Hochschwab Mountains

The Hochschwab, Hochschwab Mountains, Hochschwab Alps or Hochschwab Group (German: Hochschwabgruppe) is a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps of Austria. The range is in the Styria. The highest peak is also called Hochschwab and is 2,277 metres above the Adriatic.

Hochschwab
The Hochschwab range from the Schöckl
Highest point
PeakHochschwab
Elevation2,277 m above sea level (AA)
Dimensions
Length40 km (25 mi)
Geography
Location of the Hochschwab within the Eastern Alps
StateStyria, Austria
Range coordinates47°37′05″N 15°08′36″E
Parent rangeNorthern Limestone Alps

Location

The mountain range is located in the eastern part of the Northern Alps in the Austrian state of Styria.

According to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE) the range is bounded as follows:

GroßreiflingSalzaGußwerkWegscheidSeeberg SaddleSeegrabenStübmingbachThörlbach to its confluence with the Mürz – Mürz to its confluence with the Mur – Mur to LeobenVordernberger BachPräbichlErzbachHieflauEnns to Großreifling[1]

It includes:

  • the Hochschwab massif (the Hochschwab group in its specific sense):[2] The extensive limestone plateau covers an area of about 400 km² and is bounded in the east by the Seeberg Saddle and in the west by the Präbichl. Only this massif belongs to the high limestone peaks of the Northern Limestone Alps.
    • the Aflenzer Staritzen (may also be viewed as the eastern foothills of the Hochschwab bergstock)
    • the Zeller Staritzen,[2] in the far northeast
    • Polster, Hochturm, Pribitz and Meßnerin – these are the southern prealps (Vorstöcke) of the Hochschwab east of Präbichl
    • the northern perimeter mountains of the Aflenz Basin, less clearly distinguished from the Hochschwab Group to the north, but with more of a lower mountain character: Ilgner Alpl, Aflenzer Bürgeralm, Oisching/Schießlingalm
  • part of the greywacke zone:
    • the mountains between Pichl-Großdorf and Etmißl
    • the two groups around Kletschachkogel and Thalerkogel between the valleys of Vordernbergertal and Lamingtal
    • the group of the Floning from the Lamingtal valley by the lower Thörlbach stream

Customarily only the limestone alpine region is described as the Hochschwab Group.[2] The area classified systematically by the Alpine Clubs as the southern parts (along the significant orographic line of the valley), which have a completely different appearance, are known hereabouts as the Mürzsteg Alps or Mürz Hills (Mürzberge).

Alpine huts

  • Voisthaler Hut (ÖAV, 1,654 m) - at the foot of the Edelspitzen
  • Sonnschien Hut (ÖAV, 1,523 m)
  • Leobner Hut (ÖAV, 1,582 m) - to the southwest of the mountain range, reachable from the Präbichl pass. Currently closed.
  • Schiestlhaus (ÖTK, 2,154 m) - northeast of the Hochschwab peak
  • Fölzalm (1,484 m)
  • Häuslalm (1,526 m)
  • Gsollalm (1,201 m)
  • Pfaffingalm (1,550 m)

Significant peaks

  • Hochschwab (2,277 m)
  • Ringkamp (2,153 m)
  • Ebenstein (2,123 m)
  • Trenchtling (Hochturm) (2,081 m)
  • Großer Griesstein (2,023 m)
  • Beilstein (2,012 m)
  • Hohe Weichsel (Aflenzer Staritzen) (2,006 m)
  • Brandstein (2,003 m)
  • Riegerin (1,939 m)
  • Pfaffenstein (1,871 m)
  • Meßnerin (1,835 m)
  • Hochblaser (1,771 m)
  • Thalerkogel (1,655 m)
  • Floning (1,583 m)
  • Pribitz (1,579 m)
  • Kampeck (1,525 m)
  • Kletschachkogel (1,457 m)

References

  1. Division of the Alps at bergalbum.de (private website)
  2. N.5, N.5a Hochschwabgruppe - Zeller Staritzen (Nordalpen), Umweltinformation Steiermark | Natur und Landschaft | Landschaftsgliederung

Literature

  • Günter und Luise Auferbauer: Hochschwab. Rother Wanderführer, ISBN 3-7633-4189-7
  • Liselotte Buchenauer: Hochschwab, 1960 (2nd edn., 1974), Leykam Verlag ISBN 3-7011-7044-4
  • Rudolf Ägyd Lindner: Hochschwab. H. Weishaupt Verlag ISBN 3-900310-26-2
  • Ewald Putz: Hochschwab. ISBN 3-85498-325-5
  • Lukas Plan (2002). "Speläologisch-tektonische Charakterisierung der Karstwasserdynamik im Einzugsgebiet der bedeutendsten Quelle der Ostalpen (Kläfferquelle, Hochschwab) - thesis for the Institute of Geology at the University of Vienna" (pdf; 3.2 MB). Verband Österreichischer Höhlenforscher. pp. 9–15. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
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