Wildkopf March 2014

We were feeling rather unmotivated in the morning as the weather was supposed to go bad, and the snow conditions had been so difficult yesterday evening. Still we set off to see if we could find some half-way useable snow. It was good that we did as we ended up summiting on Wildkopf (2719 m). It was quite a nice tour with a steep little section near the top. Leonie tried out her new crampons and we made it to the top. We even got some powder snow on our descent… We decided not to stay another night and packed our gear at the hut and skied back down to the car and headed home.

Leonie heading upwards (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)Leonie and snow (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)

Above left: The weather was predicted to go bad so we headed off to see if we could at least find a little bit of half way descent snow. Above right: Luckily the sun came out and thawed the snow a little and further up there was even a little powder.

Leonie on the ridge to Wildkopf (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)Us at the summit (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)Us at the summit 2 (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)

Above left: We headed up to Wildkopf. Not really because we had planned to but mostly because we were searching for nice snow and then came across a nice looking summit cross above us. This is Leonie on the ridge to the summit. Above middle: And this is us at the summit. Above right: And this is us at the summit.

Our lonely skis (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)Leonie getting ready for the descent (Ski touring Potsdamer Hütte)

Above left: Looking back down to our ski depot. We left the skis there and climbed the last section up the steep rinne (reports on the internet say 40 degrees) to the ridge. Leonie tried out her new crampons and I kicked steps in the snow as I had foolishly left mine at the hut. Above right: After a nice little powder descent for me from the steep little rinne near the summit we got ready to head back down to the hut. To our surprise we found quite a few nice powder patches and only a little breakable crust (a big improvement on yesterday evening).

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