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Ice climbing in Pitztal

Ice climbing in Pitztal

Conquer Tyrol’s top ice climbing routes

Ice climbers are can’t wait for the cold season to start, when Tyrol’s waterfalls freeze and snow and ice rule in Pitztal. The valley’s 45 waterfalls usually freeze from December onwards and offer ice climbers ideal conditions to practise their sport until the end of March.

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Ice climbing guide
Ice climbing guide
Ice climbing route at Pitztaler Gletscher
Ice climbing route at Pitztaler Gletscher
Ice climbing gear
Ice climbing gear
Ice climbing for newcomers & advanced climbers in Pitztal
Ice climbing for newcomers & advanced climbers in Pitztal

Newcomers...

For newcomers to this adventurous hobby the Eis Total Festival in January, which is led by professional mountain guides is ideal. The varied ice climbing in the Taschachklamm [Klamm = gorge] with different levels of difficulty is especially suited. Ice climbing beginners will also find the Kitzgartenklamm with its 15 different ice climbing routes perfect during the cold winter season.

Advanced climbers...

Advanced climbers will find an exceptional variety of ice climbing routes in Pitztal in Tyrol. Some of the most spectacular routes boast up to 190 metres icefall and can, in parts, be easily accessed with a short ascent from the valley. Athletes can find the highest ice climbing routes of Tyrol at Pitztal Glacier’s impressive ice world: six icefalls offer a breath-taking ice climbing experience in the eternal ice and snow. Ice climbing is possible all year around in some places here.

Current conditions at the icefalls...

Pitztal’s mountain guides will happily provide information about the weather and avalanche conditions at the icefalls. You can find more information here: Ice News (in German)

Professional courses...

They also offer professional courses regarding ice-climbing technique. Equipment such as ice axes and crampons can be hired from our outdoor specialists at the same time.

Ice climbing in the ice world at Pitztaler Gletscher
Ice climbing Pitztaler Gletscher

All ice climbing routes, access and signposting regarding the icefalls are included in the sports climbing guide Sportklettern – Klettersteige – Eisklettern published by AMBerg Verlag. You can order the sports climbing guide directely in our webshop. Furthermore you can find the Ice climbing topographies of Pitztal here (in German). Those who still haven’t had enough of ice climbing can burn off more energy at an indoor climbing centre, the Kletterstadl in Stillebach.

Weixmannstall / Spiel mit dem Feuer

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Extremely difficult, 20m freestanding ice pillar. Only climbable at the best and safest conditions. The ice pillar was first climbed by Bernhard Hangl and Markus Praxmarer on the 30th of January in 2010.

Risk of avalanches: yes

Mittelberg / Taschachschlucht

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In the Taschachschlucht, which is located near to the Pitztaler Gletscherbahn, you will find a beautiful, varied ice climbing garden with easy routes. There are also some mixed-routes which are secured with bolts. A total of approx. 50 - 60 lines.
 
Risk of avalanches: no

Piösmes / Fallebachfall

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Difficult, steep and wide icefall.

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Scheibrand / Lonesomeboy

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Beautiful, not too steep and challenging icefalls above the hamlet Scheibrand.

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Graslehn / Grasler

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Moderate difficult, short icefall in the forest opposite the village of Schön. The icefall can only be reached via abseiling.

Risk of avalanches: no

Scheibrand / Mixedroute Mauerköpflfall

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Very rewarding and challenging mixed route.

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Scheibrand / Stallkogelfall

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Enormous, wide ice shield above Scheibrand.

Risk of avalanches: yes

Schön / Silberkönig

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Three extremely difficult, demanding icefalls. Possibility of top-rope. Since a few years, there is almost no water running down the wall from the Gasthof Schön. Hence, very little to no ice. Partly mixed-climbing.

Risk of avalanches: no

Zaunhof / Rauchenbichl

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Two very difficult, demanding icefalls above the village of Wiese.
 
Risk of avalanches: yes
 

Eggenstall / Pfitschenfall

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Short, steep and very demanding icicle, which is rarely totally frozen.

Risk of avalanches: yes
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