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Polinik

Ski Touring · Kötschach-Mauthen
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From the Plöckenhaus into Angerbachtal and then on flat forest paths up to the Spielbodenalm. Finally steep and alpine to the summit. Demanding tour, which especially in the upper part offers wonderful slopes.
moderate
Distance 12.8 km
3:15 h
1,081 m
1,159 m
2,332 m
1,220 m
The Polinik is a classic in the Plöckenpass area, even if the ascent in the lower part is a bit long. From the summit, however, there are magnificent views of the mighty cellar wall or even to the north towards the Hohe Tauern.

Author’s recommendation

Beware of southern congestion. In such cases, the polinik can quickly get into dense clouds.
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Author
Gerhard Hohenwarter
Update: January 20, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Polinik, 2,332 m
Lowest point
Plöckenhaus, 1,220 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

The uppermost part is very steep and requires absolutely safe conditions.

Tips and hints

Skitouren mit geprüften Skitouren-Guide:

  • Sölle Sport: Tröpolach Tel.: +43 (0) 4285 / 7100
  • Harald Assinger: St. Paul/Gailtal Tel.: +43 (0) 4283 / 2107 oder +43 (0) 664 / 111 95 88
  • Sepp Szöke: Weissbriach Tel: +43 (0) 4286 / 458 oder +43 (0) 664 / 337 29 67
  • Go Vertical: Kötschach-Mauthen Tel.: +43 (0)650/7033035 oder +43 (0)664 3527305

Start

Plöckenhaus (1,222 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.616254, 12.952302
DMS
46°36'58.5"N 12°57'08.3"E
UTM
33T 343213 5164557
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Destination

Polinik

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Plöckenhaus, take the road westwards into the Angerbach valley to the Grünsee lake following the "Polinik" signs. After the lake, the Frostweg leads to the sunny side, where the trail also branches off up to the Untere Spielbodenalm. If the snow conditions are suitable, you can ascend via this to the alpine pasture at 1621m. If there is little snow, there is the possibility of a lengthy ascent via the forest path in several, sometimes wide hairpin bends. Just east of the Untere Spielbodenalm the forest path meets the marked summer path. Again following the signpost Polinik, the trail climbs up through the forest for a short time, where the ski tourer finally reaches open terrain at about 1700m above sea level. Soon you reach the Oberen Spielboden Alm (1821m) and from there you cross over a steep slope into a wide basin. Keeping to the left (western) side of the valley, the ski tourer climbs higher over steep slopes. Depending on the snow conditions, you either head directly over the south-east flank towards the summit or first head for Spielbodentörl and from there over steep slopes to the highest point. To reach the summit cross, the summiter has to descend a few meters on foot to the north over the ridge.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Travel to Kötschach-Mauthen is possible by public transport.

Getting there

From Kötschach- Mauthen on the B 110 towards Plöckenpass until Plöckenhaus.

Parking

Parking at the Plöcken Pass

Coordinates

DD
46.616254, 12.952302
DMS
46°36'58.5"N 12°57'08.3"E
UTM
33T 343213 5164557
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

avalanche transceiver, probe, avalanche shovel, crampons

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.8 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
1,081 m
Descent
1,159 m
Highest point
2,332 m
Lowest point
1,220 m
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