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Alpen Tage 6 Obergurgl - Rotmoosjoch

Dotted lines: #notatrail


GPS trace recorded by MyTracks.


At one point, we were able to see the sun was unblocked by further mountains.




The trail we followed was a dotted line trail, we found out later that means an unmarked seasonal mountaineering trail which requires rock climbing equipment.





GPS trace, show section from the Ratmoosferner trail to the Ratmoosjoch (Ratmoos notch).


After we had slid down the glacier and we were in a stable location, I took a screenshot of where the gps showed us. I forgot to snapshot it while we were on the incline, which showed we were in italy probably due to gps drift of being on top of snow and not a solid surface.

We spent a while at the ridge, the gps trace shows lots of slipping (speeds of 5km/hour without changes in altitude.)


We went through Rotmoosferner in late June 2018 and found that climbing from the glacier to the ridge required snowshoes (slope > 70 degrees) due to deep unpacked snow. Visiting the Rotmoosferner trail is recommended to see the amazing rock debris left by the glacier melt. However, continuing the footpath to cross over the mountain ridge should only be done with proper equipment. The rock slides are unstable and the ridge does not appear to have existing rock climbing attachments to clip into, unlike other ridge crossing trails in the Alps. There is a dotted trail on some maps to cross the ridge to get to the Zwickauer Hütte which can be found as an unmarked footpath (missing red/white markers on the ground). After the ground turns to snow and shifting rock, the path can be followed using GPS from the Ratmoosferner to the Ratmoosjoch. Note: dotted trails are seasonal unmarked mountaineering trails which require rock climbing equipment. Locals said it is recommended to try to cross there only in July or August, and only with a Bergfahrer (mountaineer) who can secure the attachments. Rotmoosjoch (Redmoss Notch) is a notch in the mountain range where you can cross from Austria to Italy only in peak summer. There is a unmarked trail you can follow using GPS from the Ratmoosferner (Redmoss Glacier) trail to the Ratmoosjoch, it exists as a dotted trail on some maps. Note: a dotted trail means a mountaineering trail, which requires free rock climbing. We went there in late June 2018 and found that climbing to the ridge required snow shoes (slope > 70 degrees) due to deep unpacked snow. Locals said is recommended to cross there only in July or August, and only with a Bergfahrer (mountaineer). The snow and rock slides underneath the snow are unstable. Once you get up to the ridge you will find the ridge does not appear to have existing rock climbing attachments to clip into at the GPS location of the joch (noch).

 


On a sunny day we would have been able to see the glacier.



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