Sport climbing in Pitztal is increasingly popular. Due to the introduction of quality standards by “Climbers Paradise”, a regional climbing association with more than 15 member regions, all climbing parks are in excellent condition. Pitztal is an ideal holiday destination for experienced climbers and sport climbing newcomers alike. The climbing parks “Richis´Wall” (Stillebach), “Gletscherstube” (Mittelberg) and “Kletterpark Hochzeiger” (Jerzens) are great for families. Climbing pros will find their match in the routes of “Klettergarten Hexenkessel” that can be accessed after a 30 minutes climb in the direction of the catered mountain hut “Rüsselsheimer Hütte”. There are also quite a few difficult routes in the "Unterwelt" climbing park. The access (approx. 5 minutes from the first parking possibility) and the shady location (also suitable on hot summer days) are an absolute plus point of this climbing park.
Sport climbing in Pitztal
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A small and nice climbing area with short distances between the hooks. The fourteen routes differing from 4b up to 6c are ideal for half-day trips. After the climb, there is the possibility to enjoy the rest of the day at the small swimming pond in Stillebach. The climbing garden was built by mountain guide Alfred Dworak
The family-friendly climbing garden in the Pitz valley at Mittelberg in suitable for all climbers who want to enjoy the stunning view towards Tyrol's highest glacier. The nearby Gletscherstube offers local delicacies.
The climbing park of Jerzens-Hochzeiger offers numerous routes with varying degrees of difficulty. The Pitzi climbing rock, as it is often called, also provides two easy via ferratas with a way down through the forest. Moreover, children can test their balance ability on a rope bridge. In order to make sure all family members can get started with climbing and have their first tries, a few man-made holds are attached to a rock. The climbing park of Jerzens-Hochzeiger is the ideal newcomer area for children and serves as "preliminary step" for greater challenges. The climbing garden is equipped with a general map of all routes, sheltered seating facilities and tables.
The climbing garden can be reached from the Kaunergrat hut in approx. 3 minutes. The well secured high alpine climbing garden comprises 21 routes with difficulty levels between 2 and 6c. Seven routes can even be secured as top ropes. The impressive climbing wall is up to 70 metres high. Therefore it is recommended to have at least a 55 m rope with you. Since the climbing garden is located in high alpine terrain, we recommend
wearing a helmet. Equipment can be rented at the Kaunergrat hut (please register). The wall is also crossed by a
short practice climbing path with 80 m height, difficulty level A,B,C.
For skilled climbers, our mountain guides recommend the climbing area in Plangeross in the valley of Piz. The so-called Witch's cauldron (in German "Hexenkessel") enchants climbers with ca. 90 climbing tours. Bertram Tschiderer and Patric Rupprich renovated the climbing area in 2012.
The wall's orientation is toward the northeast. All routes in the sector Hellraiser, in the sector Mafia and some in the sector Sphinx, are resistant to rain. All other routes get wet fairly quick. After long continued rainfall it takes at least two days for the wall to dry up. Best time is the beginning of May until the end of Septembre. Also on hot days, the conditions are good.
The climbing grade is, at least up to difficulty level 7a, very hard!
The protection is good. However, only the new routes are equipped with standard conformant material. The stands are all equipped with carabiners. The route names are written at the entry points.
Commentary of the major developer Patric Rupprich:
"Exactly what I have been looking for for a long time, shady and cool, short ascent and very effective climbing. No long "walk in the park", but from the very start, you need to hold on. Today there exist 54 routes (including variants) and further routes will surely be added in the future".