Ice climbing is a sport that captivates both the athlete and the spectator from the first moment.
Do you know the clanking sound when the ice tool bores into the frozen wet? Now it's time to quickly climb higher, find your footing and plan the next move.
Here in Salzburger Land, it's time to unpack your ice climbing gear and enjoy the open air in the Tauern mountains. Great routes along icefalls and waterfalls inspire numerous passionate climbers. A true fascination in the Alpine region for beginners but also mountain guides.
The Gastein Valley is known among ice climbers as a true Eldorado. When the temperatures drop in autumn, countless routes grow over the rock faces. And everywhere where the spring and melt water has flowed in summer, you can find frozen routes to the top. Between the gorge at the entrance to the valley and the four high valleys in the south, there are several venues where climbing-hungry athletes can be found in the early morning hours.
Gastein has made a name for itself among ice sports enthusiasts both nationally and internationally. From easy practice terrain to challenging routes, the Gasteinertal valley has a wide range of offers for every level of difficulty . Gastein's high alpine location ensures high quality ice. Have you ever tried your hand at ice climbing? Under the guidance of experienced Austrian mountain guides, you can immerse yourself in this very special world and experience the fascination of ice climbing in Gastein up close. Simply request an ice climbing course, get rental equipment and the climbing with ice axe can start.
Would you like to experience ice climbing as a spectator? Many icefalls in Gastein are easily accessible and also offer interested spectators a fascinating and exciting experience. An absolute highlight is when athletes "scramble" up meter-high ice pillars directly above the landmark of Bad Gastein, the waterfall in the town center.
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