Hiking is all very well and good, but walking in the rocky terrain and over stones is not what coaxes us out. We want to head up into the ‘vertical’, preferably still getting to enjoy the breath-taking views to the surrounding mountains. The Hohe Tauern provides a first-rate stomping ground for all sorts of ‘vertical’ adventures. Be that on a sports-oriented climbing tour in a climbing course, on the epic via ferrata routes or in a high-Alpine summit tackling section.
Via ferrata routes in den Hohe Tauern
Totally secure rock faces and fantastic conditions for sports level climbing are what make the via ferrata routes in the Hohe Tauern National Park stand out. Danielsberg in Mölltal has a fantastic climbing course with 30 routes, ranging from difficulty levels IV – IX. In the Arthur-von-Schmidhaus climbing centre there are even up to 50 routes ranging in difficulty levels of between III – IX. In the area around the Reißeck Bahn you will find a completely new climbing area which has 12 routes ranging in difficulty levels from between III – VI.
Adventure-packed climbing on the Hochalmspitze
The elegantly proportioned Hochalmspitze has rightly been described as being the ‘Tauernkönigin’. Detmolder Grat is a challenging, yet very rewarding route to the impressive summit. The tour requires via ferrata experience too, with speedy, safe movements in rocky terrain, with difficulty levels of up to Grad I-II. Walking on snow and firn fields should not present any difficulty either, not to mention a good helping of endurance to get to this fantastic summit. Those who manage it will however be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views.
Via ferrata routes – Vertical for everyone
In the last few years, no other Alpine sport has enjoyed such high popularity as via ferrata. Yet many people underestimate the fact that “via ferratas” are Alpine areas, where knowledge and experience are key elements. On the Säuleck Südwand Steig we get straight to the nitty gritty with its D and E sections. The practice via ferrata routes in the Arthur-von-Schmidhaus climbing centre and at the Reißeck-Hütte are easier.
The Möllschlucht via ferrata route near Heiligenblut provides a via ferrata route which has C & D sections, proceeding along the “Wild Water” of the Möll, through an impressive ravine. The Pirknerklamm in Drautal offers a superb, not too difficult via ferrata, which has easy-going C sections. The passage at the Regenbogenfall is a highlight, where you climb directly above the thundering masses of water. The light that comes into the spray of the water generates the majority of the rainbows.
Indoor climbing – fun for all ages
At the gateway to the Mölltal and to the Hohe Tauern National Park region – right on the B106 – is Mühldorf climbing hall. As one of the biggest climbing halls in Carinthia, Mühldorf climbing hall is a climbing paradise spanning more than 1250m² and over 110 routes. 5 self-protection units ensure that it is not just experts that are well catered for, so too are newcomers and those who have an interest in climbing. In the colourfully designed children’s fun area even the littlest children get to familiarise themselves with climbing in a fun way and play out their natural desire to get moving. The adjoining Bistro which has a sun terrace invites you to relax and enjoy yourself. Mühldorf climbing hall provides an extensive range of courses, workshops and events (for instance children’s birthdays and company events).
Opening hours. Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, Holiday: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
More infos you can find on www.kletterhalle-kaernten.at