Dürre Wand

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The Dürre Wand (literally barren wall) is a mountain ridge in Lower Austria and belongs topographically to the Gutenstein Alps. It stretches from Miesenbach in a WSW direction to the Schneeberg. The Dürre Wand is a ridge, rocky in places, which is bordered by pastures, forests and waterfalls. In contrast to Hohe Wand plateau in the immediate east, it culminates in a narrow ridge-line with its hiking trail offering outstanding views.

Elevations[edit]

The highest elevations are Katharinenschlag (1,222 m AA), Schober (1,213 m (AA)), Öhler (1,183 m (AA)) and Plattenstein (1,154 m (AA)).

Gauermann Hut (May 2013)

Refuge huts[edit]

Located more or less central on the ridge, east of Öhler at a height of 1,027 m (AA), is the Öhler (Refuge) Hut which belongs to Friends of Nature (Naturfreunde). On Plattenstein sits the Gauermann Hut owned and run by the Austrian Tourist Club (Österreichischer Touristenklub) or ÖTK.

Caves[edit]

The Tabler Cave (Tablerhöhle, 1862/10)[1] east of the Plattenstein and the Erzloch (1862/4), a shaft cave east of the Öhler refuge hut, are two caves on the crest of the Dürre Wand. Other important caves are the Malepartuskluft (1862/19), Bergmilchkammer (1862/20), Marechle Cave (1862/21), Schichtkammer (1862/23) and the Vierpfeiler Cave (1862/24) (all in the Marecherkogel south of the Öhler near Puchberg am Schneeberg), the Zinsensteinhöhle (1862/11) and the Waldbodenloch (1862/61) (all in the north of the Dürre Wand near Gutenstein). In all, exactly one hundred caves are recorded in the register for Region 1862 - Dürre Wand.[2][3]

Gallery[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The numbers after the cave names refer to the Austrian Cave Register (Österreichische Höhlenverzeichnis (ÖHV)) that in the state of Lower Austria are supported by the cadastral municipal societies:
    Landesverein für Höhlenkunde in Wien und Niederösterreich,
    Forschergruppe Neunkirchen des Landesvereins für Höhlenkunde in Wien und Niederösterreich,
    Tauch- und Fahrtenclub Hannibal
    sowie
    „Höhlenkundliche Gruppe“ des Österreichischen Touristenklubs (ÖTK),
    von der Karst- und höhlenkundlichen Abteilung des Verbandes Österreichischer Höhlenforscher geführt wird.
  2. ^ Fink: Höhlen Niederösterreichs, passim as well as Hartmann: Höhlen Niederösterreichs, passim.
  3. ^ Höhlenkundliche Mitteilungen, passim.

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Coordinates: 47°49′59″N 15°55′17″E / 47.83306°N 15.92139°E / 47.83306; 15.92139