Duerrenstein 24./25.7.1012

For several years already I intended to climb Duerrenstein, 1878 m, between Lunz and Göstling in Nether Austria. Today, Mario and I start at noon from home, at the highway rest near St. Pölten we meet up with Franz, to continue the drive. At about 3 p.m. we start from the hamlet of Stiegengraben up to the Ybbstaler Hütte.

At the small parking place.

Good way marks at the beginning.

Come on now, not always take pictures!

The picturesque Ybbs valley viewing up in direction Göstling ...

 ... and down to Lunz am See.


Steep escarpments near the path ...

 ... and deep ravines.

The view is a bit restricted today.

Suddenly we cross the boarder of the high plateau of the Ybbstaler hut. Hütte. The forest is being cut down here.

Already flowers in the area of the former valley ...

 ... and here, a flash was striking. Somebody has replaced the way mark plaque.

The Austrian Alpine club (Österreichischer Alpenverein) keeps the way marking up to date all the time.

At least we reach the hut, after about 800 m of ascent. Here we will spend the night.

Mario and Franz

Good view to the Gesaeuse mountains from the hut.

After a good dinner, I go for a short stroll with the camera.

Northern wolfsbane (Aconitum lycoctonum)

Yellow oxeye daisy (Buphthalmum salicifolium)

Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

Yellow oxeye daisy (Buphthalmum salicifolium)

This fenced area is a constructed wetland for treatment of the hut´s wastewater. Growth of the plants is used for degradation of the hazardous substances. Good for summer, not working in winter, but the hut is open only from June to September.

Evening sky, in front of the hut.

25.7.: Mist and rain from the morning, no view at all. We change our plan of a linear walk along the Lunz´ lakes down to Lunz, leave the rucksacks and the camera at the hut and climb the summit of Duerrenstein (1.878 m). On the descent a short lunch inside the hut, and we re-enter the car at 2 p.m.. The new expensive camera is in the rucksack, tightly packed into exped bags, and there it stays. No more pictures therefore.