A mountain peak without a summit cross? For many hikers and mountaineers, that’s simply unimaginable. But why?
The precursors of the summit crosses were weather crosses, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Such crosses were supposed to keep away lightning, storms, and hail. At the same time, they also acted as boundary markers for Alpine pastures or communities.
The first summit crosses were erected in the 19th century after numerous first ascents. They were considered a symbol of gratitude for health, luck on the mountain, and peace. The summit book was also introduced just a short time later. This book is attached to the respective cross and has blank pages for you to write your name after a successful summit ascent.
In Ratschings, there are crosses of all kinds on all known peaks. On the Agglsspitze, for example, there is a small, red wooden cross. The cross stands out perfectly in the mountain scenery and is highly recognisable. Other wooden crosses can be found on peaks such as the Mittagsspitze, the Fleckner, the Zunderspitze, and the Jaufenspitz – and each one looks different.