Spitzkofel via ferrata route

The Spitzkofel, at 2717m, and the Spitzkofel group, dominate Lienz and Drautal and in earlier times it was regarded as the key summit in the Lienz Dolomites. Its five-tor north ridge was in times past a key position for extreme climbing. To get to Lienz’s local mountain more easily, steel cables were set up in sections in the rocky terrain. The secure points begin in the south gorge area and proceed via the rocky sections to Linderhütte on the pre-summit, continuing through the Spitzkofelscharte to the main summit at 2717m. Linderhütte is the oldest bothy in the Lienz Dolomites.

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260 m
1 h
sea level starting point
2693 m
sea level highest point
2718 m
access time to the entry point
3:30 h
walking time descent
3:30 h
state: closed
best season:
Starting point gorge bridge – to the Kerschbaumeralm bothy – continuing via Hallebachtörl (signposts) on the signposted path to the southern gorge of the Spitzkofel.
As the ascent.

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From Klammbrückl car park (natural landmark) up the well signposted path to Hallebach (ford). Just before the river, proceed right, along the well-used steep path. The route is challenging, heading through larch and mountain pine forest up to the Böseggtürme and the steep path which proceeds from Hallebachtörl to the Spitzkofel. Continue on the steep path in a northerly direction up to around 2500m. The via ferrata route begins at Linderhütte. Via the descent, secured with steel cable, about 50 m down into the Spitzkofelscharte and after this about 100 m - also steel cable secured - up to the summit at 2717m.

Difficult sections: B. The path is not secured with steel cables throughout (only at the steepest cliff sections), in the easier terrain sure-footedness is required in parts.

Equipment: Complete via ferrata equipment and helmet. Additional short safety rope is recommended for those who don't have much experience and children!




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