Lechtal (37) August 
4 weeks of vacation again in Austria! Great. It gets harder to find places, I haven't been though, so I was happy to find out that you can hike between the huts for 10 days straight in the Lechtaler Alpen. They are a bit lower than what I am used but because of the stone not less challenging. The weather was mixed, with some snow so I couldn't do the tricky part - the "Augsburger Höhenweg". Apart from that it was a great tour between Elmen, Imst and Lech, not too far from the German border. Only low point was a visit to Valluga and Ulmer Hütte (skiing area). click for more pictures
 Schobergruppe (42) August 
The Schobergruppe is a small range of mountains south of the Großglockner (highest mountain in Austria). Accordingly, the mountains were a bit higher and I saw a few more glaciers. The highest summit in this area is the Petzeck which I climbed but it was too foggy to see anything. The high point was definitely when I spent a night in a Biwak on a ridge and climbed the Böses Weibl very early in the morning to see the sun rise into a clear blue sky after a few days of rather nasty weather. For the summit of Hochschober I also had great weather. click for more pictures
 Ötztal - first day (32) August 
The last week I met up with Helmut and Andreas (see last year) and Mike (also a good friend from my glacier class in 2001) and we went to hike some more glaciers in the Ötztal. The first day was so spectacular that I had to dedicate a whole page ot it. We started at the Breslauer Hütte going up to the Mitterkarjoch where we left the crowds that were heading for the Wildpitze (highest mountain in Tyrol). We went down the Taschachferner in the back of the Wildspitze through a stunning glacier-covered landscape. On the way to the Taschachhaus we spend a couple of hours in the lower ice falls, having fun managing some steep ice. click for more pictures
 Ötztal - rest (36) August 
The next day, we crossed a maze of crevasses on our ascend to the Taschachjoch. It was really fun, I didn't think we'd find our way through but as there was no snow we could always find narrow gaps or ice-bridges to cross. On the way down we walked over the huge Vernagtferner. It was almost completely devoid of any snow and heavily melting, which was quite a sad sight, because it is so big and on the best way to vanish. After that we crossed the Hauslabjoch the following day, unfortunately it was too windy to climb the Fineilspitze. The next few days were a bit foggy and it rained a lot, so we remained on proper trails and had a chance to see the beautiful Obergurgl - valley and enjoy Kasknödel at the Ramolhaus. click for more pictures