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Wildspitze is the highest peak in the Otztal Alps, and the second highest peak in Austria. It is heavily glaciated, but is a straightforward climb by the normal route. The North Face is 55 degrees and is popular among ice climbers.

Elevation (feet): 12,375
Elevation (meters): 3,772
Continent: Europe
Country: Austria/Italy
Range/Region: Otztal Alps
Latitude: 46.8833
Longitude: 10.8833
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1861
First successful climber(s): L. Klotz
Nearest major airport: Innsbruck, Austria
Convenient Center: Vent, Austria

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 47 trip reports for Wildspitze.

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  • Log #20969 - by Sjoerd Slegtenhorst on Aug 23, 2007
    It was a hot day in july 2006. We left from the Vernagthutte early in de morning. We encountered the first snow in the glaciers at 3100m. The snow was pretty soft.
  • Log #20916 - by Christine Theodorovics on July 31, 2007
    Nice, long walk.
  • Log #20599 - by Jan Blunar on Jan 15, 2007
    Finding normal route too dangerous for ski climb in January, we decided to sky Hinterer Brochkogel west face, then down to Braslauer hute. Too few snow in lower parts of the walley (3000-2500 mnm),...
  • Log #19199 - by Barry Marple on Sep 27, 2006
    This was a school trip in 1955, we were all 16 yrs old. We went by Land Rover from Hoch Solden, part of the way and spent the night in the Breslau Hutte. We climbed the following morning and we all...
  • Log #19412 - by Ryszard and Tomasz Wichary on Sep 27, 2006
    I started from Breslauer Hutte then I went through Mtterkarferner to Mitterkarjoch follow a very steep dangerous snowy couloir and then near the ridge to the summit.
  • Log #8098 - by Rob Lotthrincx on Nov 01, 2004
    A long snowwalking route with a lot of other "climbers". But in may '99 I was in the Oetztal to climb the north route of the Wildspitze and Hintere Brochkogel. Unfortunatly, the falling...
  • Log #8059 - by Robert Bradbury on Oct 06, 2004
    Started snowing upon leaving Vent, route past Breslauer Hutte and up Mitterkarferner to Mitterkarjoch. Across Taschachferner and upto summit. Visibility for whole climb was poor with high winds...
  • Log #8104 - by Steve Pardoe on Aug 22, 2004
    Wonderful summit, very attractive situation; very accesible through the Pitztal train. My first real Alpine peak, climbed with my brother in law David Raper who guided me. Thanks again, Dave, if you...
  • Log #8061 - by Nico on Aug 02, 2004
    Climbed the mountain starting from Taschachhaus. Left there at 4.45AM and reached the summit at 10.30AM. Beautiful, sunny day.
  • Log #8063 - by Christine Theodorovics on June 24, 2004
    Came from Braunschweigerhütte - long, long walk over the glacier; very cold wind up there. Very, very long walk back. very happy to have reached the hut! .-) Nice tour; great mountain!
  • Log #8064 - by H Ross on Nov 26, 2003
    From Breslauer Hut via Mitterkarferner to Mitterkarjoch and via Tachaschferner and the west ridge to the summit. Perfect day.
  • Log #8065 - by Rich Morgan on Nov 26, 2003
    Very good weather on this long and crowded climb from the Braunschweiger Htt. Not difficult and a bit boring at times, but still nice. Last meters of rock were the most interesting, with crampons on....
  • Log #8066 - by Ryszard and Tomasz Wichary on Oct 31, 2003
    Very dangerous descent to Breslauer Hutte through snowing couloir !!!
  • Log #8067 - by Johan Wuyts on Oct 03, 2003
    My first 3000'er! magnificent conditions, great view. tough climb and long exhousting descent through fresh now around the mountain.
  • Log #8068 - by Matijs Burger on Apr 08, 2003
    Nice sunny winter day. Walked up on ski from the Vernagt hutte. 100 metres before the summit we made a ski depot and walked up to the top. Superb descent on ski back to the Vernagt hutte.
  • Log #8069 - by Malcolm Pattison on Feb 21, 2003
    I was apart of a military ski mountaineering expediton,Osatal Dimond. We Climeb in a bit of a white out so the view was crap. it was a good day by all, and a good mountain to have in the bag to end...
  • Log #8070 - by Norbert Fels on Sep 18, 2002
    Cold weather, snow, rain, fog Under this conditions not recommended
  • Log #8071 - by David Allan on Aug 28, 2002
    Six (6) of us on the Team, my last expedition before leaving the RAF. Thanks go to Gorden Carling (expedition leader) for accepting my grovelling application. Two brilliant weeks of terrific views...
  • Log #8072 - by Karl-Heinz Bremen on Mar 24, 2002
    went up together with Andreas, very nice time and super summerweather (kingweather we call..), started to climb in 2001 will continue for sure....
  • Log #8073 - by W. Koridon on Mar 06, 2002
    7 years (c)old
  • Log #8074 - by Andreas Koehn on Nov 30, 2001
    the first summit in my life, cause i started climbing this summer and guess to have find out one of the best sport activity. in th e next few years i want to climb Mount Rainier, WA. Who wants to...
  • Log #8075 - by Bart Baert on Oct 04, 2001
    We did the climb starting from Tasachhaus. we left there at 6 am and we summitted at 2 pm. The climb is quite long, techical not really difficult. You start with walking beneath the glacier until you...
  • Log #8076 - by Frank Hunger on Sep 10, 2001
    In summer of 2000 I wanted to make the Wildspitze. In the first days of July there was fallen many snow. In the middle of July everybody would climb the summit. I couldn't stay in the Breslauer...
  • Log #8077 - by Dougie Crawford on Sep 02, 2001
    Beautiful, popular peak, summitted after unecessary overnight bivvy at the col as part of Joint Services Alpine Mountaineering course....Yawn!!!!
  • Log #8078 - by LUCA ZAMBONI on July 24, 2001
    only one thing: wildspitze is an incredible peak, the most beautiful I have gone up!!!
  • Log #8079 - by Heiko Seeberger on July 23, 2001
    The way from the "Brandenburger Haus" is easy and pretty safe and you have a great view onto the glaciers. The way down to the "Taschachhaus" on the so-called way on the right...
  • Log #8080 - by Allex on July 19, 2001
    cold, but nice no problem from Breslauer hutte, crampons+ice axe+rope recomended Allex
  • Log #8081 - by Donald Suidman on May 04, 2001
    With Bas en Joanne at 9.10 in the morning at the top. Our first serious peak.
  • Log #8083 - by Bernhard Fleisch on Dec 23, 2000
    Nice cold Winter day. I walked up with my skies accompanied by my friend Marco Klocker. 100 metres before the summit we layed down the skis and walked up to the top with crampons. Really a...
  • Log #8084 - by Marc Gillingwater on Dec 20, 2000
    My first major acheivement, completed with 5th Cambridge Venture Scout Unit after a 5-day hut tour starting at Roefen, then moving to Hochjoch-Hoeh hut, up to the Brandenburger hut (my favourite!),...
  • Log #8085 - by Stephane Peysson on July 29, 2000
    Fait en deux jours avec dÈpart de Vent, nuit au refuge Breslauer Hutte. Il a plu toute la nuit mais le matin, le beau temps (relatif) Ètait de retour. J'Ètais le seul francophone du groupe mais...
  • Log #8086 - by Branimir Hitrec on July 23, 2000
    My climbing partner Goran Seremet and I reached the summit of Wildspitze last Friday at 10 o`clock.It was very beautiful climb.The weather was perfect.The nigh before we slept in Breslauerhutte,and...
  • Log #8087 - by Franco e Raffaella Nizardo on Mar 06, 2000
    Bergheil! - Il 25 luglio 1999 era una splendida giornata, mio marito ed io abbiamo raggiunto la vetta. Lungo quell'affilata cresta ho avuto un pÚ di paura,ma in cima la meravigliosa vista...
  • Log #8088 - by Remco Woutersen on Nov 07, 1999
    Climbed the peak twice, first time from Taschachhaus (my highest peak at the time) and second time from Breslauerhutte after first climbing the Brochkogel. Nice and easy peak, but far too busy. If...
  • Log #8089 - by Kurt Chody on Sep 30, 1999
    Left the Breslauer Hütte about 5.50 a.m. The weather was very cloudy, windy and cold. The route was via the steep Mitterkarjoch, Mittelbergferner to the summit. In the deep snow the tour was pretty...
  • Log #8090 - by Luidegr Roeckrath on Sep 13, 1999
    The number of entries in this summit log is a proof of how popular this peak is. We took the route from the Breslauer Hut over Mitterkarjoch (3468 m) which is the shortest (3.5 h from the hut to the...
  • Log #8091 - by Henk de Weerd on Sep 11, 1999
    Beste bergvrienden, Voor een verslag van de beklimming van deze top surf je naar www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Reef/9569 Bergheil, Henk
  • Log #8092 - by Johannes Dobinger on Sep 08, 1999
    Wonderful climb from the "Braunschweiger Huette". Very scenic walk once you left the glacier ski slopes behind. Perfect weather conditions. Negative effect of teh good weather is the soft...
  • Log #8094 - by Christine + Martin ZUBER on Aug 23, 1999
    Left the Braunschweiger Hütte at 05 :45h - great day, sun, but very windy. The five of us were in good shape. Climbed summit (which unfortunately was a bit crwoded) at 12:30h. Came back to at around...
  • Log #8095 - by Ben Lang on July 23, 1999
    Started from Valley at 2.oo am as arrived too late for walk-in the previous day. Hard work on soft snow below the bergschrund but otherwise straightforward ascent of the N. face followed by descent...
  • Log #8096 - by Milja en Alex on July 12, 1999
    During a fog-covered and wind-blasted chilly morning, we left at six from the Vernagt-Hütte. After five hours we summited as second group. Just before we reached the summit the weather rapidly...
  • Log #8097 - by Susan Allender on June 08, 1999
    too busy!!!!!(but still good fun)
  • Log #8099 - by Frank on May 31, 1999
    It's a nice trip going up to 3776 m. by following the normal route. But everybody goes up that way. However when you like iceclimbing, just try the north face of this mountain.
  • Log #8100 - by Tom Lattre on May 11, 1999
    When you are 18 years old, this is the mountain to start with. Every minute you get more experience with the mountains, every second you're enjoying being there. But you need a good physical...
  • Log #8101 - by Tony Allen on Mar 16, 1999
    Set out from Breslauer Hut at 5am. Summited at about 8am in perfect weather. First ones to reach the top that day. Met guided parties on the way down trudging up deteriorating slushy snow.
  • Log #8102 - by an anonymous user on Mar 04, 1999
    Snowfall and really bad weather in August
  • Log #8103 - by DE RIDDER JAN on Oct 17, 1998
    I'm not a real peak climber, but starting from Mittelberg with the Pitz-express, the top is easy to reach.