Via Ferrata: “Rax via Hans von Haid Steig (D)”

Difficult but promising via ferrata up to the Preiner Wand at the Rax (1783m) via the Hans von Haidsteig (D) whereas the demanding crux is a chimney which is very often wet and therefore very slippery. After visiting the summit, the tour descends via the Neue Seehütte and then via the Göbl-Kühnsteig towards the Waxriegelhaus and back to the parking.

Climb Rax (Preiner Wand) via the famous Hans von Haidsteig

The tour starts at the parking in Griesleiten (GPS: 47.683668, 15.741163) and first follows a forest road upwards till the Holzknechtsteig. Following this trail through the forest which crosses several streets finally leads towards a source. Turn left and continue following the Holzknechtsteig till reaching a scree field. After some easy climbing, the new Haidsteig ferrata starts on the right hand-side. After the first climb, the first climbing tree is reached. The ferrata now gets steep and exposed (traverse) till reaching the first plateau where the old Haidsteig is crossing (can be used as emergency exit). After another traverse, the second climibing tree is reached that leads up to another exposed traverse and then finally into the famous chimney which is also the crux of this ferrata. The chimney is very often wet and very slippery, so stands are getting rare or are very slippery. After passing the crux, the Schwarze Madonna (shrine) is reached.
The remaining ferrata is easier (B) and finally leads up to the top of the Preiner Wand.
The descent is then done by passing the Neue Seehütte and then continuing via the Göbl-Kühnsteig which leads towards the Waxriegelhaus. From there it is an easy hiking tour through the forest which leads back to the parking at Griesleiten.

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Griesleiten (GPS: 47.683668, 15.741163) and follow the forest road upwards (white-yellow-white marking).
00:20 At the crossing, turn right into the forest trail towards Haidsteig.
00:25 Cross the forest road and stay on the small trail upwards.
00:35 At the big crossing, keep left and turn into the Holzknechtsteig.
00:45 At the source, turn left and follow the Holzknechtsteig.
01:00 Break at the start of Haidsteig. Put on your via ferrata set and recharge energy.*
01:10 Climb up the first part of Haidsteig.
01:15 Climb up the first climbing tree, followed by an exposed traverse.
01:40 At the crossing between the new and old Haidsteig, turn left and pass by the traverse towards the second climbing tree.
01:45 Short break at the chimney and then climb up the crux.
02:15 Well deserved break (self-brought ) at the Schwarze Madonna.
02:30 Climb up (I) following the blue markings to the upper part of Haidsteig.
02:40 Follow the upper part of the via ferrata (B).
02:55 End of the Haidsteig. Turn right and follow the hiking trail up to the summit cross (Preiner Wand).
03:00 Celebrate victory with a self-brought “Gipfelbier” () and enjoy the view from Preiner Wand.
03:15 Follow the trail back towards the Neue Seehütte.
03:25 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail towards the Neue Seehütte hut.
03:30 Well deserved break at the Neue Seehütte hut ().
04:10 Continue downwards (keep right, slightly up) at the Neue Seehütte and descent via the Göbl-Kühn-Steig.
04:20 Enjoy the view from the trail back towards the Preiner Wand and the Haidsteig.
05:00 Turn right and follow the path towards the Waxriegelhaus.
05:05 Well deserved break at the Waxriegelhaus ( ).
06:00 Go back the trail towards the crossing and this time follow the trail towards Griesleiten.
06:25 Follow the forest road back to the parking.
06:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
*: the Haidsteig is very often pretty crowded. Often you have to wait about 20 min to get started or in the chimney before being able to continue.

 
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General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1001m (2h 30min)
Descent: 984m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1751m
Lowest Pt: 864m
Duration: 5h 00min (without breaks)
6h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Neue Seehütte (1643m)
Waxriegelhaus (1361m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Hans von Haidsteig (D)


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Tour Diary

2020-09-23 09:00

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds)
Participants: Stefan, Bernhard, Hans
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Perfect conditions: We were basically alone on the ferrata (no waiting time) and the chimney was absolutely dry.
 

2020-06-23 10:00

Weather: Sunny, hot, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Hannes
Activity: Suunto
Comment: The ferrata was very crowded, we had to wait 20 min at the start and several times 10-15 min in the ferrata.
The chimney was very wet and super slippery.
 

Hiking Tour: “Pribitz, Sonnschienalm & Ebenstein via Grüner See”

A very long but promising tour up to the Ebenstein (2123m), starting from the amazing Grüner See and then up to the Pribitz (1579m) allowing an amazing view from top onto the green lake. The descent is done via the impressive Klammboden (gorge).

Tour up to the “Ebenstein”, starting from the “Grüner See” via the “Pribitz” and the “Sonnschienalm”

This very long but extremely promising tour starts at the beautiful Grüner See (a karst lake surrounded by an impressive mountain scenery that is sloly filled with melt-water) and first goes around the lake and then leads up to the Pribitz cliff, allowing an amazing view from top onto the green lake. The tour then continues towards the beautiful Sonnschienalm mountain pasture and then follows the trail up to the Ebenstein peak. The descent is done via the Klammboden gorge, between the Pribitz and the Messnerin back to the parking.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Grüner See (GPS: 47.536675, 15.066607). Please note a ticket is required (EUR 4,00). Follow the road north towards the Grüner See.
00:01 Turn left into the hiking trail towards the Kreuzteich.
00:06 Enjoy the view from Kreuzteich towards the Pribitz cliff. Continue on the trail and turn right.
00:15 Bypass the Gasthof Grüner See restaurant and keep right to access the Grüner See lake.
00:16 Follow the trail around the Grüner See lake and enjoy this beautiful nature jewel.
00:35 Climb up the big rock at the shore of the lake to get an unique impressive view of the lake and its surrounding mountain scenery.
00:40 Follow the trail back to the northern end of the lake till reaching the upper forest road.
00:42 Turn left into the small trail (hard to see!) upward into the forest.
00:50 Keep left and follow the big forest road upwards.
01:15 Turn left and leave the forest road, follow the small trail upwards through the forest.
01:17 Again, keep left and follow the small trail upwards.
01:20 Pass the gate (only if open!) and stay on the trail upwards.
01:40 Enjoy the awesome view into the valley and towards the Messnerin, now the trail becomes steep and alpine.
02:00 Hike up the broken wooden ladder and cross the wooden bridge.
02:15 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail up to Pribitz.
02:30 Turn around and enjoy the amazing panoramic view towards Sonnschienalm seen from the trail.
02:40 Enjoy the amazing view from the cliff down to the Grüner See at the Pribitz peak (1579m). The view is best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
02:55 Follow the trail back for a couple of meters.
02:56 Turn left and follow the trail towards Sonnschienalm.
04:05 Approaching at the Sonnschienalm. Follow the trail towards the now visible Sonnschienhütte.
04:15 Break and refreshment at the Sonnschienhütte (, ).
05:05 Follow the trail west-wards (left) from the Sonnschienhütte but turn right into the trail up to Ebenstein right after the hut.
05:30 At the crossing (next to the source), turn right and follow the trail upwards to Ebenstein.
05:45 At the crossing, keep right and follow the trail upwards to Kleiner Ebenstein.
06:00 Pass by the Kleiner Ebenstein (1943m) and continue towards the Ebenstein.
06:30 Enjoy the view from the Ebenstein (2123m). Best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
06:45 Use the same way back to the Sonnchienhütte.
08:00 Short break at the Sonnschienhütte, refreshing for the descent (well deserved ).
08:15 Follow the trail back through the Sonnschienalm.
08:20 Stay straight and follow the hiking trail towards the Klammboden.
08:30 Keep left and follow the trail downwards.
08:50 At the crossing, turn right and follow the trail downwards towards the Klammboden.
09:15 Stay straight on the trail and cross the two Klammboden.
09:30 Follow the forest road back.
10:00 Follow the small trail downwards (shortcut) straight ahead.
10:25 At the crossing, stay right and continue on the trail downwards.
11:15 Keep right and follow the trail towards the parking.
11:17 Follow the trail towards the Grüner See (turn right).
11:20 At the second crossing, turn right and follow the trail back to the parking.
11:30 Back at the parking. End of the tour.
General Tour Data

Area: Hochschwabgruppe, Styria, Austria
Distance: 29km
Ascent: 1615m (4h 15min)
Descent: 1616m (4h 00min)
Highest Pt: 2123m
Lowest Pt: 752m
Duration: 10h 05min (without breaks)
11h 30min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Gasthof Grüner See (776m)
Sonnschienhütte (1523m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Solid hiking shoes with good grip
Snacks and plenty of water
2x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Camera


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2020-09-19 10:00

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Due to a late start, we had to turn around / abort at Kleiner Ebenstein.
 
 

Hiking Tour: “Hochschwab via the G’Hackte”

A long but exciting tour up to the Hochschwab (2277m) via the G’hackte (easy via ferrata, Cat. A/B) and back to the Häuslalm and Sonnschienalm. This very long route passes all checkpoints to qualify for the HOCHsteiermark badge (Bronze) and allows exiting (panoramic and distance) views of the Hochschwab group.

Tour up to the “Hochschwab” via the G’Hackte (A/B), and back to the “Häuslalm” and “Sonnschienalm”

BergZeitReise Bronze This very long but extremely promising tour starts at the parking next to the Bodenbauer guesthouse (GPS: 47.579401, 15.114501) and first leads through a forest valley surrounded by impressive rocks and summits to the beautiful Trawiesalm mountain pasture. Again, surrounded by an impressive alpine landscape, the tour continues and uses for the steep ascent the G’hackte, a simple but still demanding via ferrata (A/B). At the end of the ferrata, the tour passes the Fleischer-Biwak and leads towards the summit of Hochschwab (2277m). After mastering the peak, the tour then continues and descents towards the Schiestlhaus for a well-deserved lunch break.
Recharged, the tour then leads back to the Fleischer-Biwak bypassing the Hochschwab and then continues on the Hochschwab plateau towards the Häuslalm. There, the tour then turns right and follows the road towards the Sackwiesenalm (short refreshment). The tour then detours around the beautiful Sackwiesensee lake and then continues west till reaching the Sonnschienalm. After a refreshing break at the Sonnschienhütte, the tour then follows the way back towards the Häuslalm (this time bypassing the lake) and then follows the trail downwards to descent back to the parking at the Bodenbauer.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Bodenbauer (GPS: 47.579401, 15.114501). Pass by the Bodenbauer guesthouse and follow the forest road north-west.
00:05 At the crossing, turn right and follow the road towards Hochschwabgipfel.
00:30 Follow the trail next to the impressive cliffs.
00:45 Cross the Trawiesalm mountain pasture by staying on the trail.
01:30 After the Trawiesalm ascend following the steep trail (left handside up).
02:10 At the crossing Vogauer Kreuz, turn left and follow the trail towards the G’hacktes / Hochschwabgipfel.
02:15 Follow the G’hackte via ferrata (A/B) upwards.
02:45 Stay on the trail towards the Fleischer-Biwak.
03:00 Turn right at the Fleischer-Biwak and follow the trail further towards Hochschwabgipfel.
03:05 Keep right and follow the trail upwards to the Hochschwabgipfel (summit).
03:15 Enjoy the panoramic and distance view from the Hochschwab summit (2277m). Best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
03:55 Continue the tour on the trail (north-east) towards the Kleiner Hochschwab and the Schiestlhaus hut.
04:00 Well deserved break ( ) at the Schiestlhaus.
04:20 First, take the trail back towards Hochschwab but turn right after a few meters (towards Häuslalm, see signposts!).
04:25 Again, first turn right but then stay left at the next crossings (follow the trail towards Häuslalm, bypassing the Hochschwab).
04:50 At the Fleischer-Biwak, keep straight (slightly right) and follow the trail on the plateau towards the Häuslalm.
06:00 At the crossing, stay straight (or optionally do a detour by turning left towards the Zinken (1926m), +30 min).
06:12 Follow the trail downwards (descending) towards the Häuslalm.
06:50* Bypass the Häuslalm and turn right afterwards into the forest road towards the Sackwiesenalm. Follow the forest road (but consider using the shortcuts).
06:55* Short break for a refreshment () at the Sackwiesenalm.
07:15* Continue on the road heading north-west.
07:20* At the crossing (signpost), turn right into the small trail downwards towards the Sackwiesensee (lake).
07:25* Walk around the Sackwiesensee lake by following the trail on its shore.
07:30* Short break to enjoy the Sackwiesensee and let the legs rest a bit (best done by with a self-brought ).
07:35* Continue on the trail around the lake back to the forest.
07:45* At the crossing, turn right and follow the trail back to the mountain road.
07:48* At the crossing, turn left into the hiking trail (shortcut the mountain road).
08:10* Cross the mountain road and stay on the trail leading to the Sonnschienalm and the Sonnschienhütte (hut).
08:12* Break for a well-deserved refreshment () at the Sonnschienhütte.
08:35* Take the same way back to the Sackwiesenalm and Häuslalm.
09:00* At the way back, stay right on the mountain road to bypass the Sackwiesensee (lake).
09:15* Bypass the Sackwiesenalm and continue on the road towards the Häuslalm.
09:25* Last break for a refreshment ( ) at the Häuslalm hut.
10:10 Continue the tour by descending towards Bodenbauer.
10:12 At the crossing (signpost), turn left and follow the trail downwards (bypassing the generator building).
10:25 At the crossing, stay right and continue on the trail downwards.
10:45 Cross the forest street (several times) and stay on the hiking trail (straight ahead).
11:05 Keep left and continue on the trail downwards.
11:10 Follow the forest road back to the Bodenbauer guesthouse and the parking.
11:20 Back at the parking. End of the tour. Recap the tour during a refreshment () at the Bodenbauer restaurant.

* Skip these stages to shorten the tour by 02:40.

This tour passes exactly enough checkpoints to get 20 points that qualify for the HOCHsteiermark bronze badge. To collect the points, use the SummitLynx app and check in at the various checkpoints.
The tour can be shortened significantly by descending at the Häuslalm after reaching it and skipping the Sackwiesenalm and Sonnschienalm. However, this would mean being 7 points short for the HOCHsteiermark badge.
A “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is not required for this tour, but a sure foot and good stamina is necessary!

 

General Tour Data

Area: Hochschwabgruppe, Styria, Austria
Distance: 27km
Ascent: 1787m (4h 45min)
Descent: 1787m (3h 50min)
Highest Pt: 2277m
Lowest Pt: 881m
Duration: 9h 30min (without breaks)
11h 20min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Alpengasthof Bodenbauer (884m)
Schiestlhaus (2156m)
Häuslalm (1526m)
Sackwiesenalm (1458m)
Sonnschienhütte (1523m)
Equipment: Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Solid hiking shoes with good grip
Snacks and plenty of water
2x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Das G’hackte (A/B)


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2020-09-05 07:30

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Suunto
 
 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Wildfährte (B) & and Peter Jokel Steig (A)”

Climb up the Rax from Hinternaßwald via the Wildfährte (via ferrata, Cat. B) towards the Habsburghaus. This beautiful via ferrata (category B) is suitable for beginners with some experience but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view. The tour then continues towards the Peter Jokel Steig (A) which is used for descending.

Climb up the Rax via the “Wildfährte” (B) towards the Habsburghaus and descent via the “Peter Jokel Steig” (A)

This promising tour starts at Hinternaßwald (GPS: 47.738543, 15.666547) and leads up to the Habsburghaus at the Rax. The tour ascends using the Wildfährte via ferrata (Cat. B, I) that offer awesome views and panoramic views. The via ferrata is fairly easy (cat. B, I) but is sometimes exposed and therefore require a sure food and no fear from heights. After having a well-deserved break at the Habsburghaus, the tour follows the Kaisersteig (normal way down) but then turns into the Peter Jokel Steig (cat. A) to descent back to the parking.

The Peter Jokel Steig (A) is pretty tricky when wet or on bad weather conditions. The descent can also be done by simply following the much easier (and also nicer) Kaisersteig which also leads back directly to the parking.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Hinternaßwald. The trail starts opposite of the small river (first following a tarmac road).
00:10 The tarmac road leads into a forest road. Follow the road.
00:25 At the crossing, first follow the road straight-ahead and then keep left (always next to the small river).
00:30 At the signpost (before the valley station of the cable car for goods), keep left and cross the river.
00:35 Follow the forest road (always straight-ahead).
00:55 At the end of the forest road, the Wildfährte trail starts on the right hand side via a stream-bed. Follow the trail marked white-red-white.
01:05 At the crossing, stay right on the Wildfährte (follow the white-red-white markings).
01:25 After crossing a scree slope and climbing up an easy rock, the via ferrata starts. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”).
01:30 Master the traverse and follow the trail.
02:05 At the crossing, stay on the Wildfährte (straight).
02:15 Some climbing parts (I / I+) at the Wildfährte, also allowing impressive views backwards.
02:40 After the last traverse, exit the Wildfährte, enjoy a self-brought refreshment () and then follow the trail on the backside of the cliff.
03:10 Turn left into the Ochenhaltweg and follow the trail towards Habsburghaus.
03:15 Follow the trail marked white-green-white till the crossing with Ochsenhaltweg.
03:16 After passing the mountain huts, stay left and descent following the Ochsenhaltweg.
03:20 At the crossing between Bärenlochsteig, continue following the Ochsenhaltweg (straight).
03:55 Well deserved lunch break at Habsburghaus ( ).
04:30 Follow the trail downwards marked as Kaisersteig.
05:00 At the crossing, keep right and follow the trail towards Peter Jokel Steig.
05:10 Keep left and follow the forest road towards Peter Jokel Steig. Markings in this area are rare!
05:30 Turn left downwards into the Peter Jokel Steig (A) via ferrata and follow the ferrata downwards (marked red-white-red).
06:30 Cross the forest street and stay on the small trail downwards.
06:45 Turn right and follow the street back to the parking.
07:00 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

  
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Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 1177m (3h 25min)
Descent: 1177m (2h 20min)
Highest Pt: 1786m
Lowest Pt: 708m
Duration: 6h 15min (without breaks)
7h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Habsburghaus (1785m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Wildfährte (B)


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2020-08-22 09:30

Weather: Sunny, rain showers
Participants: Stefan, Bernhard, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
 
 

Via Ferrata: “Hochlantsch via Franz-Scheikl Steig (C/D)”

Difficult but promising via ferrata up to the Hochlantsch (1717m) via the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig (C/D) whereas the demanding crux is at the end (after a long ascent). After visiting the summit, the tour descends towards the Steirischer Jokl and then continues to the Rannerwand. The descent is then done via Schüsserlbrunn.

Climb Hochlantsch via the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata

The tour starts at the parking at Wöllingergraben Weg 20, 8614 St. Jakob bei Mixnitz (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and first leads through a forest towards the start of the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata is more than 2 km long and the ascent is 316 m. The difficulty level is mostly cat. C with two C/D parts. The crux is a steep ridge (Cat. D) at the end of the long and overall demanding via ferrata – which becomes dangerous especially when wet or foggy (due to visibility issues). However, it can be bypassed on a Cat. B trail.

At the end of the via ferrata, the hiking trail leads up to the summit (Hochlantsch, 1717m) which allows an impressive panorama view around the Grazer Bergland. Descending back via the same trail, the tour passes the Steirischer Jokl, a very nice and homey hut offering good food and drinks. The way back is passing Schüsserlbrunn and follows the trail back to the parking.

Please note: The via ferrata was changed in 2017. The new line is more difficult than the old one, thus various misleading descriptions exist in the web. The difficulty level is now C/D!
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory (life saving) for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Wöllingergraben Weg (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
00:20 At the crossing, turn left towards the Franz-Scheikl-Steig.
00:25 The trail leads into a forest street. Turn left and follow the forest street for a few meters.
00:27 Turn right following the Naturfreunde Klettersteig signpost.
00:30 Cross the forest street again and follow the trail towards the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig.
01:00 After passing an old wooden hut, the entrance of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig is reached. Put on your via ferrata set and start the climbing following the route.
02:45 The crux of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig. Please note that it can be bypassed following the trail on the left hand side. Consider a break before the ascent to regain strength.
03:40 At the exit of the Via Ferrata, turn left and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
03:55 Enjoy the awesome panorama view at the summit of Hochlantsch with a self brought drink ().
04:30 Follow the trail back (towards Steirischer Jokl).
05:20 Well deserved break () at Steirischer Jokl.
06:40* Follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this easy hiking trail.
07:00* Cross the street and continue on the trail.
07:10* Cross the street again and follow the trail.
07:15* At the crossing towards the Franz-Scheikl-Klettersteig, follow the trail (same trail as ascending).
07:35* Back at the car parking.

 

The tour can be extended (~ 10 hours in total) by descending towards Guter Hirte and then following the trail towards Rannerwand (see GPX track for details).
06:20 Descend via the forest road and trail towards Guter Hirte.
06:35 At the crossing, turn right into the trail and follow the small trail through the forest.
06:43 Bypass the Guter Hirte and follow the Prügelweg (forest road)
06:47 At the crossing, turn right into the forest street.
07:06 Follow the road (left hand side) and turn left into the trail towards Rannerwand viewpoint.
07:30 Descend the wooden ladder to the Rannerwand viewpoint. Enjoy the view with a self-brought refreshment ().
07:45 Walk back on the same trail towards Guter Hirte and Steirischer Jokl.
08:40 Break at the Steirischer Jokl, enjoy the sunset ().
10:30 Using a head lamp, follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this hiking trail.
11:40 Back at the car parking.

General Tour Data

Area: Grazer Bergland, Styria, Austria
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 798m (2h 50min)
Descent: 786m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1707m
Lowest Pt: 964m
Duration: 6h 15min (without breaks)
7h 35min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Steirischer Jokl (1398m)
Guter Hirte (1209m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Franz-Scheikl-Naturfreunde (C/D)


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2020-09-09 09:30

Weather: sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Thomas, Marion
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We did the short variant (Franz-Scheikl-Steig, Hochlantsch Summit).
 
 

2020-08-08 09:00

Weather: sunny, hot, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We did the long variant including Rannerwand.
 
 

2020-07-04 10:00

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds)
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Nadja
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We used the short variant and head back towards the parking after Steirischer Jokl.
 
 

2018-08-11 10:45

Weather: Cloudy, Foggy, wet
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Due to wet and foggy conditions, I had a downfall on the via ferrata and used the backup-path (B).
We tried to do the full tour but due to a downfall we aborted and turned around before reaching Rannerwand.
 
 

Via Ferrata: “Gebirgsvereinssteig (D) and Steierspur (C)”

Difficult, exciting but crowded via ferrata leading up to the Hohe Wand via the Gebirgsvereinssteig (D) whereas the demanding crux is a slippery and extremely exposed traverse requiring a lot of boldness and power. The tour then continues towards another beautiful and enjoyable via ferrata (Steierspur, C) and finally descends via the easy Wagnersteig ferrata (A).

Climb up the Hohe Wand via the demanding Gebirgsvereinssteig (D), combine it with the existing Steirerspur (C) and descent via the Wagnersteig (A)

The tour starts at the parking Seiser Toni (GPS: 47.806149, 16.008561) and first follows the forest road east towards Gebirgsvereinssteig (GV-Steig). Following the blue-marked Wandfußsteig north-east. The entrance is after the Wenigerturm cliff, a distinctive cliff with yellow rocks that will be climbed during the tour. Put on the via ferrata set at the entrance and follow the well protected but steep and extremely exposed via ferrata up. The ferrata is separated into 14 segments (also visible marked on the ferrata in case of needing to call rescue services) and has three emergency exits (after 7, 9, 11).
The first part (17) is climbing up the very steep (vertical) Weningerwand and contains already a D part (4) which is however not the crux. The most difficult part is between 5 and 6, a slippery, sloped and extremely exposed traverse with no grip and no steps*.

* At this point, the D part has been passed and a turning around is extremely difficult. This part really requires strength and boldness and often causes climbers to block and causing a queue (exposed to sun and heat). Not seldom, they need to be rescued by a helicopter (comes with extreme costs)!

The middle part (811) starts with a rope-way bridge (can be bypassed), followed by a exposed hang glider that leads to another nearly vertical cliff to be climbed. After mastering the middle part, the Kyselak rest area invites for a small break.

The third part (1214) is a mixture of climbing on an exposed traverse (C, C/D) towards the overhanging headwall (D) which then leads towards the exit of the ferrata.

After mastering the GV-Steig, follow the trail on the right hand-side that leads to the Hubertushaus hut, a good place for a short break. Continuing east-wards on top of the ridge, after a couple of meters the entrance to the Steirerspur via ferrata (C) is reached (the entrance is FURTHER behind the exit!). First climb downwards (A, A/B) till reaching a traverse (B/C). Be careful, the crossing towards the exit is behind a cliff and mostly not seen (the via ferrata also continues straight but as an emergency exit), turn right there and follow the channel upwards (C) till reaching the exit, close to the Hubertushaus.

Now walk back the same trail towards the exit of GV-Steig but stay on the trail till reaching the Eicherthütte. On the right hand side there is the summit Große Kanzel (1052m) and also a bit more to the left the start of the Wagnersteig. After a refreshing break at the Eicherthütte, follow the Wagnersteig (A) downwards till coming back to the forest road that was used to access the GV-Steig and which leads back to the parking.

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!
This tour is absolutely not suitable for beginners!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking at Seiser Toni (GPS: 47.806149, 16.008561) and follow the (forest) street heading towards east (street name Theresia Stollen).
00:08 At the crossing, turn left and follow the small trail upwards towards Gebirgsvereinssteig.
00:13 Cross the forest road and stay on the small trail upwards.
00:15 Keep right and follow the blue marked tail (Wandfußsteig).
00:25 Keep left and head towards the entrance of Gebirgsvereinssteig
00:27 At the entrance, put on your via ferrata set.
00:30 Climb up the first part 1(B), turn right upwards to the first steep section (C) and then follow the easier trail 2 (A) towards the yellow rocks.
00:43 Short break using the shadow of the pine tree before entering the steep wall of Wenigerwand (C/D 3, D 4, B/C 5).
01:10 Master the crux (very exposed, slippery and sloped traverse with no real steps) before the Schneebergblick, between 5 and 6.
01:12 Follow the ridge around the corner upwards 6 (C) till reaching a nice rest area.
01:25 After a short break, follow the trail along the ridge (A/B) with a short descending 7 towards the rope-way bridge.
01:30 Cross the rope-way bridge 8(B) or bypass it using the trail on the right hand-side (which is also a potential emergency exit!).
01:35 Enter the second part of the ferrata towards the hang glider 9 (B) and the steep climbing of the following wall 10 (C/D).
01:45 Climb along the ridge 11 (B) till reaching the Kyselak rest area (also having the trail book).
02:00 Continue on the trail for the third and final part, a slab 12 (C/D), an exposed traverse with very few steps 13 (C), and the crux, an overhanging and steep climb 14 (D) towards the exit of the Headwall.
02:10 At the exit, turn right into the trail towards the Hubertushaus hut.
02:20 Pass by the Hubertushaus for the moment and follow the small trail along the ridge (above) through the woods.
02:25 Turn right and follow the Steirerspur via ferrata downwards (A, A/B).
02:30 Follow the traverse at the Steirerspur (B – C).
02:45 At the crossing, turn right (upwards, hard to see and easy to miss!) and follow the ferrata upwards (C).
02:50 At the exit of the ferrata, turn left towards the Hubertushaus.
02:52 Celebrate victory over GV-Steig and Steierspur at the Hubertushaus ().
03:30 Go back the trail towards GV-Steig, pass by the GV-Steig and stay on the trail.
04:00 Pass by the Eicherthütte and turn left towards the summit cross of the Große Kanzel (1052m). Enjoy the view from there and then go back to the Eicherthütte.
04:15 Well deserved lunch break at the Eicherthütte ( ).
05:00 Go south-wards (right of the summit cross) towards the Wagnersteig (A) for descending.
05:01 Keep left at the Wagnersteig (avoid the Eichertsteig which is a climbing route!) and follow the yellow marked route downwards.
05:30 At the crossing, first turn right to follow the Wandfußsteig, but then keep left and follow the trail downwards back to the forest road.
05:35 Cross the first forest road and follow the small trail further downwards.
05:40 Turn right into the forest road and follow this one back to the parking.
05:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 411m (1h 45min)
Descent: 411m (1h 22min)
Highest Pt: 1052m
Lowest Pt: 707m
Duration: 4h 35min (without breaks)
5h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Hubertushaus (946m)
Eicherthütte (1052m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking / Climbing shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Gebirgsvereinssteig (D)
Steirerspur (C)
Wagnersteig (A)


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2020-08-01 07:40

Weather: Sunny, hot (perfect)
Participants: Stefan, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Due to being exhausted (direct sun exposure, heat), we decided to skip the third part and take the emergency exit. We were proven right since we could observe from the Große Kanzel the helicopter rescuing people out of the ferrata getting stuck there.
 


Via Ferrata: “Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (C)”

Short but impressive via ferrata through the gorge of Rio Sallagoni. This via ferrata is composed of two parts, the lower (C) very well protected with cables and the upper (B) with less protection (only iron rungs, no cables), allowing impressive views on waterfalls and the unique (soundscape) atmosphere of climbing through a gorge.

Climb through the impressive gorge of Rio Sallagoni (C)

The tour starts at the parking on the SP84 (GPS: 45.971559, 10.933824) and first heads downwards towards the start point of the ferrata. The ferrata itself leads through the impressive gorge along the river and is composed of two parts. The first part is very well protected but some traverses are overhanging (thus require a lot of energy). The highlight of the first part of the ferrata are two cable bridges (very loose) that crosses the Rio Sallagoni river. The second part is easier (B) but only protected by iron rungs (no cable!) and also leads through the upper part of the gorge on very slippery rocks next or sometimes in the river. The ferrata exits at the Castello di Drena which allows an impressive view on the surrounding landscape. The descent is done on a fairly easy hiking route through the forest back to the parking.

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!

 
Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot (GPS: 45.971559, 10.933824) and follow the street back downwards to the hairpin.
00:05 Turn right into the gravel road at the hairpin and follow the gravel road downwards.
00:06 At the crossing and information sign, keep straight and follow the small trail which leads to the start of the ferrata after a few meters.
00:07 Put on the via ferrata set and start the climb towards the gorge.
00:20 There is an emergency exit of the ferrata on the left handside before the demanding, overhanging part (C) begins.
00:30 Cross the first cable bridge (B). This requires absolute foot sureness, balance and not being afraid of heights!
00:42 At the beautiful crossing, keep left if you want to do the second cable bridge (B) or stay right and use the stairs to bypass. This crossing is easy to miss!
00:50 At the crossing, keep straight (blue markings) for the second part (only protected by iron rungs, no cable!) or turn left to leave the ferrata.
01:10 Exit the via ferrata and follow the trail towards the castle.
01:15 Turn left and follow the road towards the castle.
01:17 Before the road, follow the small trail next to the road downwards towards the viewpoint.
01:20 Enjoy the view from the viewpoint and then go back towards the trail.
01:25 Follow the small trail downwards to shortcut the main street. When reaching the main street, cross the street and follow the trail further downwards.
01:30 Cross the street again and turn around. Go back a few meters and then turn right and follow again the small trail to shortcut the main street.
01:37 Turn right and follow the small trail downwards towards the gravel road for a few meters.
01:41 Turn left and head towards the main street. At the street, turn left again and follow the street till reaching the parking.
01:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

 
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–  Via Ferrata Category  C 
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General Tour Data

Area: Garda Trentino, Italy
Distance: 2.7km
Ascent: 194m (1h 02min)
Descent: 194m (0h 30min)
Highest Pt: 375m
Lowest Pt: 181m
Duration: 1h 15min (without breaks)
Stop/Rest: None
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
Camera
Topo/Map: Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (C)