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Icy-cold experience close to the city: ice climbing areas around Innsbruck

Innsbruck offers the perfect combination of mountain activities and cultural experience in the city. It has plenty of alpine charm and is very popular for visitors of all ages. Innsbruck and the surrounding holiday villages offer many sport climbing routes and multi pitches of all difficulties, all year long. There are well known via ferratas on the Nordkette and on the Martinswand in Kranebitten. Rugged rocks and steep walls provide an ideal opportunity for wonderful experiences. The Naturpark Karwendel is also a very popular climbing destination.

4 tips for ice climbing in the Innsbruck region

Around Innsbruck, there are all together eight ice climbing areas. Some of the most beautiful and most popular ice falls are located in the Sellraintal valley – a true eldorado for ice climbers. Here is a list of the four most popular ice climbing areas:

  • Bafflfall ice fall: The 110m high Bafflfall ice fall in Sellrain valley offers several ice climbing routes, graded WI2-5. The consist of one to three pitches. The access hike only takes 15 minutes for which reason you are rarely alone when climbing. To get down, you can either abseil or walk down.
  • Seigesbach ice fall: The Seigesbach ice fall in Sellrain valley is recommended to beginners who want to try out ice climbing for the first time. The routes are graded WI2-3 and the ice fall is only 30m high. Even though the access hike is really short, the crag is hardly ever overcrowded.
  • Left Zehentfälle ice falls: On the left hand side of the 40m high Zehentfälle ice falls in Sellrain valley, there are two ice climbing routes graded WI4+. The access hike takes an hour.
  • Easy Afternoon ice fall: Contrary to its name, the beautiful and quite popular “Easy Afternoon” ice fall in Sellrain valley is not that easy. Most routes are graded WI4. The access hike to the 80m high ice fall takes half an hour.
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