But a huge avalanche buries the three young men underneath - none of them should survive this tragedy. When the climbers do not return to Vienna in the evening, a rescue operation is organized by Josef Pfannl's brother, in which the well-known Mürzzuschlager hotelier Toni Schruf also participates, unfortunately in vain.
This tragedy caused a sensation throughout the Habsburg Empire and, starting from Vienna, the first alpine rescue stations were set up in Mürzzuschlag, Reichenau and the Gesäuse.
On the traces of this tragedy
Hiking where this sad accident happened? Don't worry, this tour does not take us over the upper Reißtalersteig, which is, by the way, extremely dangerous in winter, but also in spring when there is snow. There lurks above the ladders a huge cornice that can thunder into the valley at any time!
No, we go from Preiner Gscheid to the flowery Siebenbrunnerwiese with the hospitable Waxriegelhaus and further along the picturesque Raxenmäuer on easy paths and trails to the Almgasthof Moassa. The return journey is then a leisurely one along the lower Reißtalersteig trail.