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The ultimate climbing discipline

Alpine climbing

Big rock faces, bigger feelings, dizzying heights and breathtaking views…

Alpine climbing is climbing at its most extreme: To reach the top, climbers must navigate exposed sections, steep walls and precarious rocky outcroppings. This most ultimate of Alpine disciplines demands mountaineering skills, experience with the rope and climbing gear and a healthy dose of courage.

Summiting the  Zimba (2,643m) is a difficulty level III (UIAA) Alpine climb, which has fascinated Alpinists throughout the country for generations. Due to it’s unusual shape, it is often referred to as the “Matterhorn of the Rätikon.” The route starts from the Heinrich-Hueter-Hütte mountain hut at 1,766m and leads up to the Zimbajoch ridge (2,387m). From here it’s a straight climb over the west ridge to the summit cross. Those interested can book a tour with the Montafon mountain guides.
www.montafon.at

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The Zimba, the so-called "Matterhorn of the Rätikon," has fascinated Alpinists throughout the country for generations.

The northern dihedral section of the Kirchlispitzen peaks in the Rätikon mountain range, which features a breathtaking view of Lünersee lake (the jewel of the Rätikon), is one of the most beautiful Alpine climbing tours in all of Vorarlberg. Alpine climbers typically need approx. 1.5 hours to complete the seven pitches (270m) in solid limestone with difficulty IV+ UIAA.
www.montafon-bergfuehrer.at (German only)

The southeast pillar of the Hochmaderer in the Silvretta is a superlative Alpine climb. After an approx. 1.5 h ascent into the Maderer-Täli, anticipate an approx. 250m ice climb (difficulty level V UIAA). Meanwhile, a good selection of other alpine climbing tours can also be completed in the Hochmaderer area with difficulty levels ranging from V-VIII UIAA.
www.montafon-bergfuehrer.at (German only)

Culminating at the Roggalspitze (2,673m), the Roggalkante climb in the Lechquellengebirge range is considered an Alpine tour for true connoisseurs. Climbers ascending the northern edge complete a difficulty level V- UIAA wall and slab climb. The tour starts after a one-hour ascent from the trailhead at the Spullersee lake in the Zugertal valley (access via toll road).
www.bergaufbergab.com (German only)

Head to the east ridge of the Plattnitzer Jochspitze in the Lechquellengebirge range to enjoy a fantastic ridge climb boasting scenic views of the Spullersee lake. Due to exposed steep stretches, dihedral sections, and smooth slabs in the compact limestone rock, this variety rich climb is rated up to degree of difficulty IV (UIAA). To climb the 6 ridge pinnacles, 12 pitches (approx. 500m) must be ascended.
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For climbers at the Widderstein mountain looking for a challenge beyond the normal route (difficulty I UIAA), there is also the east ridge (difficulty III+ UIAA), the south ridge (difficulty IV UIAA) and the west wall (aka Walserführer, difficulty IV+). All routes are approx. 210 vertical metres.
www.alpinschule-schroecken.at (German only)

The Bergschule Kleinwalsertal mountaineering school offers a 2-day Alpine climbing course for beginners. Instruction covers mobile safety equipment, using a quickdraw device, climbing techniques, lead climbing training, correct rope use, rope and gear selection, tour planning, Alpine safety and much more.
www.bergschule.at

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The east ridge of the Zimba (2,643m) is one of the most rewarding climbs for connoisseurs in Vorarlberg.

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    • Zimba mit Heinrich Hueter-Hütte

      Klettertour Zimba Westgrat – Gipfelbesteigung im Rätikon

      Heinrich Hueter-Hütte - Zimbajoch - Zimba - gleicher Weg retour

      • 5,0 km

      • 05:30 h

      • schwer

      Klettertour Zimba Westgrat – Gipfelbesteigung im Rätikon
      Difficulty:schwer
      Distance:5,0 km
      Ascent:900 m
      Descent:900 m
      Duration:05:30 h
      Deepest point:1755 m
      Highest point:2634 m
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      Klettertour Zimba Westgrat – Gipfelbesteigung im Rätikon

      Heinrich Hueter-Hütte - Zimbajoch - Zimba - gleicher Weg retour

      Start of tour

      Heinrich Hueter-Hütte, Rellstal

      End of tour

      Heinrich Hueter-Hütte, Rellstal

      Description

      Eine echte Herausforderung im Rätikon ist die Besteigung der Zimba. Seit Generationen fasziniert der 2.643 Meter hohe Berg Alpinisten im ganzen Land. Gerne wird die Zimba aufgrund ihrer außergewöhnlichen Form auch als das Montafoner Matterhorn beschrieben. Zum Gipfel führt weder ein Wanderweg noch ein Klettersteig und es braucht schon Mut, Schwindelfreiheit und Kondition, um die anspruchsvolle Felstour im III. Schwierigkeitsgrad zu bewältigen.

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