The challenging via ferrata is suitable for outdoor enthusiasts who are ambitious in their sport and want to climb high. Alpine experience and endurance are prerequisites.
There is always the possibility to take the emergency exit along the climbing route. The panoramic climbing route is particularly suitable during the summer season, as there are ascents and descents that shorten the length of the tour considerably. The via ferrata itself takes some time to complete. A good climbing technique and endurance are required. After descending from the summit, there is a stop for refreshments right next to the downhill station of the Kapall.
Water bottle: drinking is important when doing sports, so pack a lot of water in it Warm clothes and a shirt to change: so that you can get out of your sweaty clothes at the summit and don't freeze when the weather changes. Rain protection: even if it doesn't look like rain, in the mountains you are often surprised by dark clouds. Sun protection: the power of the sun should never be underestimated, even if the temperatures are not very high. Flashlight or headlamp: you are not helpless in the dark if a hike takes longer than planned. Dextrose or provisions: Hunger or circulatory problems are not good companions, so it is better to pack a muesli bar or an apple. (charged) mobile phone: in an emergency you must be able to call for help, so make sure that your battery is full Due to the length of the via ferrata it is recommended to use climbing gloves to avoid blisters and abrasions.
Presented by: Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH, Author: Hannes Heigenhauser
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Good shoes (ankle-high, profiled sole), climbing equipment, helmet, climbing harness, rucksack with provisions, drinks, rain cover
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From St. Anton you take the Galzigbahn, which is located directly in the town centre. From here you continue with the Vallugabahn 1, which takes you to the starting point of your hike. Follow the hiking trail downwards in an easterly direction. This leads you past the Valfagehrjoch until you reach the starting point of the via ferrata. Here you put on your climbing equipment and follow the steel rope eastwards until you reach the Weißschrofenspitze, which is 2752 m above sea level. Do not remove your harness yet, as the descent also requires climbing equipment. Follow the steel rope downhill until you reach the hiking trail. From here you walk along the hiking trail until you reach the top station of the Kapallbahn. At the valley station there is a stop for refreshments, as well as the mountain station of the Gampenbahn, which takes you back to the valley.
Start Uphill Station of Valluga 1
Geogr. 47.15486 N 10.21319 E
Destination Uphill station Kapall
Getting to St. Anton by train:
Take the train to St. Anton am Arlberg. There is a railway station right in the village.
Driving to Lech:
From Germany: Take the A 96 to Bregenz from there on the A14 to Bludenz, continue on the S16 to the Lech Zürs am Arlberg exit. Follow the B197 to Alpe Rauz (junction: Lech Zürs OR St. Anton), turn left here onto the B198. Through the Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass you reach Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
From Switzerland: Via the A13 and the Feldkirch, Hohenems or Lustenau border crossing onto the A14 as far as Bludenz. Continue on the S16 until the exit Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Follow the B197 to Alpe Rauz (junction: Lech Zürs OR St. Anton), turn left here onto the B198. Through the Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass you reach Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
From Austria: Take the Inntal motorway A12 and then the S16 to the St. Anton am Arlberg exit (Arlbergpass). Follow the B197 first through St. Anton, then through St. Christoph and over the Arlberg Pass to Alpe Rauz (junction: Lech Zürs OR St. Anton). Turn right here onto the B198. Through the Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass you reach Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
Parking in St. Anton:
You can either park your car directly at your host and take the Postbus down to St. Anton, or you can park your car at the car park next to the Galzig valley station in St. Anton.