 913 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Exposition / cardinal direction
NESW

Safety information

This tour is only to be carried out in absolutely safe conditions. For the transition between the Kleinem Mittagskogel and the Mittagskogel West flank, a head for heights is absolutely necessary. For this area it is recommended to take crampons with you.

Tips, hints and links

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

Start

Outschena (912 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.536813, 13.916051
DMS
46°32'12.5"N 13°54'57.8"E
UTM
33T 416882 5154264
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Destination

Mittagskogel

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park, follow the forest path to the south-east, flat uphill. At about 1000m above sea level, the ski tourer reaches a ditch, through which he passes an old customs hut (1101m) and climbs to about 1360m, where he reaches a new forest path in the sense of the summer markings. On this, keeping to the east (left), over a small saddle (1400m) into the turning north flank of the Kleine Mittagskogel. At the end of the forest path, you cross a very steep slope (danger of avalanches) onto a prominent ridge, from which the wild Mittagskogel ditches open up to the hiker. One now pulls slightly uphill under the Kleiner Mittagskogel to a small ramp, which goes higher to the south, before it flows into a channel and climbs to the southwest up to the Kleiner Mittagskogel (1815m) (in this passage the skis are mostly carried). Now you follow the ridge towards Mittagskogel (east) and reach the key point of the tour. From the lowest point of the overhang, one climbs directly along the very exposed ridge over a steep step into the actual Mittagskogel west flank, over which one then goes up to the summit.

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Getting there

From Latschach am Faaker See or Finkenstein you drive in the direction of Gasthof Baumgartner. A few metres below the inn, a road leads east towards Outschena. After a few meters a road branches off to the right over a meadow up to a single house. Follow this until you reach the house.

Parking

Parking is available in front of the residential building at the beginning of the Forststraße.

Coordinates

DD
46.536813, 13.916051
DMS
46°32'12.5"N 13°54'57.8"E
UTM
33T 416882 5154264
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

LVS, probe, avalanche shovel, crampon, crampon.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
10.5 km
Duration
2:14h
Ascent
1,280 m
Descent
1,280 m
Scenic Summit route
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

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