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2x2 sports via ferrata Bregenzerwald

Published by Stijn , 7 December 2016, 21h04.

Region: World » Austria » Außerhalb der Alpen » Vorarlberg » Bregenzerwald
Date of the hike:20 November 2016
Via ferrata grading: TD+
Geo-Tags: A 

Via Kapf, Via Kessi, Abendrot Klettersteig, Wälder Klettersteig. Two different locations, with each two parallel sports via ferratas, short but intensive with grades ranging from D to E (ca. K5- to K6- on the Hüsler scale). All four could be ticked off in a single day, but I did them on two different occasions.

Via Kessi and Via Kapf
(20/11/2016, topo, ca 1h30 each including walk-in and walk-out)

Via Kessi and Via Kapf are two parallel via ferratas on the Kapf north-west face, above the town of Götzis and overlooking the Rhine valley. When arriving by car, you can park at P. 1024 on the road to the Spallenhof. A narrow path (somewhat exposed and often somewhat slippery as well) traverses below the rock wall to the bottom of both routes. Both via ferratas have plenty of powerful vertical sections, but also some nice ledge-traverses. The crux for me was the start of the Via Kapf, which is also interesting because you could use the branches of a tree growing along the rock wall to climb up (untranslatably dubbed "Einstiegsfichte" by goppa). Otherwise both routes have a similar difficulty.

Abendrot and Wälder
(4/12/2016, topo, ca 1h each including walk-in and walk-out)

The Abendrot and Wälder via ferrata were opened in 2013 on a 100m tall vertical wall ("Widerschrofen") at the eastern edge of the village of Schnepfau. They run in parallel, with an easy link allowing you to get across to the other route in the middle of the wall (good for taking photos across to the other via ferrata!). Abendrot is the hardest route. The highest difficulty is no harder than on Via Kapf, but the Abendrot via ferrata is continuously demanding from start to finish, requiring both power and endurance. Being tall is an advantage as well. The Wälder via ferrata is a grade easier and has a more generous number of iron rungs in the rock. This was useful, because especially the first half of the Wälder route had a fair amount of ice on the wall, spicing things up. The temperature was -5°C according to the car... At least we didn't struggle with the heat like Jackthepot. :)

(We did all routes in ascent. If it's not too busy, you can also consider climbing up one route and down the other.)

Hike partners: Stijn

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