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Via Ferrata recommended route

Via Ferrata Schwärzenkamm - Obergurgl

Via Ferrata · Oetztal · closed
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closed
difficult
Distance 8.1 km
4:00 h
350 m
164 m
A truly breathtaking panoramic via ferrata amid Obergurgl's glacier world. The route is not extremely difficult but quite demanding due to its high Alpine location and the north-facing walls. Previous via ferrata experience is absolutely required. There are enough footholds and also two emergency exits (marked) which allow shortcuts.

 

Trail length and time required 

350 meters altitude gain (2410 - 2760 m), 700 m climbing trail length, approx. 3 hours; 4 hours incl. descent to Langtalereck Hütte.

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Author
Ötztal Tourismus 
Update: November 30, 2021
Difficulty
B/C difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,762 m
Lowest point
1,902 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Wall height
350 m
Climbing length
700 m, 3:00 h
Descent
1:00 h

Safety information

SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA

The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:

 

  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment

 

Tips and hints

More details about climbing in Ötztal:

https://www.oetztal.com/klettern

Start

Obergurgl (1,906 m)
Coordinates:
DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 

Destination

Obergurgl

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting with easy grade-A/B sections, the route becomes more difficult at the end (C/D). The eye-catching grass area after the first third of the via ferrata makes a perfect place for a rest stop. Here you can also leave the route via two emergency exits.

 

Descent

From the exit area you reach Hochwilde Haus in about 40 minutes, Langtalereck Hütte in 60 minutes and Obergurgl in about 2.5 hours.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Obergurgl is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

From Obergurgl you walk towards Langtalereck Hütte (2.5 hrs), keeping to the trail (no. 35) in direction Hochwilde Haus. After 20 minutes you reach the via ferrata access point (follow signposts).

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl:
  • Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, free of charge - no parking at night

Coordinates

DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Specialized equipment based on the climbing path is necessary. Such as breathable clothing that is suited on the weather (functional underwear, climbing pants, T-shirt and longsleeve, fleece jacket), climbing shoes or trekking shoes, helmet, harness, safety device, chalk bag & chalk, hard brush, tape, rope bag, express sets, quickdraws, karabiner, tape loop & prusik knot, figure eight or tube, chocks/nuts & nut key, headlight, wind-, rain- and sun protection, cap, potentially gloves. We recommend brining a first aid box, a mobile phone and a topo. Take sufficient provisions with you when there is no hut nearby.

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
B/C difficult
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
164 m
Scenic classic via ferrata

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