Martin Gruber had to be the first. Not necessarily because he couldn’t wait any longer to brace himself against the stormy spring wind on the western high plateau of the Höllengebirge. But because tradition dictates it. It opens on Palm Sunday Hochleckenhaus. Every year, whatever the weather. On April 2, the native of Salzburg, who lives in Schildorn in the Innviertel, started the summer season with his partner Eva.
Since then, almost two meters of fresh snow have fallen and melted again. Only now are the paths on the Hochlecken finally free of “white horrible stuff”, as Florian Marl, hut host of the Albert Appel House, located in the middle of the Dead Mountains, denotes the snow at the end of May. The ascents to the Appelhaus from Grundlsee, Altaussee and Offensee are already possible, but crossing the plateau still needs time to thaw out.
All huts open from June 8th
If you choose to climb from Lake Offensee, you will pass Birgit Mayer’s summer residence. The trained doctor is very familiar with the care, from May 27th in the Rinnerhütte food for hungry and thirsty hikers is again guaranteed. Mayer officially starts her second season at Pentecost.
The cold season is also a thing of the past on the Traunstein. Both Gerald and Sandra Auinger offer early summer at the Gmundnerhütte as well as Roman Leithner and Michaela Schell im Traunstein house at. With a significantly lower price for the shuttle bus, which chauffeurs hikers from Gmunden Seebahnhof to the starting point, parking problems have also been alleviated.
Those who are currently looking at the small and large Pyhrgas from the Windischgarsten basin, on the other hand, do not yet feel fully reminded of the mountain summer. But he has already stopped at two Gabriels.
Gabriel Straß, who with his girlfriend Larissa Mitkovski die Gowilalm managed, hikers have been invited to rest since May 1st. “Up to us it’s already summery, if you want to go to the little Pyhrgas, you have to be careful because of three snow fields,” he says.
And Gabriel Povacz, who is in his second season with his partner Ingrid Lindlbauer Hofalm left looks optimistically towards Greater Pyhrgas. The normal route over the Hofalmsattel is already being used, winter is on the retreat. And those who arrive in public will not only be rewarded with the view on the Hofalm, but also with a free overnight stay on July 12th and August 2nd: The “Nach
The best climate is already between Leon, Nu and Gabi. It has to, because that Ebensee Hochkogelhaus, which will open on May 26th, has three new hut keepers – equal rights, without hierarchy. “We actually wanted to start on May 18. But the winter still had something against that,” says Leon Matev, who has been part of the hut’s inventory for the past few years. In the meantime, however, everything has been dug out and the work is largely complete.
Max Verwagner, on the other hand, has the heat firmly under control. However, for the time being only those who come from the kitchen Goisererhütte runs out This year, the landlord is primarily in front of the stove himself. “The paths are free, summer can come,” he says. From June 8th, all huts in Upper Austria will be open – with one exception: Die Riederhuette in the Höllengebirge is being rebuilt.
These huts will be unlocking soon
- May 26: Hochkogelhaus, Ebensee
- May 26: Wiesberghaus, Hallstatt
- May 27: Welserhütte, Grünau im Almtal
- May 27: Rinnerhütte, Ebensee
- June 1: Pühringerhütte, access via the Röll (Almsee)
- June 1: Tide shelter, Hinterstoder
- June 1: Seethalerhütte, access via Wiesberghaus and Simonyhütte or from the mountain station of the Dachstein-Südwandbahn
- 3rd of June: Hofpürglhütte, approach via Vorderen Gosausee
- 8th June: Adamekhuette, Gosau