/ DESTINATION GUIDE: Ötztal - Austria's Outdoor Capital

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UKC Articles - on 30 Nov 2017
Piberger see, 4 kbI am always on the lookout for new venues, preferable towards the lower end of the grade spectrum and a thread on UKClimbing caught my attention. Someone had asked about summer venues where they could climb and also get involved with other activities in the local area.

Chris Craggs makes the case for the Ötztal valley in Austria as a picturesque multi-activity destination.



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olddirtydoggy - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

More articles like this please. I was wondering what the trad stuff was like round here. I understand the Europeans like thheir bolting but I'm wondering what the real stuff has to offer. Great write up, thanks.
Mike-W-99 on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Not done any trad here but its a lovely area and loads of alpine stuff to go for as well.

Don't know if its still the case but you could get the topos from the local tourist office for the bolted stuff.
mike1979 - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to Mike-W-99:
There’s also a free app with all the Topos (climbers paradise) and PDFs online. Some of the crags are the most child friendly crags that i have ever seen. And the climbing is really good, too.
Chris Craggs - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to Mike-W-99:

> Not done any trad here but its a lovely area and loads of alpine stuff to go for as well.

> Don't know if its still the case but you could get the topos from the local tourist office for the bolted stuff.

I'm not sure if they still have the topos at the Tourist Info but many of the cliffs have a big display board with the topos displayed,

Chris
sheavi07 - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

Any bouldering at all?
cragtyke on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

Nice article but still understates the amount and variety of climbing to be found there, the tourist info site has plenty of info, including topos for some of the climbing gardens (crags) and klettersteig (via ferrata), bouldering etc:

https://www.oetztal.com/climbing

The climbers paradise site has topos for the sport climbing and ice routes:

https://www.climbers-paradise.com/en/

Had a trip there in June and stayed at the camp site in Langenfeld , which cost us about £12 each per night and was the most luxurious site I've ever stayed on. Crags and Via Ferrata within walking distance. Beer in the bars was between 3.50 and 4 euros a pint. Going back in January for some ice routes.
AP Melbourne on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to sheavi07:

> Any bouldering at all?

What's the beer like Chris?
In reply to mike1979:

> There’s also a free app with all the Topos (climbers paradise) and PDFs online. Some of the crags are the most child friendly crags that i have ever seen. And the climbing is really good, too.

The package is also free on the Rockfax app as well.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rockfax/id786215304
AlanLittle - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to sheavi07:
Yes but with rather sensitive access issues. A bit of googling will find you full information, including a topo, all in German. Google translate is your friend.

Speaking of sensitive access, anybody know of a topo for Piberger See? Seems not to be covered on Climbers Paradise or any of the other usual topo sources, for some reason.
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Chris Craggs - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to sheavi07:

Yes, the local ring bound guidebook also covers the bouldering

Chris
Chris Craggs - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to AP Melbourne:
> What's the beer like Chris?

It is Austria - beer and sausages are both top notch

Chris
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Chris Craggs - on 02 Dec 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

I'm not really sure why Austria had fallen so far off our radar but we will deffo be back there this autumn,

Chris
john arran - on 02 Dec 2017
In reply to Alan James - UKC and UKH:

> The package is also free on the Rockfax app as well.


Not sure many will want to pay £1000 for a specialist iApp viewer though Alan ;-)
L Stewart Watson - on 03 Dec 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

Have a look at http://www.oetztalclimbing.com/ for more info regarding the less known crags in Oetztal.
geoff b on 06 Dec 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

Spent 3 weeks there this summer with my 16 year old son, camping between Solden & Langenfeld and had a great time. Lots of peaks c.3,500m - 3,700m both with & without glaciers to have a crack at, loads of rock climbing & bouldering, really atmospheric via ferratas, great walking, lovely food, friendly huts & bars. Worth joining OeAv if you're staying in the huts & book early as some of them are super busy in the school holidays. There's also plenty of non-mountain stuff if you need a break! Mayrhofen in the Zillertal is a good comparator.

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