Climbing in Tirol
Looking for a challenge and planning a climbing holiday in Tyrol? Then you can't do better than the Ötztal. With its 600 climbing routes graded from easy to difficult, the Ötztal is one of the most attractive climbing regions for the beginner and more experienced climber.
The following is a selection of the climbing gardens in Ötztal:
In Oetz, the garden starts directly at the side of the road and is thus readily accessible. Both easy and difficult sections are provided.
- The Ötztal's largest climbing garden is in Tumpen, located between Umhausen and Oetz , which is suitable for both experts and families.
- On the western side of the valley basin at Längenfeld can be found the rocks of the Oberried climbing garden. The many easy routes and the meadow reaching right to the foot of the ascent make Oberried ideal for families and beginners.
- Right in the centre of Sölden just above the Freizeit Arena is the climbing garden of the same name. The 25-metre granite wall provides perfect conditions for those who prefer to climb on a slight overhang.
- Near the Moosalm in Sölden there is a excellent climbing garden that offers a great choice of options to beginners. This region is perfect for those those who would like to combine climbing and trekking.
The best via ferratas in the Ötztal:
- The Reinhard Schiestl via ferrata on the Burgsteiner Wand in Längenfeld is the most difficult of its kind in the Ötztal. It leads up an almost vertical granite face to a height of more than 200 metres. It has cables, clamps and stemples along its whole section. There are adequate footholds and three rest stations. From the Burgstein high meadows (several refreshment stations), there is a magnificent view of the Stubai and Ötztal Alps.
- The "Lehner Wasserfall" via ferrata near Längenfeld's museum of local history is also suitable for beginners as it is possible to avoid the most difficult section.
- Perfect for the whole family, on the other hand, is the via ferrata at the"Stuibenfall" waterfall in Umhausen l,. Even so, this 450-metre route requires surefootedness and a head for heights.
- A sensational view of theObergurgl glacier is provided from the "Schwärzenkamm" via ferrata. Although in terms of difficulty this route might be considered one of the easiest, its high elevation and the fact that it is exposed on the northern side of the slope mean it is challenging and should only be attempted by experienced climbers. There are plenty of footholds and two emergency escape routes, which are clearly marked.