Torkopf via Torscharte: A Ridge of a Summit

Oh tempting are the mountains… Another bright-sun-on-a-weekend occasion comes along, and not before long I find myself (again) heading towards the Alps. Barbara joins me today and brings in a charming tour, a chamois in disguise and good mood.

Beautiful Karwendel

Region of the day is Karwendel with the typical rough and rocky appearance. I suspect that each cow, marmot and flower is part of an overall touristic campaign, aiming to balance the smooth and the rough.

The Smooth and the Rough on top of Torscharte (1.815m)

Having arrived at the Torscharte in time and well in shape, we decide to continue towards the Torkopf summit. From here, ways get interesting and steep, elevating venturing hikers in fast-forward-mode.

Heading up and Looking down on the Torscharte (eagle eyes will detect the hikers en miniature).

Hiking sticks are the ultimate upgrade in this part of the track as we continue steady, but cautiously uphill.

Guiding us through the Rocks: Chamois masqueraded as a young Woman

A single 2m–rock marks the key point, sorting the wheat from the chaff. Once passed, the last section is almost harmless, especially when finding the right turn. But even when half walking, half climbing between rock and grass, you might make it to the peak.

Happy among Rocks (Fake News! Instead of the real heave, this pic shows the inner sensation of how it felt…)

Eventually, we make it to the summit that appears rather a ridge than a peak.

Hiking the Alps
Then on top: Perspective rewards those who dare the Effort

We enjoy some Gipfelsemmeln, sun and outlook. We are close to the most crowded spot around, given the view to the Karwendelspitze with its majestic flanks and impressive size. Easily reached with the Karwendelbahn, it is a famous place for lazy tourists – and thanks to our northern position, we hardly see any of them.

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Backside of Karwendelspitze (with Torscharte beneath)

For today, we have reached the highest point, elevated well above the intermediate Torscharte, and search for further action. Some exercise might be good, making us look slim and slender even besides the tiny summit cross.

Hiking the Alps
How to burn Gipfelsemmel Calories

After a while, we decide to call it a quit and appreciate gravity on our sides for the way down. With a slight sigh, we leave the typical rock-and-green-grass landscape behind, immersing in forest paths and in the devouring shade of the Karwendel-flanks. 7,5 hours (including pause on top) are fine for today, proved by the sunburn I will detect tomorrow.

Outtakes: The real climbing rock of the tour, trifling disillusioning.

How to climb down a rock in the least elegant way…
1.100m altit. differenceca. 14 km6:45halmost challenging