3.8.2010 - After the rain on Tschaneck and Gontalscharte

Yetserday´s rain came this morning with a thunderstorm at 6 a.m. The following day is rainy, so we stay in the wellness area of our hotel. At noon, however, the rain ceases, and at 3 p.m. it is dry and clear enough for me to take the risk of a short afternoon walk. So I walk from the Katschberg saddle to Gamskogelhuette and further on to the summit of Tschaneck (2.024 m), the opposite side down to the Gontal scar (1.911 m) and around the mountain back to Gamskogel hut  and back down, altogether a delightful three hour´s walk with about 400 m of ascent and descent.

The first part of the route leads through the forest.

Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium)

Viewing north to the Niedere Tauern: Most summits in clouds still.

Ski pists are fenced.

On the Tschaneck: the view to the dominating neighbour, Kareck (2.481 m)

Panoramic picture from the summit of Tschaneck. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

Lovely flower meadows on the western slopes of Tschaneck.

Lots of mountain arnica (Arnica montana)

with different visitors ...


Krainer Ragwort (Krainer Greiskraut, Senecio incanus ssp. carniolicus) ...

 ...  in Austria also called "Gelber Speik"

The sun comes out now, which is a great pleasure for the flower photographer.

Einkoepfiges Ferkelkraut (Hypochaeris uniflora)

Fruits of Alpine pasqueflower(Pulsatilla alpina) are shining in the sunlight.

Viwe in southern direction, far right is Reitereck

The wide spread Gon dale, with Kareck as its head.

View down to the Gon-dale scar.

Zooming in to Niedere Tauern. The clouds are lifting a bit, so the pointed Lungauer Kalkspitze (2.471 m) is out of the clouds.

Alpen - Prachtnelke - "Large Pink" (Dianthus superbus subsp. alpestris)

Still it is rather windy, so good flower pictures are a matter of patience.

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Einkoepfiges Ferkelkraut (Hypochaeris uniflora)

As seen from the scar, Kareck looks much more dangerous - in fact, I walked down the steep grassy slopes on 7.8.2010 - from the summit directly into the Gon dale.

View along the Gon dale scar over the Lieser valley to the Nock mountains.

Field scabious (Knautia arvensis)

The improving weather is making up for some stunning cloud scenario ...



View down the Lieser valley with the village of Rennweg.

Endivien - Habichtskraut (Hieracium intybaceum)

Near the Gamskogel hut this pretty chapel, with Aineck behind ...

 ... and with the Nock mountains.

Now the descent through the forest.

On a wet grassy place inmidst the forest cotton grass (Eriophorum latifolium), ...

Fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) ...

... and Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia palustris)

Once more Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) ...

 ... and wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) near the road.