Ice Climbing in Ötztal

Up the frozen waterfall

Not a sport for everyone but an ice-cold adventure for daredevils, in which the magic waterfalls of Ötztal play the main role. There are several possibilities, even beginners can give ice climbing a try. Climbing crampons and ice tools are part of the basic equipment. The right technique can be easily learned from experienced mountain guides.

Along the icy slope

Even without previous knowledge and with a bit of climbing experience sports enthusiasts can venture their first ice climbing route accompanied by a local mountain guide. Discipline and safety always come first. Because the right belaying technique, assessing the quality of ice correctly on the spot and perfect climbing iron techniques at various difficulty levels are absolutely required for beginners. The right use of ice pick and crampons must be practiced before climbing a frozen waterfall. There are just under thirty different ice climbing falls in Längenfeld, featuring varied heights and levels of difficulty. The exhausting ascent is also a trial of patience as you don't set a speed record when climbing a waterfall - at least not as a beginner or slightly advanced. Once on top, amateur athletes are all enthusiastic about such a unique experience, and they usually describe it as "really great" unanimously. Among the sporty evening highlights ranks floodlit ice climbing by night on the waterfall in Längenfeld.

SPIDER, EL GRINGO, FIX UND FOXI

Activity Description
Waterfall climbing Splendid ice surface with a quite difficult part at the end
Difficulty Pitches
WI 2/5+ approx. 3-4 pitches, height 70-190 m
Facing to Parking
East

Volksschule Tumpen (elementary school Tumpen)

Access Descent
Heading towards the lower valley, you turn left at the farmhouse and proceed to the waterfall (duration: 0.5 hr) Along the route by abseiling with ice anchors and on trees or across the forest until you reach the lowest section where you can abseil down on the trees (duration: 1 hr)

DOWNLOADS:
Download Topo Spider, El Gringo, Fix und Foxi (pdf, approx. 310 KB) 
Download Beschreibung Spider (pdf, approx. 33 KB)
Download Beschreibung El Gringo (pdf, approx. 33 KB)
Download Beschreibung Fix und Foxi (pdf, approx. 33 KB)

MEISTER PROPER

Activity Description
Waterfall climbing A short but difficult waterfall
Difficulty pitches
WI 2/5+ approx. 3-4 pitches, height 70-190 m
Facing to Parking
East Volksschule Tumpen (elementary school)
Access Descent

After the church heading towards the upper valley to the Gesteigalm and you will reach the waterfall after 30,5 h. (duration: 0,5 h)

Abseiling down along the route by using ice anchors, hooks and trees (duration: 1.5 hrs)

DOWNLOADS:
Download Topo Meister Proper (pdf, approx. 270 KB) 
Download Beschreibung Meister Proper (pdf, approx. 33 KB)

SCOOBY DOO, GHOSTBUSTER 1, GHOSTBUSTER 2

Activity Description

Waterfall climbing

Short waterfalls, ideal for practicing
Difficulty pitches
WI 2+/5+ approx. 1-2 pitches, 15-35 m
Facing to Parking
South-West From Oetz towards Ochsengarten; leave your car in the Taxegg area located to the right of the bridge.
Access Descent
Walking through the forest you reach the forest trail, follow the descending trail which takes you right to the waterfall. (duration: 5 min)

Abseiling down along the route by using ice anchors, hooks and trees. (duration: 0.5 hr

DOWNLOADS: 
Download Topo Ghostbuster 1 und 2 und Scooby Doo (pdf Format, ca. 270 KB) 
Download Description Ghostbuster 1 (pdf Format, ca. 33 KB)
Download Description Ghostbuster 2 (pdf Format, ca. 33 KB)
Download Description Scooby Doo (pdf Format, ca. 33 KB)

EIS AM STIEL

Activity Description
Waterfall climbing Short waterfalls
Difficulty pitches
WI 4/4+ approx. 1 pitches, height 50 m
Facing to Parking
North From Oetz towards Ochsengarten; leave your car in the Taxegg area located to the right of the bridge.
Access Descent

Heading towards the bridge located in the upper part and crossing Nederbach brook, you are on the way up to the waterfall. (duration: 15 min)

Abseiling down along the route by using ice anchors, hooks and trees. (duration: 0.5 hr)

DOWNLOADS:
Download Topo Eis am Stiel (pdf Format, ca. 260 KB) 
Download Description Eis am Stiel (pdf Format, ca. 33 KB)

ASTERIX, OBELIX, ATLANTIS

Activity Description
Waterfall climbing Short waterfall
Difficulty Pitches
WI 2/3+ approx. 2 pitches, height 75 m
Facing to Parking
North From Oetz towards Ochsengarten; leave your car in the Taxegg area located to the right of the bridge.
Access Descent

Walking through the forest you reach the forest trail; follow the ascending trail which takes you right to the waterfall. (duration: 0.5 hr)

Abseiling down along the route by using ice anchors, hooks and trees. (duration: 0.5 hr)

DOWNLOADS:
Download Topo Asterix und Obelix (pdf, approx. 250 KB) 
Download Beschreibung Asterix (pdf, approx. 33 KB)
Download Beschreibung Obelix (pdf, approx. 33 KB)
Download Beschreibung Atlantis (pdf, approx. 32 KB)

Here you'll learn what really matters: Secure, crampons, assessing the quality of ice and difficulty.

Tip: Mountain guide, rental equipment, topographical details and advice on current conditions offered by Ewald Holzknecht and his team at Alpintreff, Unterlängenfeld 90, 6444 Längenfeld, T +43 664 4434684

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