Athletic Alpine adventure out on the via ferrata on the Krippenstein

New: Dachstein Krippenstein Via Ferrata!

Via Ferrata Dachstein Gams (c) Outdoor Leadership/Heli Putz

Thrills and rushes of pure adrenaline out on the wire of the new ‘Via Ferrata Dachstein Krippenstein’! The new fixed rope course on the Dachstein Krippenstein, a high point for any fan of the Alps, affords an unforgettable Alpine adventure with a vast breathtaking view from the Inner Salzkammergut as far out as the Dachstein Glacier. 

The access point to the new via ferrata can be found just 20 minutes away from the mountain station for the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car. The new Dachstein Krippenstein via ferrata can be traversed across courses at varying levels of difficulty (BLUE/Himmeleck, GREEN/Gams and ORANGE/Nordwand), and following its wire cables and footholds unravels a tremendous Alpine experience.

Dachstein Krippenstein Via Ferrata: climbing route info

Via ferrata Dachstein Krippenstein

Brief overview:

- Access point 20 min
- Himmeleck to the Gams | A | 650 metres’ climb
- Gams to the 5fingers | B/C | 350 metres’ climb
- Westpfeiler | E+ | 850 metres’ climb

Access point 20 min:
Take the footpath from the Krippenstein top station heading north (5fingers). About halfway, follow a clear sign pointing east as far as the ‘Himmeleck’ access.

BLUE > Himmeleck Via Ferrata | B | 650 metres’ climb:
Stunning Alpine amateurs’ tour, not for beginners though. This via ferrata runs 600m north from the ‘Himmeleck’ access on the east side of the Krippenstein towards the ‘Gams’ (chamois sculpture).

GRREN > Gams Via Ferrata | C | 350 metres' climb:
From the ‘Gams’, either take the same climbing route back to the ‘Himmeleck’ again, or go on up 350m to the 5fingers observation deck. This exit, however, has 2 points at level C difficulty.

ORANGE > Nordwand | E+ | 850 metres’ climb:
The via ferrata at the highest level of difficulty. From the chamois sculpture, it starts off as a descent, which then veers off 450m across to the west up under the north face of the Krippenstein. This then stretches on for a total climb of 400m. The north face starts with an overhang, its difficulty ranging up to E+. It then continues at a slight angle on towards the west across exposed, solid slabs of rock. 

The west end of the via ferrata is the exit for BASE jump. The upper part continues on from the ‘Base Exit’ for a further distance of 100m at level E+ difficulty. 

Cable car operations management / Emergency info: +43 (0)50 140 12180 
Mountain rescue service: 140

Outdoor Leadership
Commissioned by the Dachstein tourist industry 

Dachstein Tourismus AG

The builder (Outdoor Leadership / Helmut Putz), the owner (Dachstein Tourismus AG), and the landowner (Austrian Federal Forestry Office) assume no liability for the security and condition of the via ferrata facility or its use. Anyone crossing does so of their own volition and requires sufficient planning, self-assessment, preparation, training as well as physical and mental fitness. This via ferrata does NOT constitute a beginners’ climb, but more of a challenging via ferrata course with all the Alpine perils in store up in the mountains. If a rescue expedition is required as a result of the climber’s own mistake or incorrect self-assessment, then rescue costs will have to be charged.

Safety First: mandatory!

Equipment for the fixed rope course

To take on the athletic challenge of the Dachstein Krippenstein via ferrata, you will require the following: 

  • Climbing harness with via ferrata kit
  • Rock climbing helmet
  • First Aid kit
  • Climbing boots for the 'Nordwand'
  • Climbing sling for overhangs ('Nordwand')
  • Same as always applies: Safety First!

Making your way safely over the via ferrata:
climbing tips from the Austrian mountain rescue service

Via ferrata courses & lessons on the Dachstein Krippenstein

Outdoor Leadership

With the qualified mountain guides and pro climbers at Outdoor Leadership, you can get off to a good start in the world of climbing, or enhance your skills to take on the more tricky via ferratas.

Outdoor Leadership
Tel. +43 6135  6058

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