Super-Ferratas — from dawn till sunset

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Yes, we call them “Super-Ferratas”. Because they are long, some of them are really long. Partially easy, partially difficult – from a technical perspective. It's barely impossible to find a harder one than some of these. Some of these via ferratas are exciting only because they are easy (A/B) and have a great view. Others captivate you because of their crazy difficulties and many peaks (D/E and climbing scale). They all have one thing in common: They are very long. Tours up to 12 hours. Exactly what you are looking for? We all love a challenge, but it should fit your skills. The very high degrees of difficulty up to E show themselves as hard vertical or even overhanging walls, which are shriveling. A beginner doesn't stand a chance here. But with a good basic endurance and a good self-confidence in heights you are safe to try the easy and long versions.

Many of these via ferratas have unsecured parts, no rope, nothing to hang on to besides the naked rock. These difficulties can go up to a 3 in the climbing scale, so it demands a confident skill set for alpine climbing as well. Every via ferrata is different, the difficulty alone doesn't tell you that. That's why a nice topo – the exact description and map of the tour – is important for good preparation. You normally find them on the internet. So you get a good feeling if you can make it and how to divide your power. Only when you make it back to the valley happy and healthy the tour was truly successful and that should be your first priority. We all are looking for a little extra action in life and believe us, on these beautiful mountains you'll find it anyways.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Gardasee-Berge - Ferrata Ernesto Che Guevara

    Mountaineering Highlight (Segment)

    I do not know why this via ferrata was named after the Cuban guerilla fighter Che Guevara, but the via ferrata is certainly also revolutionary. The 1400 meter high rock face has it all. Even if the via ferrata has only a short C place and otherwise moves in area B, it consumes due to its length properly at the forces. The wall is also south-facing and therefore sunny and hot. (Lots, lots, lots of water!) Most of the time you climb in the sun and the hardest parts are more likely to finish. Arrived at the top of the flat green plateau, the "torments" are quickly forgotten and the memory of the fun and the success remains. Here you should take a deep breath again, because you can expect a three-hour descent now. A huge via ferrata experience that definitely has no equal.

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    Oberösterreichische Voralpen - Naturfreundesteig

    Mountaineering Highlight (Segment)

    The Naturfreunde Klettersteig is a light climbing system above the Traunsee. The difficulty here is only up to B, but the way is very long and above all to overcome over 1200 meters in altitude. The via ferrata is therefore only advisable for adventurous adventurers. The wonderful view you have the entire way, the effort is definitely worth it. Above all, the via ferrata has a lot to offer on its length: tunnels, clamps, ropes, walking areas, iron ladders - there is everything here and the path can be perfectly combined with the Hans Hernlersteig (A / B) on the descent.

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    Dolomiten – Sorapiss-Umrundung

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The beautiful, massive mountain range of the Sorapis Group impresses you from afar. The circumnavigation of this massif, with the Rifugio Vandelli and two bivouac boxes on the way, is a wonderful weekend outing. Via Ferrata Alfonso Vandelli, Sentiero Carlo Minazio, Ferrata Francesco Berti make it one of the most spectacular laps in the Dolomites. The difficulty of the via ferrata goes up to a maximum of C and 2, which means there are also uninsured climbing sites. Who wants to tackle the tour in one day (yes, these crazy people are there) should ascend the day before to Rifugio Vandelli and start the tour as soon as it is light. A 12-hour day is waiting for you.

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    The most difficult via ferrata on the Hochkönig and the longest via ferrata in Salzburg. Sounds like a challenging combination? It is! First you have just over two hours boarding time, before you make the D-ferrata (and climbing 1-), which usually has C / D difficulties and seldom lighter than C. The difficulty combined with about 1.7 climbing kilometers makes even experienced via ferrata walkers tremble. It goes up on Teufelshörner, over the Kematstein up to the high head, mostly along the airy ridge edge and over small and larger gorges. The eight towers that are overcome on the way, are already a small stress test, because after each climb follows a descent, followed by a climb, followed by a descent ... Climbing meter for climbing meters. The reward and the fun are priceless, otherwise we would not do it.

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    Wettersteingebirges - Zugspitze Jubiläumsgrat

    Mountaineering Highlight (Segment)

    I would like to point out that 7 hours from Zug to Alpspitze is already extremely ambitious. The rule walking time is 10 hours. Due to many accidents of "normal" via ferrata walkers, it has been decided to reduce the steel rope fences on the part between Zugspitzgipfel and bivouac box as far as possible. This part has a very alpine character and is not a via ferrata. It is the Jubigrat a serious alpine enterprise, which can be extremely dangerous especially with ice / snow or with tempest. There is on the more than 8 km long ridge only one emergency descent to Knorrhütte about in Gratmitte. The 3er climbing points are in the upper part between Zugspitze and bivouac box. Recommended direction of travel from Zug to Alpspitze or Grießkarscharte.

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    Anna and Johann, two climbing routes, which are already a great experience. Combined creates a climbing of superlatives. First it goes to the "Anna" with a D-spot, but mostly to C / D. At the exit of the Anna via ferrata (here you can also break off) one meets the approach of the "Johann". The way you follow 100 hm left to the entrance. The "Johann" is significantly heavier, which is immediately apparent on the extremely heavy boarding overhang and also much longer than the "Anna". He leads you up to the Seethaler hut.

    Here you can either descend to the Hunerkogel mountain station (Südwand-Bahn) or, if still not enough, you can still attack the shoulder on the Hohe Dachstein (2995 m). Thus you would have combined the three via ferratas of the so-called "Superferrata". If you connect all three via ferratas, the result is almost 1,200 vertical meters, which you have to climb. Insured throughout with steel cable. But here it is not only the altitude, the condition and skills demand, but especially the difficulties to be overcome up to the degree D / E. And the descent is also over the glacier!

    The via ferrata combination at the Dachstein is one of the longest and heaviest in the Alps, so it is only for advanced skiers - and even these, will know their limits here.

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    The Dolomites are known for their great via ferrata rounds. One of my favorites is the combination of Ferrata Aldo Roghel (D) and Ferrata Cengia Gabriella (C), which leads from Rifugio Berti to Rifugio Carducci.

    The first part leads from Rifugio Berti to Bivacco Battaglione Cadore (3.5 hours). From the Rifugio you go to the left over the scree slope, where the climbing tracks are clearly visible. It goes straight through steep steps, through a chimney and the key point, a smooth vertical wall step, well insured with wire ropes to the top. From the Forcella delle Guglie di Stalata (2540 m), on the other side it is only partially insured over rocky steps and chutes to the Ferrata Cengia Gabriella. Do not descend to Bivacco Battaglione Cadore, but cross the rubble basin of the Ciadin de Stalata.

    From here, the Ferrata Cengia Gabriella (C) leads to Rifugio Carducci in about 4.5 hours. The via ferrata is very long and it often goes down and up again, which fatigues in the long term. But the great panorama keeps you in a good mood. You move on this via ferrata mainly on rock bands and is not always secured. Just before it goes down for the last time, you can already see the Rifugio Carducci. A short joy sprouts before you realize that here again a decent rise waits until you can enjoy the excellent food at the hut. The descent into the Val Giralba and the Rifugio Carducci (2297 m) leads through a steep, rope-secured channel, where mostly old snow lies - crampons would have helped us a lot here. All in all a great tour with fantastic views and a good combination of climbing and adventure hike.

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    Berchtesgadener Alpen - Watzmann Überschreitung

    Mountaineering Highlight (Segment)

    The crossing of the three main peaks of the Watzmann is very demanding, long, hard but also incredibly beautiful. The royal tour of the Berchtesgaden Alps is therefore only for experienced alpinists. The path over the Watzmann is not a continuous via ferrata. In many places you can secure yourself with via ferrata set but there are extremely many unsecured climbing sites. Mountain enthusiasts who are experienced, sure-footed and fit for conditioning, have a lot of fun here and the most beautiful panorama ever. But even the very hard-boiled come here to their limits. In any case, you should start away from the Watzmannhaus and only in good weather. The descent is again exhausting. Anyone who has survived this transgression successfully and happily may well pat himself on the back!

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    The via ferrata (D) is one of the most challenging but also the most beautiful climbing systems in Switzerland. The difficulties are mostly around C / D and are rarely lighter than C. Apart from the technical know-how, the approximately 2-kilometer-long iron path also requires a good physical condition with almost 6 hours of climbing time. If you are over-motivated, you can also work your way up the E-variant in the key position, the rest will also need a good deal of courage for the D-variant. But that's exactly what makes the attraction of a via ferrata. The approach is relatively short with a good 45 minutes and the descent is within less than 2 hours within limits. A tremendous adventure that leads you to the summit of Daubenhorn.

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    Sellagruppe - Via Ferrata Bepi Zac

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    The trail Bepi Zac is a light but long B / C via ferrata. Many refer to it as a secured high-level path instead of via ferrata, which certainly applies to many easier but long Via Ferratas. However, you should never go unsecured here! The cool thing about the Bepi Zac via ferrata is that it follows the old ways of the First World War. The wonderful landscape and the history (positions along the way) make the climb a great experience, even if the technical difficulties are limited. The path winds its way along the ridge to Costabella (2762) and on to the Forcella del Ciadin (2664 m), where the via ferrata finds its destination.

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