Long and strenous via ferrata
The Johann Klettersteig is an especially interesting and diverse, though long and very difficult via ferrata. The beginning of the via ferrata is a key section, forcing many a climber to turn back, though the rest of the route is very manageable. This via ferrata requires very good physical condition! A 700 m steel cable and more than 250 pegs accompany you up this difficult rockface.
The physical demands should not be underestimated, compounded by alevations over 2000 m above sea level. Especially in the middle section, there is a danger of rockslides! The via ferrata ends directly behind the Seethalerhütte on the Dachsteinwarte. This via ferrata is not suitable for childern or inexpirienced climbers.
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. Drive through the Ramsau Village and then turn left to Dachstein toll road. Continue up to the parking place Türlwand Hütte.
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. Drive through the Ramsau Village and then turn left to Dachstein toll road. Continue up to the parking place Türlwand Hütte.
From the valley station of the Dacshtein cable car on the clearly marked hiking path leading to the Dachstein Südwandhütte. From there, drop briefly down towards the Tor, then branch off at the sign marked "Johann Klettersteig". A distinct trail leads to the first safety features of the via ferrata, which often lies beneath the snow. Another option: Make your way up via the Anna Klettersteig.
From the Seethalerhütte, a path takes you southeast across the Hallstatt glacier to the topstation of the Dachstein cable car. If you happen to miss the last lift, hike down via the Hunerschartensteig (ca. 2 h).
A special challenge for all "climbing enthusiasts" is the full-day tour via the 3 via ferratas "Anna", "Johann" and the so called "shoulder climb" up to the summit of the Dachstein (2996 m). With about 1200 vm and about 10 h ascent, this variant is one of the most beautiful, powerful and outstanding via ferrata tours in the world. (Super Ferrata)
Schedule of the Ramsau transportaition (Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe)
Parking lot at the bottom station of the Dachstein glacier cable car
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