The vie ferrate around St. Anton am Arlberg are internationally renowned.
Nerves of steel, like the cable you hang on, plus courage, stamina, strength and skill, these are all needed by the climbing enthusiasts on the vie ferrate around St. Anton am Arlberg. The holiday region is surrounded by pastures and lush meadows, but also nestles in a rugged mountain world, attracting climbers from throughout the world every year between June and October who look for and find challenges here.
The Arlberg via ferrate is one of the most demanding Alpine tours..
Great physical fitness and inner calm are required by mountain climbers who take on this Arlberg via ferrate. The ca. three kilometres long and up to just under 2,500 metres high route in St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the five prettiest but most difficult Alpine tours. At dizzy heights, the climbers venture along steep rock faces and over narrow ledges, scramble up vertical rock faces and cross craggy ridges. This calls for not just a head for heights but also full climbing equipment including a helmet. The aerial route leads over the Knoppenjochspitze, Lisunspitze, Haizähne and the Weißschrofenspitze. Four to six hours are required for the route, depending on the weather and level of fitness. A 2,000-metre steel cable, 1,050 rope clamps and 500 hooks help to ensure safety as you work your way along the rocks.
The via ferrate is always a treat for experts since, apart from the high Alpine adventure, you are rewarded by terrific views. The breathtaking panorama stretches from the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps in the north over the Stubai and Ötztal Alps as far as the Verwall and Silvretta. The easiest access to the Arlberg via ferrate is from the Vallugagrat cable car station or from the mountain station of the Kapall chairlift. Important information: for less experienced Alpine climbers, it is recommended that you climb in the company of a local mountain guide.
Cableways timetable (Be aware: they do not operate daily)
Click HERE to download the information sheet for the Arlberg via ferrate! (in German only)
Schnann Gorge and Climbing Practice Course
The wild and romantic Schnann Gorge looms above Schnann to the north - a natural landmark which, with much love and dedication, has been made accessible again to hikers in recent years.
Click HERE to read about the history of the Schnann Gorge! (in German only)
Over the striking rock faces, along the noisy wild mountain torrent, past waterfalls, you have the feeling that the powerful force of nature can also be passed on to you. Roaring, rushing water. A natural wonder which should be experienced. If it is new to you, it is worthwhile hiking through the narrow gorge, with the constant presence of water and changing lighting conditions.
The Schnann Gorge is recommended not only for hiking – it is also worth a climbing trip. You can climb in the climbing practice course at the Schnann Gorge.
Number of routes: 42
Length: 3 rope lengths
Degree of difficulty: 3 – 9
Personal safety equipment is not required as full safety equipment is provided on all routes.
Click HERE to download the information sheet for the Climbing Practice Course! (in German only)
7 climbing practice courses near the Darmstädter mountain lodge with 58 routes
The St. Anton am Arlberg holiday region has even more to offer mountaineering fanatics: a massive, secure gneiss climbing area has grown up in the recent past around the Darmstädter mountain lodge and the mighty Kuchenspitze (3,148 metres).
Here there are seven climbing practice courses with a total of 58 routes in the immediate vicinity of the DAV (German Alpine Club) lodge.
If you have any doubts as to your own capabilities, we recommend going with a mountain guide.
The "Alpinschule St. Anton am Arlberg", beside the Arlberg Climbing Route, also offers tours to the Patteriol, the Kuchenspitze and the Roggspitze in the Lechtal Alps.
You climb roped up to a tested and certified mountain guide with profound knowledge of the local mountains, freeing you of all worry and enabling you to enjoy your adventure to the fullest.
Click HERE to visit the Darmstädter Hütte website for more information about the Climbing Practice Course.
Recommended link: www.climbers-paradise.com for information about other climbing area in western Tyrol.
High ropes course in the Verwall Valley
Right on the banks of the Rosanna River, it is not just your pulse rate that soars. At a height of some six metres, you can clamber about in the high ropes course among the trees.
The route runs over eight stations, demanding a certain degree of coordination from climbers. Initial training includes balancing on tree trunks and walking along rope ladders.
Towards the end of the circuit, there are even more tricky tasks such as making your way hand over hand along a rope using rope slings.
Particularly clever: a section with freely hanging stirrups high up in the air at the end of the circuit.
The two mountain and ski guides, Erich Schweiger and Thomas Strolz, devised and realised the high ropes course. Visitors should certainly not be afraid of this enjoyable challenge. The high ropes course in the Verwall is led by expert guides from the outdoor company H2O.
Safety, introduction and guidance are carried out with great professionalism.
Registration for the High Ropes Course: at the Sommer Aktiv Office in St. Anton am Arlberg pedestrian zone or call +43 (0) 5446 3937.
Sommer Aktiv Cardholder: Adults Euro 26 / Child under 14 YOA Euro 16
Without Sommer Aktiv Card: Adults Euro 36 / Child under 14 YOA Euro 28
H2O-Adventures professional guides will assist you throughout the tour:
A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg
Tel. & Fax: +43 5446 3937
Mobile: +43 699 11365-089