/ Via Ferrata Switzerland, Austria; recommendations please
There are a few others in the same area (Saas Valley, Switzerland) although I've not done them, I saw the cables on the Mittaghorn nearby when we climbed a route on that mountain.
I've done three, all of which I would class as intermediate, possibly on the hard side (although I'm not familiar with the grading scales for klettersteigs). They are all worthwhile, and in the logbook database:
- Eggstocke (Braunwald)
There is a klettersteig guidebook to Switzerland "die klettersteige der schweiz". Also found this showing a few options (in german but gives some grades):
I've got a Swiss VF guidebook that I'll never use again. Free to good home if you want it. PM me?
+1 for the Jegihorn, was great fun. http://www.masterplan-photography.co.uk/2012/07/jegihorn-ferrata
When you reach the ridge / plateau there is a bit of more scrambling type terrain, then you have the option to continue on the final harder section (which I omitted due to a slow party ahead, and a gathering murk). Descending from that point was not so pleasant, being mainly on steep grass with only thin cables to hold on to, but with one challenging steep step to descend.
I would say it's between the Schwarzhorn and the Tallistock in terms of difficulty, length and interest. While the location in the Glarus Alps (Glarner Alpen) is probably not so well known to most Brits, you do have in the immediate locality also the Ortstock (walk / trivial scramble, see logbook) and the Bos Fulen (scramble, probably 3s but I haven't done it, not in UKC logbook).
Another vote for the Schwarzhorn. A couple of 'pitches' on the vertical ladders which look worse than what they are ;-)
There's another one down in Kandersteg which we didn't have time to do but looks fantastic through binoculars, it actually starts in the village.
There's another one on the East side of the Eiger which I can't remember the name, it's really
good but I've never seen anyone else on it. It can be a bit tiring on the arms tho because the way down is the same as up (there was prob another way but we never had a guide book, so don't know). I'll hunt down the name for that one and post it back up.
Can't find a name yet (very slow 3g just now) but it topped out next to the Ostegg Hut if that helps :-)
I did the one in Kandersteg with my gf last summer. Turned out to be a lot steeper and harder than I'd expected and I ended up using a rope for the top half. So probably worth doing a couple before that and taking a confidence rope. http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=112102
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