Via ferrata safety tips
You don’t need much experience in climbing or mountaineering to complete a via ferrata, but you should have advanced hiking skills. Good equipment is also essential for climbing via ferrata, as is the proper technique, being considerate of other climbers and respecting the natural surroundings.
The uniform signposting of climbing routes in the Achensee region always provides a topo. Difficulty levels of the via ferratas in the Rofan and Karwendel mountains range from A (moderately difficult) to D (extremely difficult). Our interactive map maps.achensee.com features all climbing routes of the region.
- You should always put some thought into tour planning. Get the necessary route knowledge not just from topos, but also read guidebooks and maps. Ask your accommodation provider for local tips and insider knowledge.
- Examine the point weather forecast for the actual location of your climb and scan the hourly forecast. If thunderstorms are forecast, postpone your via ferrata adventure to another day! Lightning strikes can be fatal, and the steel cables make ideal lightning conductors.
- Get information on the via ferrata’s difficulty level and honestly assess your skills and climbing experience!
- Shoes with a good grip and a firm sole (approach shoes are most recommended), via ferrata harness, via ferrata set, helmet, leather gloves and rucksack: Use only full equipment sets that meet the appropriate standards! The steel cable diameters of the Achensee via ferrata are suitable for "Skylotec Rider 3" sets. Watch this video and learn how to find the proper equipment.
- Always keep enough distance to other climbers and communicate to each other, especially when overtaking someone or when meeting oncoming climbers. Watch out for rockfalls!
- Be responsible and leave no trace: A perfect climbing day also means being considerate of other via ferrata climbers and respecting the natural world. Click here to find out how.
- Watch this video and learn how to check your equipment
- If you are climbing with a partner, always double check each other to make sure your equipment is on properly. Find out how from this video: How to check your partner's equipment
- The proper via ferrata technique not only gives you more safety and confidence, it also increases efficiency. Shifting your weight and using your arms and legs correctly are essential techniques to conserve energy. Video: How to grip and climbing technique
- How to clip, unclip and reclip carabiners? How do you keep your rope from twisting? Watch the instructions in this video: How to clip, unclip and reclip
In case of an emergency
- Emergency numbers: 144 (ambulance), 140 (emergency number for alpine accidents in Austria), 112 (European emergency number)
- Emergency app „SOS EU Alp“: This app shares your GPS coordinates with local emergency response teams, reducing the time between alert and rescue considerably. The app is a valuable addition to the official alpine emergency number 140.
Beginners hold on tight to the steel cable and pull themselves up, which takes an enormous amount of strength and causes hand pain. It is important to move your body upwards by pushing with your legs. Use your arms only as a support and climb with straight arms.