/ Austria ice
Lots of wee snippets but still none the wiser tbh.
Anyone been? Wheres good? Is late Feb do-able...?
Any info very gratefully rec'd.
I was born and raised in Munich, but I haven't done any ice-climbing in the Austrian Alps for several years. Obviously the big thing there is ski-touring - ice-climbing is a niche sport in Austria. The classical destinations are the Taschach-Tal (several ice-falls lined up, beautiful, plus the option to take the gondola up to the Pitztal Glacier and do overhanging walls on ice caves) or Rauris (Salzburger Land, never been there, but quite famous).
Also the Sellrain Valley has a few really nice ice falls (can be combined with Taschach Valley if you have a car).
The Taschach-Haus has a comfortable winter room (unmanned, but almost like a hotel).
February is generally the coldest month, so it should be okay. At least it was okay before climate change kicked in - now you never know.
I live in Tirol and there is a lot of ice climbing to be had all over.
The main areas are, Zillertal, Stubeital, Ötztal, Pitztal and Kaunertal. There is a great guide book for Tirol but it's in German (no surprise there), although Maps topos and grade can all be understood.
Here is a link: http://www.alpinverlag.at/buecher/eiskletterntirol/eiskletterntirol.html
Here are a couple of links to a useful site:
and here is a guide for Kaunertal in English and German.
Thanks to everyone for the hints and links.
Looks a winner to me!
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