/ Easy Austrian Multipitches?
My girlfriend and I will be visiting relatives there in Spring, so we'd like to head out to the mountains as well; I've done plenty of multipitch trad and sport, but my girlfriend has only lead climbed indoors, so I'm looking for something in the style of Idwal Slabs/Tryfan (ie VDiff-Severe)or even easy alpine-style routes. Sport is also a possibility, so long as it's long and easy, but not something that can be accomplished in a day.
Many thanks guys!
Where in Austria will you be? How far are you willing to drive from there?
This site is in german, but easy enough to understand I think.
This raises something that I completely forgot to mention - We won't be driving, but using public transport! So anything that's especially easily accessible is definitely a bonus.
We'll be coming from Vienna by train, if that helps.
From Vienna it's 3:40 by train to schladming, which is close to the dachstein area. Depending on when in spring you're going it might still be snow and ice here though.
There's also the area of Grazer Bergland about 2:20 from Vienna. Within an hour from station Mixnitz-Bärenschützklamm there are several easy multipitchroutes and it might be more suitable for spring. Mostly bolted routes though.
But like I said there's probably climbing closer to Vienna aswell and bergsteigen.com is a good site to find climbs.
Some German ability would be helpful but you can find your way around the site a bit without and look up thee odd word in a dictionary or on google translate.
Next is hohe wand, oriented se/s, hundreds of routes up to 7 pitches, including many good ones from grade 4 UIAA, again various places to stay.
The first 'real mountains' rax & schneeberg offer routes up to 16 pitches, a huge choice in grades 4-6 UIAA and also only take 1:30 hours to get to by rail/bus.
You might want to invest in genusskletteratlas Österreich ost, publisher Schall verlag, that has suggestions for all three areas.
Of course there is more climbing further west ... feel free to contact me for more detailed Information.
The Mixnitz area mentioned above is very nice for climbing with a girlfriend. The approaches are relatively short and I suppose everything will be blooming if you're there later in the spring.
Thank you all for what sound like great suggestions, I'll be sure to check them out!
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