Via ferratas Paznaun-Ischgl – outdoor experience on prehistoric rock
If you want to go climbing or bouldering in Paznaun, you have plenty of options to choose from. One of Austria’s best bouldering areas is located in Galtür, Tirol, on an altitude level of 2.000m. While it can get too hot to climb in many other Tirolean climbing areas, Galtür stays cool during the summer months. The scenery is magnificent and provides a great view over the whole valley. The bouldering area was established by Bernd Zangerl and has Tirol’s hardest boulder Anam Cara, 8C. Overall, there are more than 160 boulders in all difficulties. There is also Tirol’s first family-friendly bouldering area.
There are a lot of other outdoor activities to do as well: there are several via ferratas - also for families, a bouldering gym in Galtür and two climbing gardens. Paznaun is indeed a true paradise for alpinists, seasoned climbers and beginners alike.
Four high alpine via ferratas for beginners and pros in Paznaun
- Family-friendly Little Ballun via ferrata: As you can tell from its name, the Little Ballun via ferrata is recommended to both old and young people. The via ferrata on prehistoric rock is well secured. It is graded A to B. Because of this, also children older than 8 can gain their first experiences on via ferratas and train their concentration, coordination and power. The summit sits at an altitude of 2.165m, but to get there, you have to first master 100m of vertical gain from the starting point. As a reward, you can enjoy the view onto the surrounding mountains, such as the Silvretta mountains and the Verwall mountains.
- Flimspitz via ferrata: The 2.929 m high Flimspitz mountain peak is the highest mountain around Ischgl. It offers a great panoramic view – also onto the Swiss and Italian Alps. The relatively new Flimspitz via ferrata makes it easier to reach the summit. It’s only graded A. You have to master 120m in altitude which takes around 25 minutes. If you are more experienced, you can combine this via ferrata with the Greitspitz via ferrata.
- Greitspitz via ferrata:The Greitspitz via ferrata is short, exposed and steep. However, it’s still suitable for skilled children and climbers who are not so experienced. It’s mainly graded B. Yet, there are some short passages graded C to C/D which you can circumvent via alternative passages. The view of the 2.850m high mountain peak is magnificent! If you are more experienced, you can combine this via ferrata with the Flimspitz via ferrata.
- Silvapark – Galtür via ferrata: The Silvapark – Galtür via ferrata is a special challenge which a great view. The route is on prehistoric rock and graded B/C. Two passages are even graded C/D. You climb on an impressive Northern wall up to the mountain peak. From there, you have a breathtaking view onto the Silvretta glacier and the Rätikon mountains. The via ferrata is well secured and also suitable for children older than 12.