Slept well and breakfasted well, should start at 7 o'clock the long descent to the parking lot Dientalm. Since we wanted to hike up to the Watzmannhaus on the same day, we had to take a quick trip down to the valley. The decision was made on the Birkarsteig.The Birgkar is an alpine trail in the Schrofen area. Gravel-covered rock slabs, even in August often steep snow fields, and large rockfall danger make the Birgkar the most dangerous ascent to the Hochkönig. Almost the entire route is located in the crash area, so sure-footedness and a head for heights are essential.A BEAUTIFUL AND AT THE SAME DANGEROUS RISE!Parallel to the Birkarsteig runs the famous KÖNIGSJODLER-KLETTERSTEIG.
The day before we were climbing on top of the KÖNIGSJODLER-KLETTERSTEIG ourselves, we could see on descent from another perspective, how crazy this via ferrata is.
August 19, 2019
Because of the huge dimensions and persistent difficulties, the Königsjodler is one of the heaviest climbing systems in the Eastern Alps! The trail leads about 1700 meters over the Teufelshörner, the Kematstein (also Kummetstein) and ends at the Hoher Kopf. The trail usually runs directly on the wild ridge and extremely spectacular on small and large gorges (Jungfrauensprung, Devil's Gorge and "Flying Fox" on the Sallerriss) and eight sometimes very sharp towers. As one usually descends very steeply from the top of the tower and has to ascend the next tower, the 1700 climbing meters become a stress test. Even the landscape is the trail very impressive. On beautiful days, the panorama is unbeatable. The Erstbegeher laid over the entire, very varied and sometimes quite exposed length of an almost continuous safety rope (except easy Gehpasspassagen).
August 19, 2019