But a huge avalanche buries the three young men underneath - none of them should survive this tragedy. When the climbers do not return to Vienna in the evening, a rescue operation is organized by Josef Pfannl's brother, in which the well-known Mürzzuschlager hotelier Toni Schruf also participates, unfortunately in vain.
This tragedy caused a sensation throughout the Habsburg Empire and, starting from Vienna, the first alpine rescue stations were set up in Mürzzuschlag, Reichenau and the Gesäuse.
On the traces of this tragedy
Hiking where this sad accident happened? Don't worry, this tour does not take us over the upper Reißtalersteig, which is, by the way, extremely dangerous in winter, but also in spring when there is snow. There lurks above the ladders a huge cornice that can thunder into the valley at any time!
No, we go from Preiner Gscheid to the flowery Siebenbrunnerwiese with the hospitable Waxriegelhaus and further along the picturesque Raxenmäuer on easy paths and trails to the Almgasthof Moassa. The return journey is then a leisurely one along the lower Reißtalersteig trail.
Huts along the tour:Waxriegelhaus, Tel.: 02665/237, Almgasthof Moassa, Tel. 03857/20010.
The first mountain rescue in the world - why here?
Who were those daring men (and occasionally women, of course) who climbed the mountains in their free time from the middle of the 19th century? Of course, not the local people, who could hardly waste their time with such senseless actions, but had to use their time to earn a living, which was often difficult.
The imperial capital and residence city of Vienna was close by!
But with the construction of the Semmering Railway (opened in 1854), the Rax, Schneeberg and Stuhleck moved within reach of the Habsburg metropolis of Vienna - and thus within reach of the aristocrats and upper middle classes, who, unlike the local people, had the time as well as the money to climb the Alpine peaks voluntarily. So it came as it had to come - because with the climbing and descending also began the falling down - and thus the now already 125-year-old history of the mountain rescue.
There is also an exhibition section on the history of mountain rescue in the Mürzzuschlag Winter Sports Museum (www.wintersportmuseum.com).
Rest stopsMoassa, Almgasthof
Safety informationThe entire path is safe to walk, proper clothing or hiking equipment necessary!
Emergency call mountain rescue: 140, www.bergrettung-stmk.at
Tip for emergency reporting - give answers to the six W-questions:What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting (callback number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the accident site?
Attention: the memorial plaque at the entrance to the insured Reißtalersteig (not part of this hike) is located at a place dangerous for rockfall, do not rest here under any circumstances!
Tips and hintswww.hochsteiermark.at
Huts along the tour:Waxriegelhaus, Tel.: 02665/237, Almgasthof Moassa, Tel. 03857/20010
ParkingLarge and busy parking lot (especially on weekends).
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EquipmentProper backpacking makes a lot of things easier:
Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended!
For all hikes, be sure to wear good, ankle-high shoes!
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