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The Karwendel was first opened up to climbers as early as 1843, and since then mountain sports history has been written there more than once. Four mountain ranges, crisscrossed by imposing pinnacles and embrasures, stretch for kilometers from west to east in the Karwendel. A total of 125 peaks with more than 2,000m above sea level form the silhoutte of this impressive natural area. Brittle and unattractive is often said of climbing in the Karwendel. For a long time, the attribute karwendelig was even considered a synonym for brittle in the climbing scene. But the true experts know that if you know the right walls and routes, you will be rewarded with terrific challenges, wonderful crack systems and smooth rock faces. The Halleranger area is an absolute insider tip here. Located virtually behind the gates of the city of Innsbruck, this jewel for ambitious climbers can be reached from the urban city center within a very short time.
Access via the Nordkette:
Take the Nordkettenbahn up to the Hafelekar mountain station without any effort. Continue via the Pfeishütte, the Stempeljoch, the exposed Wilde-Bande-Steig and the Lafatscher Joch to the Hallerangerhaus (walking time: approx. 5 hours).
Access via Absam and the Halltal valley:
From Innsbruck to Absam and follow the Salzberstraße uphill at the end of the village then straight on into the Halltal valley. Since the previous toll road into the Hall Valley is closed to public motor vehicle traffic, it is possible to travel to and from the Hall Valley by e-bike, by cab service. On the website www.absam.at you can find the contact to the local cab companies. By bike, the route continues up the former toll road through the Halltal valley for about 550 meters in altitude, past the manor houses on to the Issjöchl (1,650 m). Up to the Issjöchl you can easily ride your e-bike. From here it is still about 400 meters in altitude up to the Lafatscher Joch (2,085 m). From the Joch, it is then about 300 meters in altitude down to the Hallangerhaus and further in a few minutes up to Hallangeralm, which is located slightly above.
Access via Scharnitz:
From Innsbruck uncomplicated by train or via car to Scharnitz. To take your bike on the train, you need your own bike ticket. In the town center, after the church, turn right to parking lot no. 2 at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys. Continue by bike or on foot into the Hinterautal valley to the Kastenalm (1220 m) and then follow the very steep climb towards the Lafatscher Niederleger. Then it becomes a bit flatter again, before it gets a bit steeper again in front of the Hallerangerhaus (1768 m). After about 20 km and 850 hm, you will reach it in about 2.25 hours (normal mountain bike) or in about 1.25 hours with an e-bike. On foot the walking time is about 5h.
Parking in Absam:
Since spring 2012, the entrance to Halltal has attracted visitors with a large, free parking lot. Parking for about 135 cars on two levels.
Parking in Scharznitz:
Parking lot no. 2 at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys, daily parking fee: 6€.
The smooth slabs of the Speckkarspitze are unrivaled in terms of exposure. Combined with good rock quality, the multi-pitches in this sector are each a real treat of alpine climbing.
Copyright Topo: Michael Meisl
Beautiful route with north face flair that leads through an impressively smooth wall. The rock quality is good, but the small rock fragments tend to break away. The tour is well secured throughout.
Reinhold Scherer and Dieter Stöhr 2009
Behind the hut, the trail first descends a bit to the east. Then laterally along the alpine meadow until you recognize a small path leading to the foot of the wall in the mixture of gravel and mountain pines. Follow this path, keeping slightly to the right, until you are below the wall and then traverse further to the right until you reach the start of the route. (about 25 minutes from the hut).
Abseil down the abseil slope of the route. Attention: abseiling lengths up to 35 m. From there back to the Hallerangerhaus and by bike back to the valley.