Rinnenspitze 3003 m

 

You go by car into Oberbergtal, a side valley to Stubaital. The road ends at Oberisshütte (the middle of the picture) at 1742m where there is a car parking. The first section of the path is easy and relatively flat. (larger picture)

 

After a while the path divides into one "easy" and one "difficult". The "difficult" path isn´t difficult at all but provides the best wiews and is shorter but steeper. You follow the stream Alpbach, that throws itself down the mountain in constant rapids and waterfalls. (larger picture)

 

On a little more than 2000m you pass Alpeiner Alm, where you can order some food if you are tired already. (larger picture)

 

But here is also Franz Senn Hütte in sight straigh ahead, about 150 altitude meters higher. (larger picture)

 

At Franz Senn Hütte, 2149m, a gathering point for paths leading in all directions and with various difficulties. This means it is also a gathering point for many hikers. (larger picture)

 

Heading towards Rinnenspitze, now some 100 altitude meters above Franz Senn Hütte. The path winds at first, then goes diagonal up the slope. (larger picture)

 

Up at 2540m there is a wooden table and a bench, once put there by an English hiker. Rinnenspitze rises behind. (larger picture)

 

The lake Rinnensee at 2650m is just at the side of the path going to the peak. Here it is seen from 2700m. (larger picture)

 

From this altitude it gradually gets steeper and steeper. (larger picture)

 

At a little more than 2900m the real climb begins, with wire and iron bars for hands and feet. (larger pucture) 

 

The last part you follow a narrow rigde to the top. All difficult sections are well secured with wire and iron bars, but requires care and concentration. (larger picture)

 

A fairly simple metal cross is placed on the top of Rinnenspitze, 3003m. The peak is small, just a few meters in all directions with steep slopes. (larger picture)

 

Rinnensee seen from the peak. (larger picture)

 

In the other direction is the glacier Lüsener Ferner, 300m under the peak with an almost vertical cliff down, a mighty sight. (larger picture)

 

It is difficult to describe the feeling up here, but i believe this picture gives a hint. (larger picture)
On the way down I take a few extra minutes to go to Rinnensee for a pause there. It is well worth a visit. (larger picture)