Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

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The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging  through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.

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Ferrata Schwärzenkamm

Via Ferrata • Oetztal
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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.

Difficulty
medium
Technique
B/C
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2762 m
1902 m
Wall height
350 m
Climbing length
700 m, 3:00 h
Descent
1:00 h

Safety information

Climbing Rules:

1. GET FAMILIAR WITH THE EQUIPMENT

Use only standardized mountain sports equipment (CE-sign) & study instructions for use.

 

2. PARTNER CHECK BEFORE STARTING

Double-check your knots, harness buckle, belay system and the end of the rope.

 

3. LET THE PARTNER KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON

Communication prevents misunderstandings, let your belayer know when he has to take your weight on the rope.

 

4. ACT RESPECTFULLY

Respect other climbers & inform them of mistakes and dangers. Stick to climbing bans.

 

5. PROTECT YOUR HEAD

A helmet prevents head injuries in case of falling rocks & if you fall.

 

6. NO ROPE ON ROPE CONTACT

Always use metal karabiners for rappelling. Never use two ropes in one karabiner / toprope link plate.

 

7. WARM UP BEFORE STARTING TO CLIMB

Warm-up climbing protects your joints, tendons and muscles.

 

8. FULL ATTENTION WHILE BELAYING

The life of your partner is in your hands.

 

9. NO NEW CLIMBING HOOKS

It is strictly forbidden to fix new climbing hooks.

Equipment

Equipment: helmet, harness and complete via ferrata climbing set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate climbing shoes, hiking poles for the descent (recommended).

Tips, hints and links

More details about climbing in Ötztal:

https://www.oetztal.com/klettern

Start

Obergurgl (1906 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.870165 N 11.026544 E
UTM
32T 654440 5192729

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.

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

In Obergurgl the following parking facilities are available:
  • Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
  • Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
B/C medium
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
0 m

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