Aside from its many attractions, the Dachstein is famous for one thing above all: It is the “cradle of via ferratas”. Leading up to its 2996 m high summit is the “Randkluft”, the oldest fixed-cable climb in the Eastern Alps. In combination with the “Anna” and “Johann”, it represents the longest permanently secured rock climb in the Alps, spanning over 1200 vertical meters – a truly ambitious goal for anyone. However, fans of less challenging climbs won’t be disappointed either: In total, Schladming-Dachstein boasts 26 via ferratas with a full range of difficulty. At elevations from 1000 to almost 3000 m, they strengthen body, mind and soul. 22 of those ascents are located in the sunny climbing area of Ramsau am Dachstein. There, the three via ferratas in the Silberkarklamm are the most popular. Rewarded by spectacular scenery, you will make an airy ascent up the side of the gorge. The rope bridges in particular, which have been installed along the way, permit you to enjoy breathtaking views of the raging river below.
Beginners and rookie “rock jocks” have ample opportunities as well: The Sattelberg in Ramsau has established itself as an ideal opportunity for mountaineers wanting to get their first taste of fixed-cable climbing. On the three kid-friendly and three youth climbing routes in “Kalis Klettergarten”, rock climbing enjoyment is guaranteed. Sommercard holders can also participate once a week in a sampler rock-climbing tour.
The “via ferrata license” is a must for all would-be summiteers looking to explore via ferratas independently. In the course of this training, state-certified mountain guides teach you the essential basic techniques of fixed-cable climbing. Furthermore, participants pick up useful information about equipment, safety, tour planning and weather watching.