4. July 2006: Kemater Alm - Adolf Pichler Huette - Sonntagskoepfl

I have packed the boots into the car and drive directly from Innsbruck up to Kemater Alm (1.673 m). A wonderful evening walk to Adolf Pichler Huette (1.977 m) and further to Sonntagskoepfl (2.096 m)

In the morning: View from Kematen to Northwest into the upper Inn valley with Hohe Munde (2.662 m) in the distance

Zooming in on Hohe Munde

Kemater Alm (1.673 m) with the ridge of Kalkkoegel comprising numerous summits between 2.500 and 2.800 m. These pictures remind on Dolomites, because here and there limestone is layered on top of silicate rocks. Here the limestone is the rest of the sediments originally having covered all of the Alps, however having been eroded in the central Alps due to the great heights. These sediments however build up the northern and southern Limestone Alps.

Buttercups (Ranunculus montanus)

Alpine Trefoil (Lotus alpinus)

The inn at Kemater Alm

Alpen - Steinquendel (Acinos alpinus)

Varicoloured mountain meadow near Kemater Alm

White Germer (Veratrum album)

Varicoloured mountain meadow

Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra) near Kemater Alm. The trees grow very slowly, only about 10 to 20 cm a year, so this one is at least 50 years old. Nutcrackers are important for their spread, because they build seed depots for the winter. Depots they do not find can germinate. Thus, young exemplars are found in groups sometimes.

Mountain Dandelion (Leontodon montanus)

Kalkkoegel in evening light

Residual snow where avalanches went down during the winter

Alpine Trefoil (Lotus alpinus)

Wood Cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum)

Rost - leaved Alpine roses (Rhododendron ferrugineum). This place is a bit apart from the slopes of Kalkkoegel and built up of silicate. On the Kalkkoegel slopes, a variant named haired Alpine rose is growing, a subspecies with hairy leaves green underside. This one shows rosty brown colour on the under side of the leaves and only grows on silicate.

Mountain avens  (Dryas octopetala), on limestone

Alpine Forget-me-not

Alpine Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. alpestris)

Once more large areas covered with flourishing Alpine roses

Wood Cranesbill

Evening light on Kalkkoegel

Back in Sellrain/Tauegert: Thundercloud over Patscherkofel