A 60-year-old goes on a mountain tour through the Berchtesgadener Land. Several days after the hiker's last contact with his family, the police and mountain rescue service found a body on the Kleiner Watzmann.
Police and mountain rescue rescued a dead hiker in the Watzmann area. The man had fallen around 150 to 200 meters, the police said. The forces had found the body in search of a missing 60-year-old vacationer from the Lake Constance district, but it is still unclear whether the dead person is him. As reported by the "Bild" newspaper, the officials found the 60-year-old's car in Schönau am Königssee because he was tracking his hike using an app.
At 2,307 meters above sea level, the Kleiner Watzmann is a popular destination for hikers. It is located in the Berchtesgadener Land National Park and stands next to the Watzmann. Inexperienced hikers are explicitly warned on mountaineering portals before climbing the Kleiner Watzmann. Crossing the Kleiner Watzmann is a demanding mountain tour. Above all, the descent route requires special orientation and expertise.
Just two weeks ago, the mountain rescue service on the nearby Hochkalter had to stop a day-long search for a 24-year-old mountaineer without success. In the area near Ramsau, the situation is like the dead of winter. Temperatures are below freezing.
Three teams of mountain rescuers and police mountain guides searched the steep gully and rock faces above and below the site with avalanche probes and electronic tracking devices. During the search in the alpine terrain, they were secured to ropes and had special ice axes and avalanche emergency equipment with them.