cycling season is over for me, so there’s more time to head up into the mountains and enjoy the Austrian landscape…

so I went for a hike yesterday in the area around Kühtai (Tirol’s highest village at 2.020m) and headed up towards Gaiskogel (2.820m).
it’s not really a hard climb, the first 500m up are fairly easy as the lead along a skiing-slope. only the last part is getting a bit more strenuous, as one has to climb up a steep boulder field.

this brings you to the so called Gaiskogelscharte (2.658m) and from there it’s a short way to the Gaiskogel itself.

anyway, this pano was taken pretty much halfway between Gaiskogelscharte and Gaiskogel at approx. 2.720m.

straight ahead you can see the Rotkogel and the Räuhengrat and looking to the left one can see the Kraspesferner (small glacier) with the Rotgrubenspitze (3.042m).

as I was carrying quite some equipment and it was already getting late, I decided to turn around at this point and not continue to the top (appr. another 25min), but instead take a small detour to a reservoir and take some photos there as well….

Canon EOS 40D
Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM
Hoya ND8 filter
Manfrotto 724B digi

3 shot panorama
each shot exposed at -2,0,2 f/11
HDR process & tonemapping: Photomatix Pro 3.2.1
stitch: PTGui

11°03.1687 E
47°12.1673 N


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  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskialmost 5 years ago

    WoW! Fantastic view Stefan, awesome scene and beautifully captured!!

  • thanks John – so I guess it was worth it to bring all th equipment up to 2.700m…

    – Stefan Trenker

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asheralmost 5 years ago

    Nice panoramic Stefen, nice and crisp!

  • thank you Jason – glad you like it!

    – Stefan Trenker

  • DavidIori
    DavidIorialmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured Stefan

  • thanks David :o)

    – Stefan Trenker

  • Katya Lavorovna
    Katya Lavorovnaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful panorama! I cannot believe I am the third to comment?
    This image has it all, the tones, colours, composition, and I just love the way the clouds nestle in between the peaks like cotton….I can just feel that mountain air, yes.

  • thanks Katya – it really is a beautiful view. and the clouds were just a remainder of the morning’s mist…

    – Stefan Trenker

  • anance
    anancealmost 5 years ago

    Incredible!!! very beautiful!

  • thanks Alex – was worth struggeling up ;o)

    – Stefan Trenker

  • James Deypalan
    James Deypalanalmost 5 years ago

    What an effort Stefan… well done its worth climbing for!

  • thanks for your positive comment – that’s what makes me bring along my camera equipment, on my next tour as well :o)

    – Stefan Trenker

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic view and capture!

  • Thanks Béla – it was a great afternoon up there!

    – Stefan Trenker

  • calmac49
    calmac49almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful panaramic shot. Looks like some view….

  • thanks Derek, yes it was a grat view!

    – Stefan Trenker

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 5 years ago

    Very impressive Stefan, and very beautiful!
    Ich liebe die Östereichische Alpen sehr!

  • thanks you – ja, die Alpen haben schon ein paar schöne Aussichten ;o)

    – Stefan Trenker

  • Walter Quirtmair
    Walter Quirtmairover 4 years ago

    Sehr schön, bin dort bisher nur im Winter gewesen. Dein Bild macht lust aufs Wandern :-)

  • Kühtai ist im Winter recht nett zum Ski fahren, nahe bei Innsbruck und relativ schneesicher.
    dort wo das Foto aufgenommen worden ist, kommt man allerdings im Winter nicht hin (oder nur sehr sehr sehr schwer), aber die Aussicht müsste im Winter noch viel gewaltiger sein!

    – Stefan Trenker

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