Ice climbing in Tyrol - The Kitzgartenschlucht

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    Ice climbing in Tyrol - The Kitzgartenschlucht

    The Kitzgartenschlucht in the Pitztal offers some varied icefalls for climbing in winter. To get to the ravine, take the exit to Imst on the A12, at the roundabout in the direction of Pitztal to the district of Wiese (municipality of St. Leonhard). Here you can park at the Gasthaus "Wiese", or you can come by bus. Once there, walk between the log cabin and a garage, over a wooden bridge (over the river Pitze), then left into the valley through the forest to the gorge. The path along the gorge is also made in winter, as it is also a winter hiking trail. We are pleased, because the gorge is one of the most versatile ice climbing gardens in Tyrol!

    Arriving at the wall, four waterfalls are ready for climbing in good conditions. The difficulties go from WI 3-5 and the icefall height goes up to 50m. Even beginners will find here some suitable climbing routes. However, it must be noted that the level of difficulty for ice and mixed routes depends on the ice conditions. In addition, a route that has been climbed several times before can be up to two degrees easier. Even in bad weather can be climbed well in this gorge.

    Personally, I liked the horizontal distribution to four different icefalls very well, as it is more varied and less climbers have to scramble dangerously next to each other in one case! Nevertheless, one should, if routes are climbed directly next to each other, prefer to wait a bit, so as not to get as much icing from Nachbarkletterer. Since the Kitzgarten is only 1250m, the ice can thaw quickly and you should look exactly where you climbed and positioned as a backup. After a lot of ice and snow we finally went to the Gasthof Wiese. 

    You can find the topo of the icefalls here.



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