Last Monday I left Sölden and drove to Pitztal, the next valley where I met up with five other people to start a six day long high alpine training at the base of Wildspitze (3768m), the second highest mountain in Austria.
A three hour long hike brought us to the Taschachhaus (2434m) where we stayed for the next five nights. Originally built right at the Taschach-glacier, the Taschachhaus is the perfect base camp for alpine trainings, even though the glacier now is another one hour hike away from the camp.
With breathtaking-views, a small climbing hall, and accommodation for over 150 people, it is the best place to learn the basics of high alpinism, including glacier hiking, rope party, and self-rescue. Throughout our stay wer weren’t the only trainees – the German and Austrian Army, alpine police, and other mountaineering schools were based at the Taschachhaus.
After receiving the necessary equipment (crampons, rope, HMS etc), the first day was spend with theory lessons about how to walk up and down on steep glaciers and ended with a delicious four course dinner. Soon after, however, we went to sleep to get ready for the actual first day on the glacier.