Every year in the Easter time, even before the climbing season starts in Ötztal, Alexander and Ewald head for the very first safety checks in the valley’s climbing gardens and via ferratas. Mainly because frost and thaw can loosen rocks over the winter months, Alexander explains.
Due to the huge number of routes a detailed plan is required in order to examine all official climbing areas in different intervals. It is of utmost importance that all routes are checked and maintained on a regular basis to guarantee a maximum of safety.
The maintenance works also strongly depend on how much frequented the climbing and via ferrata routes are. Standard routes of certain difficulty levels and high climbing frequency must be checked yearly and in certain intervals while other, less frequented routes with long ascents and high difficulty are checked not that often.