Kanzelwand - Fiderepass - Guggasee - Birgsau
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Thomas went for a hike.
September 9, 2020
In the end, this planned route was even more difficult than the map suggests.The beginning was the mountain station Kanzelwandbahn, then past the Kanzelwand towards the valley and then up to the Fiderepasshütte.After a long break at the Fiderepasshütte in the best weather, it was time to cross the mountain ridge towards the Mindelheim via ferrata. At almost 2200 m, it was also the highest point of the tour.The ascent to the top was evenly over mostly gravel.At the crossing it is then quite tight because many climbers put on their equipment for the via ferrata there.This narrow point also has to be climbed with the help of a steel cable safety device.Because you cannot see what is waiting on the other side, it is already a swing into the unknown.This may sound ridiculous to the experienced, but it was half as dramatic.The panorama on the other side compensates for the queasy feeling.The descent is the usual alpine scree that demands uninterrupted concentration.In the direction of Guggasee on the Via Alpina there are a few short passages that I found the most difficult on this tour.Very narrow paths directly on the steep slope and also a little steep towards the valley.The Guggasee is then quite unspectacular, actually a larger puddle.But the panorama on the entire way and on the slopes of the lake is really fantastic.In the end, the descent to Birgsau was again unfriendly to the joints.There are hardly any relaxing passages, always steep and endless. A difference in altitude of 850 meters is no big deal at the end of such a tour. The alternative via the Breitgehren descent is probably a little more relaxed.The total time with breaks and taking photos was 8 hours. and 15 minutes.
September 10, 2020