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Via Ferrata recommended route

Via Ferrata Schwärzenkamm | Obergurgl

Via Ferrata · Ötztal closed
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    Klettersteig Schwärzenkamm
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A truly breathtaking panoramic via ferrata amid Obergurgl's glacier world. 
closed
difficult
Distance 8.6 km
4:00 h
350 m
228 m
2,762 m
1,902 m
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. 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.

 

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.

Difficulty
C difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,762 m
Lowest point
1,902 m
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Wall height
350 m
Climbing length
700 m, 3:00 h
Descent
1:00 h

Track types

Path 3.96%Unknown 96.03%
Path
0.3 km
Unknown
8.2 km
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Safety information

SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA

The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:

 

  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment

First aid
Whether sport climbing or via ferrata tour, a first aid kit and a cell phone with a full battery should always be with you.

Emergency call:

140 - Mountain rescue - alpine emergency

112 - European emergency call (works with any mobile phone and in any available network)

Tips and hints

More details about climbing in Ötztal:

https://www.oetztal.com/climbing

Start

Obergurgl (1,906 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.870165, 11.026544
DMS
46°52'12.6"N 11°01'35.6"E
UTM
32T 654440 5192729
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Destination

Obergurgl

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

 

By road

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl:
  • Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable 
  • Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, chargeable

Coordinates

DD
46.870165, 11.026544
DMS
46°52'12.6"N 11°01'35.6"E
UTM
32T 654440 5192729
w3w 
///blunter.niceness.nasality
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Depending on the climbing route, appropriate equipment such as breathable and weather-appropriate outdoor clothing, helmet, climbing harness with via ferrate set, via ferrate gloves and suitable footwear is required.

Similar routes nearby

  • Via Ferrata Zirbenwald | Obergurgl
  • Via Ferrata Moosalm | Sölden
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Status
closed
Difficulty
C difficult
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
228 m
Highest point
2,762 m
Lowest point
1,902 m
Scenic Classic via ferrata

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