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Klettern an den Spullerplatten (c) Hanno Mackowitz / Lech Zürs Tourismus
Fun on the rocks

Climbing Gardens

Sport climbing - challenging your mind, body and willpower!

There are about 33 official climbing gardens in the regions Bregenzerwald, Montafon, Bodensee-Vorarlberg, Kleinwalsertal, Lech Zürs am Arlberg and Alpenregion Vorarlberg with numerous routes in all difficulties. Here is a selection:

  • In the Brandnertal, there is a climbing garden at the valley terminal of the Lünerseebahn in Brand (levels IV – VI+) and in Bürs (levels V – X+).
    Climbing in Brandnertal
  • In Dalaas in the Klostertal, the two most frequented climbing routes are “Schröfle“ (levels II – VI+) and “Radona“ (levels IV – VIII+). The climbing park “Marmotta-Wand“ (levels II-IV+) below Freiburger Hütte is suited for families. Furthermore, there is a beautiful climbing garden “Spullerplatten” at the lake “Spullersee” near the AV Mountain Hut “Ravensburgerhütte”, which is also suited for beginners.
    Climbing in Klostertal
  •  In the Grosses Walsertal Biosphere Reserve, the climbing garden at Wandfluh has practice crags with routes of varying difficulty. (German only)
  • In the various climbing gardens in the Montafon, you can perfectly prepare for your tour or learn and perfect new safety techniques. Thanks to varying degrees of difficulty and a multitude of routes, every climber gets their money’s worth here.
    In Montafon, the Rifa climbing park is particularly recommendable: on site are 30 well-secured climbing routes, a practice climbing route and possibility to practice abseiling. Access to the rocks is no more than three minutes away. Plus those belaying below can stand barefoot in the meadow! Rounding off the experience is a log cabin that offers shelter as well as BBQ facilities for afterwards.
    The Latschau climbing park is ideal for beginners: here there are routes with difficulties III-VI and you can exit at any time. The climbing park is only a few minutes’ walk from the Latschau reservoir.
  • In Lech am Arlberg there is a newly built climbing park at Rüfikopf at approximately 2300m is ideal for learning climbing.
  • Beginners or expert, young ode rnot so young: the Bregenzerwald’s Climbing and rope courses offer the perfect training ground
    Climbing in the Bregenzerwald

Climbing gardens are only suitable for experienced climbers. Beginners are recommended to take a climbing course to learn the necessary basic techniques, the correct use of safety equipment, correct belaying and abseiling. Various taster and introductory courses can be found under climbing offers in Vorarlberg. In addition, the state-authorised sport climbing instructors of Bergpartner Vorarlberg are available to you at any time.

Klettern im Klettergarten Rifa im Montafon (c) Montafon Tourismus GmbH
Klettern im Klettergarten Rifa im Montafon (c) Montafon Tourismus GmbH

Sport climbing in the climbing garden "Rifa", Montafon

Beginners learn step-by-step climbing and belaying techniques as well as independent abseiling during a day climbing course on the rock in various mountaineering schools.

Climbing and bouldering halls are very popular as training facilities or as an alternative during poor weather.

Austrian Alpine Association Recommendations:

  • Make sure you are familiar with your equipment: Only use standardized mountain sports equipment (CE symbol) and read the operating instructions carefully.
  • Warm up in advance: exercises and a warm up prior to climbing protects the joints, muscles and tendons.
  • Partner check before every start: double-check your knots, harness buckles, belay system and rope-end.
  • Pay full attention while belaying: your partner’s life lies literally in your hands.
  • Let your partner know what is going on: communication prevents misunderstandings, let your belayer know before you put your weight in the rope.
  • Never use rope on rope: always use metal karabiners for rappelling. Never use two ropes in one karabiner / top rope link plate.
  • Protect your head: a helmet prevents head injuries in case of rock fall, or if you fall.
  • Act respectfully: respect other climbers and inform them of mistakes and dangers. Adhere to any climbing restrictions that may be in place.

(Source: Österreichischer Alpenverein)

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