I know, I know, I’m becoming a bit of a climbing freak, but it’s so much fun, great exercise and really rewarding. I think I might be addicted after conquering Hochgolling!
This week I climbed up HochGolling, which is the highest mountain in Austria’s Lungau region – about an hour south of Salzburg. It’s perfect as part of an Austrian walking or hiking holiday or walking holiday
I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but Hoch Golling was pretty hard and I think I might be the first ever ‘English lady’ to conquer the summit. At 2,862 metres, Hoch Golling is Lungau’s highest peak.
According to Wikipedia: The Hochgolling (2,862 m) is a mountain of the Eastern Alps, located on the border of Steiermark and Salzburg, Austria, near the ski resort of Schladming. It is the highest peak of the Lower Tauern range.
A hiking rather than a climbing peak, the mountain is relatively low by alpine standards, but still towers over all of its neighbours. Its northern face is a 1,200 m high wall, while its other slopes are more gentle. A long ridge slopes south from the summit, dividing the Göriach Valley from the Lessach Valley.
Due to Hochgolling’s topographic isolation the views from its summit are panoramic, stretching from the glaciated peaks of the vast High Tauern in the west to the lower Gurktal Alps to the east, and including the Julian Alps, Kamnik Alps and Karawanks to the south.
The highest mountain in the whole of Austria is Grossglockner (in German written as Großglockner). It’s a massive 3,782 metres tall! My climbing skills have probably got a way to go before I take that one on…!