Ötschergräben
 

Ötschergräben

Ötschergräben[a] is an area about 60 km south of St Pölten criss-crossed with deep canyons. I had thought about renting a car and going hiking in the moutains, so when I convinced Tony that it would be a good idea, we rented a car and went to the nearest good place we could find.

2006-11-11 11:52

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View north toward St Pölten from Annaberg[b].

View south from Annaberg showing the Ötscher (mountain).

2006-11-11 11:54

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2006-11-11 12:20

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The west end of the Eralaufstausee, and the start of our hike.

Cliffs near the starting point. These in particular are on the other side of a dam that bottles up the Eralaufstausee and keeps it from pouring out northward. (The picture was taken from the west end of the dam - on the map[c] this would be where the Ötscherstrasse crosses the northward pointing stream.)

2006-11-11 12:22

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2006-11-11 13:04

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Memorial found a bit into the Ötschergräben. It commemorates the 450th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 theses[d] and with that, the start of the Protestant Reformation.

Fodder hut.

2006-11-11 13:20

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2006-11-11 13:33

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Following a small brook upstreams. Shortly after the picture was taken we turned ninety degrees right and went up the side. Harder than expected with slippery trainers.

View north from a bit up on the Gemeindealpe (the massive immediately south of the Ötschergräben).

2006-11-11 13:59

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2006-11-11 14:03

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View of the Ötscher from the Gemeindealpe.

Strange quad-furcated tree.

2006-11-11 13:15

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