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Mountain Climbing in the Schnalstal Valley Via ferratas, climbing gardens and more

Alpine climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, or indoor climbing — the Schnalstal Valley has the best conditions for climbers of all stripes to work on their sport. There’s climbing fun galore with numerous Alpine climbing tours to the highest peaks, via ferratas with varying degrees of difficulty, and three different climbing parks to choose from. Not to mention the Ötzi Rope Park.

„Hoachwool“ via ferrata on the Naturno Sonnenberg mountain

An impressive, varied and challenging half-day tour through the majestic Schnalsbach stream. This tour has both steep, difficult segments for short hiking poles, and open crossings. Alongside suitable equipment, climbing skills and experience, this climb requires absolute sure-footedness and a head for heights. Where necessary, the route is secured with iron ropes, climbing aids and ladders.

Knott Unterstell via ferrata

Impressive via ferrata (fixed-rope route) direct on the cliff on which the overlook platform is anchored. From the platform, one has a grand view down on individual routes and climbers seeking the way up on the rock. Ideal for practice and family outings, this via ferrata offers easy routes, difficult passages, exposed stretches and technically demanding segments. Here there are four via ferrata routes in all; one short connection route, one 20-metre suspension bridge and two steep ladders.

Mastaun Climbing Garden

This challenging climbing garden is located in the high valley of the same name near Madonna di Senales/Unser Frau, about 20 minutes’ walk beyond the Mastaun Alm mountain pastures. Due to the cliff’s exposed location, the number of pitches and the technically challenging route, this climbing park is only for experienced climbers. Amidst a pristine natural landscape, the 70-metre-high cliff face has technically challenging routes over several pitches.

PThere is parking at Mastaunhof farm, whereby the last part of the road runs over an unpaved farm road.

From Mastaunhof continue over path No. 17a, past the Mastaun Alm to the waterfall, from there take path No. 19a towards Mastaun Joch ridge. The climbing park is on the (orographic) left side. Walking time approx. 40 minutes from Mastaunhof.

Marchegg Climbing Garden

Erected by the local chapter of the Alpine Club, this family-friendly climbing park offers a broad spectrum of difficulty levels. It is near the Marchegghof farm in Maso Corto/Kurzras, about 2 km from the Glacier Cable Car. Introductory courses are held on Fridays (summer only) for interested children and adults. A 25-metre via ferrata is being planned.

Juval Climbing Garden

This climbing garden directly below Juval Castle offers much variety. It can be used almost all year round, and is especially suitable for families. The steep, smooth rock at the entrance to the Schnalstal Valley, and the many different routes provide climbers with ideal conditions for working on their techniques.