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Via Ferrata Randkluft and Schulter

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The Schulter climb followed by the Randkluft path up to the top of Hoher Dachstein is probably one of the world's highest Via Ferratas. The short time it takes to get to the entrance, thanks to the Dachstein Gondola, makes this one particularly attractive. However, do not underestimate it as you are on still in high-alpine terrain.

For the approach via the Schulter: the rope in the upper part of the Via Ferrata is partially covered in snow. Crampons and ice axe highly recommended! 

For the Randkluft approach (descent): Glacier Equipment required! (beware of crevasses) 

 

In 1840, Friedrich Simony, also known as the „Dachstein-Professor“, hiked from Vienna to the Hoher Gjaidstein, via the Salzkammergut. From up there, he admired the Hallstatt glacier and the Dachstein. On September 8, 1842, he reached the Dachstein summit for the very first time. Simony considered climbing its rock walls to be “quite hideous”.

Without further ado, Simony wrote: “May a friend of the alpine regions and of considerable wealth be found and sacrifice a small sum to make it accessible.” With this letter, he began to collect money from his sponsors and the wealthy Bad Ischl spa guests. With 260 Gulden, his personal guide Wallner worked in iron pegs, stemples and handrails, he carved footholds and added 80 fathom long, thick rope as climbing aid. On August 27, 1843, the first Via Ferrata of the Alps was accomplished.

On September 16, 1843, Friedrich Simony scaled the Dachstein via this Via Ferrata and stayed overnight on the mountaintop.

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The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
2,8 km
Route
5:00 h
Duration
442 hm
Ascent
135 hm
Descent
2987 m
Highest point
2619 m
Lowest point

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Arriving from the west:
From the west you can take the Munich-Salzburg motorway, continuing on the Tauern motorway (A 10) until the Ennstal junction. From here take the Ennstal A-road (the B 320) for around 30 km into the Schladming-Dachstein region, then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.

Arriving from the north:
From the south-east take the Pyhrnautobahn motorway (A 9) to the Liezen junction and then the Ennstal A-road (B 320) into the Schladming-Dachstein region. Then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.

Access: from the top of the Dachstein Gondola hike towards the Seethalerhütte, as the starting point for the ‘Schulter‘ is closeby. To get to the Randkluft route, scramble for 30 minutes beneath the rock walls.

Descent: the shortest descent is the route via the Randkluft. From there, hike across the glacier to the gondola top station, or take the Hunerscharte Via Ferrata to hike back down to the valley.

 

 

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Parking lot at the bottom station of the Dachstein glacier

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What the weather will be like

Ramsau am Dachstein (1137m)

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Light snowfall ending in the morning, then increasingly sunny during the day.
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