Stubai Alps


The translation is "hawk", and it was likely the shape of the mountain that somehow suggested this name. The 3,277 m high summit is seen from the Starkenburger Hut, from the north.

Habicht once again

This time from the Regensburger Hut, a view from the west assisted by the evening sun. The way up to the summit is a three hours hike from the Innsbrucker Hut.


First of all, "ferner" is a local Austrian term for "glacier". The Mischbach resides on the north face of the Habicht, here seen from the very top of the mountain. The small glacier is visible in its full length on the photograph above.


A view from the small Bremer Hut early in the morning with the Simmingferner in the far distance.


This is the highest peak in the Stubai Alps. It is 3,507 m high and the direct translation means "sugar-loaf", a good name resembling the shape of the summit. The Sulzenauferner covers the northern slopes.


This is one of the most impressive glaciers in the area due to its big icefall. Experts believe the alpine glaciers to disappear within the next fifty years due to the global warming.


This glacier is the one in the valley before the pass on the right photograph.

An Austrian pass

I am used to the word "pass" for a place where to jump from one valley into the next. In Austria as in the Alps in general people are using local terms. The pronounciation of this pass, the Grawagrubennieder, became a little rough, and my linguistic feeling tells me that the part "nieder" stands for the "pass"-part. More often the words "Joch" or "sattel" are used.


The glacier must have lived through better times, as there is the well-built side moraine that forms the blue Gruenau-Lake. More evidence for the melting ice, and a certain guarantee for the soon-to-be historical value of the photographs.

The Daunkogel

Or one of them, since there are several Daunkogels in the area. "Kogel" or "Kogl" is again local slang for "mountain", but "Spitze" is more popular. The 3,332 m high Daunkogel is seen from the Mutterberger Lake.

From the Innsbrucker Hut

An evening panorama after a thunderstorm, which shows, from left to right, the Eisenspitze (2,674 m), the Gschnitzer Tribulaun (2,946 m), and the Pflerscher Tribulaun (3,097 m).