A few of the popular via ferrata routes and climbing crags in the Lienz Dolomites can be found here.
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Mountaineers can confidently call themselves ‘Alpinists’. These more or less bold contemporaries scale mountains either by climbing, or by hiking, they cross glaciers and have one thing in common: a climbing rope. ‘Bergvagabunden’ are what these mountain fans were called in days past. Their anthem (...venturing everything with rope and climbing pegs...) is still sung well into the night in bothies. The allure of scaling mountains and looking from the summit into the mostly mist-shrouded valleys has not vanished today. Especially not in the Lienz Dolomites, limestone mountains which have some bizarre looking rocky towers, whose most famous mountain is certainly the Große Laserzwand.
“Unfriendly”, is how the Lienz Dolomites were described in earlier times on account of their strange, wild rock shapes, have always been a paradise for climbers and mountaineers. Via ferrata routes, a somewhat easier was of ascending the cliffs, has been booming for a few years. Alpinforum Lienz has in the interim been refurbished and re-built into quite a number of excellent via ferrata routes, treating guests to the Dolomite town with a special adrenaline rush in the summer season.
Beginners make their first attempts with expert supervision with Bergstatt Lienz in the “Treepark” at Lake Tristacher. The “Treepark” is a high ropes garden with quite a few bridges, gangplanks and ropes between the spruces. However the highlight is the ‘human sling’, with which – secured of course – you fly several metres through the air and then swing out to the Lienz valley floor. Kitted out thus, nothing stands in the way of a guided via ferrata tour on the Laserz and Madonnen via ferrata route. One particular treat is the via ferrata route in the Galitzen ravine direct on the Drau cycle trail. Thundering water, glistening drops, rope bridges and spectators along the path into the ravine make this area a very special experience.
The Große Laserzwand is a rock elevation which dominates everything in the Laserzkessel. Its west-facing wall provides top-notch free-climbing in the best, grey limestone rock, however its over-hanging faces which have a south-facing aspect on the western ravine are somewhat unmanageable. There are a few routes waiting for your first, definitely worthwhile ‘red’ classified hikes. All the tours can be climbed almost all year round and any persistent rainfall even dries up quickly.
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