2020 Grossglockner ULTRA TRAIL preview

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84 km 5.000 hm I 4 ITRA/UTMB-points | July 24 - 26, 2020

The Race

Start of the Osttirol Trail (OTT 80) is on Enzingerboden (1,483 m) at the ground station of the Weissee Gletscherwelt cable car. From there via the middle station of the cable car directly to the Rudolfshütte (2,315 m). Then continuing, finally passing a snowfield, to Kalser Tauern (2,515 m), and from there in a long technically difficult downhill into the Dorfertal. Rather flat then from approx. Kalser Tauernhaus and later softly down to Kals am Großglockner. From Kals into a long climb to the idyllic "Greiwiesen" and then a short downhill to Lucknerhaus with stunning views of the Grossglockner. The Grossglockner always in view the track passes Lucknerhütte (2,241 m), from there technically difficult to the roof of the GGT 55 at Pfortscharte (2,838 m). Then downhill passing Salmhütte, and continuing on fine trails to Stockerscharte (2,465 m) with stunning views of the Pasterze. From the Stockerscharte technically challenging downhill over the dam of the reservoir Margaritze, up passing the Glocknerhaus, at the end over a snowfield to the Untere Pfandlscharte (2.663 m).

With a final look back on the Grossglockner over a snowfield (attention) in a long downhill down to the Trauneralm, from there flat to Ferleiten and then slightly falling on trails to Fusch an der Glocknerstraße. From Fusch into the last climb, then downhill to Kaprun and through the center of Kaprun to the finish at Maiskogelparkplatz. We pass 9 glaciers, around 300 peaks with more than 3,000 m.

OTT 80 is a very challenging trail run with mostly high alpine trail running. Not only because of the total climb of the race (5,000 m), 3 passes higher than 2,500 m, but also with regard to long very technical trails. The high average altitude in more than 2/3 of the distance means an additional challenge. Racing experience at comparable distances, preferably in the mountains, sure-footedness as well as experience in alpine terrain are prerequisites for the race. For the character of the race and pre-conditions see below; kindly check as well the required "Obligatory Equipment".

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