Arlberger Klettersteig in St. Anton am Arlberg. Fotograf: Hannes Heigenhauser

© Arlberger Klettersteig in St. Anton am Arlberg. Fotograf: Hannes Heigenhauser

26. February 2018 | Outdoor

Arlberg’s Via Ferrata

Climbing during the winter months with skis fixed on their backpacks? People who do not get along with this idea should be brave the next few lines as, for me, climbing on a snowy fixed rope route was a breathtaking highlight!

Hannes Heigenhauser Online Marketing Manager

Off to St. Anton

Best weather is forecasted for Saturday. So after a short planning we decide to finally start a project that has been on our to-do list for a long time:

 

Arlberg’s via ferrata

In the morning we go to Zürs and further to St. Anton. Thanks to the new connection, we reach our starting point, the top station of the Riffelbahn II, in less than an hour.

Preparation for the via ferrata

Directly at the mountain station we can already see the entrance to the via ferrata.  Mountaineers have already made a track, which we like to use. So we put on our climbing harness and check our equipment again before we march towards the entrance.

The first meters

Right at the beginning it starts steeply and immediately we notice the serious character of this via ferrata. If you reach your physical limits right from the start, you should better turn around. After the first meters, we climb over many ridges and peaks in a westerly direction. The view wanders around towards the Verwallgruppe and back to the Lechtaler Alps. We like to watch this view to rest for a moment and enjoy this moment of silence.

On and on …

The guys in front of us have left a perfect trail. So we make rapid progress and can enjoy every meter along the via ferrata. Secured with the via ferrata set we climb towards the Rossfallscharte, partly uphill, but also downhill. If you do not feel experienced enough to climb the route on your own we recommend you to book one of our mountain guides.

The last meters

After about an hour we reach the highest point of the via ferrata, the Vordere Rendlspitze. Here we can see the exit for the first time. Here we have to concentrate once more because we have to go down a narrow ridge from the top again. The last meters to the Rossfallscharte… we look back to the via ferrata…all of the sudden I recognize my workmate Katja in the midst of the hikers who are having a break and watching us in astonishment. She grins and asks me whether she has made a good track for us. What a funny coincidence…

Departure & Return

So the four of us enjoy a snack and prepare ourselves for the descent down to the Malfontal valley to Pettneu. After a wonderful powder run, the bus takes us back to St. Anton. Now it’s back to Zürs, but how? Ski guide Caro decides to take the Valluga back to Zürs. Only ski guides are allowed to ski down, as it needs very good knowledge and empathy to evaluate the safety Situation. Back in Zürs we deserve a break on the sunny terrace. Climbing a via ferrata during the winter months is so fascination…

Acquiring a taste for it?

For all those who have now acquired a taste for it: The mountain and ski guides in Lech Zürs offer guided tours. For more Information please see here:

www.lechzuers.com

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