It is not as difficult as the Reinhard-Schiestl Via Ferrata, but you still need power and Alpine experience; you also need to be sure-footed. Not as exposed as the other trail, 160 m in altitude gain have to be conquered along the Lehner waterfall. Many rungs and steps facilitate the ascent. In the middle of the Via Ferrata you enjoy a fantastic view of the waterfall and the valley. A 30°-overhang is the highlight of this route. If you dare not make this final part you can sidestep it without difficulty to get to the exit at 1,450 m.
Trail length and time required
160 m of altitude gain; 250 m of rope length; 1.5 - 2 hours.
SAFETY ON THE VIA FERRATA
The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:
Destination should correspond to personal abilities
Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
Vertical, grade -C access wall, with easier, intermittent sections; past two short grade - B scarps to the vantage corner; ascending grade - B /D traverse; steeper face to the grade - D overhang (sidestepping possible); across a grade - B ledge and a steep grade - B face at the end.
follow the signs right of the exit and return on the steep trail leading back to Lehn.
Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at
Längenfeld is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps
Passing Umhausen you follow the Ötztaler Bundesstraße to Längenfeld's district Au. At kilometre 19,4 turn right towards Winklen. Follow the course of the road to Unterried. From the parking lot you reach the access point of the via ferrata in 15 min.
There is a parking lot behind the local heritage museum.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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