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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.

Wiese / Kitzgartenschlucht

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The Kitzgartenschlucht offers a great variety of ice climbing possibilities. It is the ideal ice climbing garden in case of bad weather or avalanche danger.  Good opportunities for ice climbing courses. There are ca. 20 ice and mixed-climbing routes in various levels of difficulty

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Scheibrand / das letzte Einhorn

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Beautiful, very demanding and extreme ice routes. Partly secured with bolts. The 180 meters long and difficult ice climbing ends with a freestanding Cone (or icicle) at the exit in the range WI 7.

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Neurur / Medusa

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Rewarding and challenging icefall facing eastwards.

Risk of avalanches: yes

Piösmes / Piösmesfälle

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Two impressive ice pillars above the Arzler Alm at the foot of the Rofelewand. The icefalls are located in high-Alpine terrain and are best reached with backcountry skis or snowshoes via the Arzler Alm.

Risk of avalanches: yes

Neurur / Pfaffenfälle

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(1462m)
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(1473m)
Two big, well-sloped icefalls. The left icefall is more difficult and longer than the right one. 

Risk of avalanches: yes

Köfels / Forelle Blau

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Ideal area for courses. Beware of avalanche danger!

Risk of avalanches: yes

Mittelberg / Schneelehnfall

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Icefall only suitable with good ice for climbing. Otherwise, watch out for water undermining.

Risk of avalanches: yes

Tieflehn / Marchlehnfall

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Western looking icefall located at the rear of the Pitztal

Risk of avalanches: yes

Mittelberg / Mittelbergferner Karlesfall

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(1722m)
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(2479m)
High-Alpine Icefalls for climbing in eternal ice. Combinable with the Icefalls Notweg.

Risk of avalanches: hardly

Schön / Stuibenfall

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(1033m)
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(1215m)
Very long and challenging icefall which exposed to the sun due to its south-western orientation. Often little ice and high danger of ice debris.

Risk of avalanches: hardly
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