/ Via Ferrata Switzerland, Austria; recommendations please

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Dom Slater - on 26 Feb 2013
Any favourites? Wil be out there with my girlfriend this summer (July) so some beginner friendly and intermediate grade routes please. She climbs indoors; Iíve done some VFís as acclimatisation climbs including the Daubenhorn.
The Ivanator - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: The Jegihorn is fantastic, although the spectacular wire bridge option appears to be no longer available:
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=116099
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.
rlrs on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater:

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:
- Schwarzhorn
- Eggstocke (Braunwald)
- Tallistock
There is a klettersteig guidebook to Switzerland "die klettersteige der schweiz". Also found this showing a few options (in german but gives some grades):
http://www.balmer-kunz.ch/2009_07_25-26_Braunwald/klettersteige_def.pdf
mcdougal - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater:

I've got a Swiss VF guidebook that I'll never use again. Free to good home if you want it. PM me?
Dom Slater - on 26 Feb 2013
Ivan: Thanks for that. +1 for the Jegihorn, although Iíve not done it since 2007 when the bridge was still there. The Mittaghorn is good too, though itís less of a sport VF than the Jegi. Makes a good fun addition to the normal route to the Britannia Hut.
Dom Slater - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to mcdougal: Thanks for the thought but I have one as it happens!It's amazing how many new routes there are now; my guide is 2005 and it's already hopelessly out of date.
alastairbegley - on 26 Feb 2013
Dom Slater - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to rlrs: Thanks for those. Nice to get a recommendation for the Eggstocke as Iíd been looking at it but whilst I know I can do it having done the Daubenhorn (if you havenít and get the chance do it cos itís a fantastic route) itís difficult to know whatís going to be right for my girlfriend by just looking at topos.
rlrs on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: It's several years since I did the Eggstocke, but what I remember is mostly steep ladders, an equally steep but short traverse on a cable...and a short bridge.

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).
redsonja - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: the innsbruck klettersteig is fantastic
aultguish on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater:
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.
Cheers
Blinder - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: Jeggihorn is good, I am not sure if they will sort out the bridge this year. There a couple of good looking ones in Leukerbad and the Kandersteg.
graham F - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: There are a few shorter VFs in the Valais which might be good for starters. Evolene (quite steep), Nax (east but scenic) and Saillon are all good. There's a nice one at the Moiry dam too.
http://www.viaferrata.org/c2suisse.html
Blinder - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: If you are in the Saas vally, try the hŲhenweg gršchen to saas fee a great walk. There is a little known lift about halfway along that takes you about the road.
aultguish on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to aultguish:
Can't find a name yet (very slow 3g just now) but it topped out next to the Ostegg Hut if that helps :-)
bigbobbyking - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater:

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
mrchewy - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Dom Slater: There's a pretty steep one up in Engelberg that looks improbable from the ground. Video on youtube somewhere

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