Published: October 26, 2021 3:25 p.m.
His curiosity about chamois gave a 26-year-old a cold night in a rock face on the Krippenstein in Obertraun (Gmunden district). The man had hiked to the “5 Fingers” viewing platform on Monday afternoon. When he saw a chamois, he followed her into the pathless, rocky terrain to observe the animal more closely – until he was stuck in the darkness in a rock wall.
Although it was already dark, the French tried to follow the sure-footed chamois in the steep terrain. In the darkness he could no longer see the chamois die, nor climb or descend from the rock face. He looked for a safe place where he would get through the cold night without help. At midnight he called his girlfriend, who was in Salzburg, on his cell phone and described his predicament in the Salzkammergut. The 29-year-old French woman alerted the police.
Helicopter finds hikers on Krippenstein
A helicopter suitable for night flight could quickly locate the man. A rescue from the rock face was not possible in the dark. Mountain rescuers and an alpine policeman climbed up to the French. A ground-based rescue from the pathless, rock-strewn terrain was too dangerous for the emergency services, informed the state police department of Upper Austria.
The rescue workers called out to the man that he had to hold out in the wall at night and that he would be rescued in daylight. Until then she stayed within shouting distance of the French. The mission ended at 7.30 a.m. According to the police, the tour planning and equipment of the 26-year-old were not sufficient.
Accessed on October 27, 2021 at 1:17 am on https://www.salzburg24.at/news/salzburg/ Grenznah/wanderer-verhaben-gaemse-am-krippenstein-nacht-im-frei-verbracht-111453844