Whoever wants to experience the climbing feeling without the practice or in depth training, should definitely try Klettersteig. Also popularly known as via ferrata, these are safe climbing routes where you are securely attached to a line and there are grips for your hands and feet. However for the first time on a Klettersteig, a climbing instructor is advisable (but not compulsory).
Climbing in East Tyrol is somewhat of a national sport. Here the world is your oyster – climbing walls, high ropes courses and Klettersteige. Dive into one of the most active climbing scenes in Austria and make the most of the sunshine hours in East Tyrol.
In Lienz, where AdventureAustria is based, there are a number of via ferrata/Klettersteige to choose from:
The Galitzenklamm Canyon
Spectacular waterfalls and canyons await climbers on several different difficulty routes. Conveniently located just a few km outside of Lienz makes this an extremely popular climbing destination whether for a couple of hours or for the whole day. The Galitzenklamm also has a brand new high ropes course, a fall away swing and different water features in a small childrens park.
The Galitzenklamm gorge is also a worthwhile destination for families and can be enjoyed without having to climb. The impressive canyon and waterfalls can be explored on the viewing path which has a number of bridges, viewing platforms and information panels giving details about the eco system, history, geology, bird life and plant life. An excellent traditional restaurant onsite completes the offering.
Klettersteig routes in the Galitzenklamm Canyon
Klettersteig Familien – Beautifully designed with a short ascent and intervals, which although demanding can be climbed independently by children and beginners. This climb is an ideal opportunity to experience your first Klettersteig/via ferrata and takes roughly 45 minutes.
Klettersteig Galitzenklamm – A dramatic climbing route that runs along the side of the canyon directly next to the powerful waterfalls of the Galitzenklamm. Climbing time approximately 1 hour.
Klettersteig Dopamin – The 250 m long climb is a steep ledge climbing wall. The highlights are the “Gods Traverse” with a view of all three waterfalls in the Galitzenklamm and “The Masochist”, a steep, partly overhanging rock passage. Climbing time is about 2 hours.
Klettersteig Adrenalin – This via ferrata is one of the most difficult in southern Austria. Difficulty E, as well as 3 hours of climbing time demand good physical condition as well as previous climbing experience.
Equipment and guides can be hired on site.
Other via ferratas and Klettersteige in East Tyrol
Klettersteig Glödis – Very nice summit climb from the Lienzerhütte mountain lodge in Debanttal. Magnificent views as far as the Grossglockner, Grossvenediger and Drei Zinnen. Approximate climbing time 1 hour, descending time 2 hours.
Klettersteig Spitzkofel – More advanced climbers can tackle the house mountain of Lienz, the Spitzkofel and enjoy the amazing view from the top. A whole day is required.
Panoramakletterweg – Located in the heart of the Lienzer Dolomites and definitely only for experienced climbers, this climbing way can be reached from the Karlbaderhütte mountain lodge. A whole day or more is required.
Madonnen Klettersteig – The Madonna via ferrata, also located high in the Lienzer Dolomites, leads to the two Gamswiesenspitzen summits (2,488 m and 2,454 m) with 650 m of steel cable, mounted on 135 rock anchors. The highlights include a 16-meter-long suspension bridge and the rock Madonna.
A short safety lesson
As much fun as it sounds, the heights involved make climbing on Klettersteige extremely dangerous. If you’ve never climbed before an instructor or guide is recommended. Whatever your climbing experience, always start on the easiest route followed by a more difficult one. Once you are on a Klettersteig – you can’t turn back! So make sure you start on one that matches your ability!
The included equipment is of the highest safety standards as are the instructors and the training they give. Equipment including harness, ropes and helmet are included. Good shoes are also required but not supplied. Thin gloves to avoid blisters are also advisable.