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Endless paths lead across snow-covered meadows and forests. Crunching snow under your feet. Glittering snow crystals accompany you along the trail. Freedom for body and mind. More than 50 km of cleared winter walking trails are waiting for passionate nature fans. Romantic snowshoe hiking creates memories which will stay with you forever. Picture-book winter landscapes in the surroundings of Umhausen-Niederthai. Improve your fitness on wonderful snowshoe walks and enjoy unspoilt nature at the same time.

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Climbing garden Ritzlerhof

Via Ferrata · Oetztal
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Immediately behind Hotel Ritzlerhof you reach the climbing area with 5 easy routes which are well-secured and ideal for families and beginners.

 

ROUTE GRADING

General Route Grading: +++

Route length: 10 - 20 meters 

Difficulty / number of routes: 4 - 5, 4 routes

Route Type: single-pitch route

Felsstruktur/-qualität: Rough granite eith ledges and slacks / mostly very good

Safety: +++

Altitude: 850 meters

Best seasons: spring and fall

Facing: north

To the rocks: 2 minutes 

Parking: +++ hotel car park

Family-friendly: ++++

Beginner-friendly: ++++

 

 

 

 

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Safety information

CLIMBING RULES

Useful advice and a few tips to make climbing easier and safer:

 

  1. Get familiar with the equipment: use only standardized mountain sports equipment (CE sign) & study instructions for use accurately
  2. Partner check before starting: double-check your knots, harness buckle, belay system, karabiners, snaplinks and the end of the rope
  3. Let your climbing partner know what's going on: communication prevents misunderstandings, let your belayer know when he has to take your weight on the rope
  4. Act respectfully: respect other climbers and inform them of mistakes and dangers; always respect areas where climbing is not allowed
  5. Protect your head
  6. No rope on rope contact
  7. Warm up before you start climbing: gymnastics and warm-up climbing protects your joints, muscles and tendons
  8. Full attention while belaying: the life of your climbing partner is in your hands
  9. It is strictly forbidden to fix new climbing hooks

 

FIRST AID

No matter if you enjoy sports climbing or a via ferrata tour, you should always take a first aid kit and a cell phone with a full battery with you!

 

Emergency call

140 – Mountain Rescue – Alpine Emergency Call

112 – European Emergency Call (works with any mobile phone & in any network available)

 

No signal?

Without a radio network signal or in a dead spot no emergency call is possible. Change to a better location and dial 112 regularly. European Emergency Call: Access to any network available if you switch on your mobile phone and dial 112 instead of the PIN code or if you use the SOS Emergency Call feature.

 

Accident reporting

  • Who reports/callback number?
  • Where exactly is the accident site?
  • What happened?
  • How many injured persons?
  • Weather conditions at the accident site?

 

Tirol Mountain Rescue Emergency App

Smartphone users can install the new emergency call app of “Bergrettung Tirol”. It helps to place an emergency call and transmits your own location data at the same time.

HERE you can download the app for iOS devices

HERE you download it for Android smartphones

Equipment

normal climbing equipment required

Tips, hints and links

More details about climbing in Ötztal:

https://www.oetztal.com/klettern

 

Internet tip: Climbers Paradise

The Climbers Paradise internet platform not only informs about the huge range of climbing possibilities in Ötztal but also acts as a hazard detection center strongly focusing on safety in climbing sports. Also available as an app for iPhones and Android smartphones.

www.climbers-paradise.com

 

CLIMBING GUIDES

The new "Sport climbing - via ferrata - ice climbing - Holiday Regions of Imst, Pitztal and Ötztal" climbing guide contains the most up to date topographic details of countless climbing areas within the holiday regions of Imst, Pitztal and Ötztal.

The climbing guidebook features all areas incl. route lists, route statistics, area descriptions, toolbars, topographic details, directions and photos. Plus quotes and descriptions by local experts and climbers, talking about their favorite rock climbing areas.

This ring file is particularly handy as it can be completely opened and folded. Many outstanding climbing and landscape pictures promise a perfect impression of the respective rocks, via ferrata routes and ice falls. In short: A modern climbing guide that leaves nothing to be desired and makes you yearning for a climbing adventure in the holiday regions of Imst, Pitztal and Ötztal.

Climbing guide content:

  • 1 Area overview map
  • 3 Overview sketches of rock climbing area
  • 2 Overview sketches of ice climbing area
  • 44 How to get to the rock climbing areas or via ferratas
  • 85 How to get to the ice climbing areas
  • 124 Topographic details of rock climbing areas or via ferratas
  • 380 Pictures

Authors: Günter Durner, Gerhard Gstettner

Pages: 306 Format: 22 x 18 cm, ring file (half covered) in landscape format

ISBN: 978-3-946613-00-8

Price: € 25.60

The climbing guide is available at all Ötztal Tourismus information offices. You can order it also by phone on +43 (0) 57200 or via e-mail: info@oetztal.com

 

Start

Ritzlerhof Sautens (897 m)
Coordinates:
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47.201231, 10.871991
UTM
32T 641782 5229226

Destination

Ritzlerhof Sautens

Turn-by-turn directions

2 minutes behind the hotel is the small family-friendly climbing garden.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Sautens is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Along the B171 federal road into the Ötztal valley, turn right towards Sautens after 3 km; cross the bridge and continue on Dorfstrasse until you reach Gasthof Post, then turn right to "Haderelehn"; turn left at the church and follow the Hotel Ritzlerhof signposts.

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Sautens:
  • directly in front of the town hall - for free of charge
  • right after the big bridge right on the big gravel parking lot - for free
  • at the sports field / cross chapel / experience Kalkofen as - for free
  • in front of the elementary school / kindergarten, Kirchblickweg - for free
  • parking area at Hotel Ritzlerhof (parking is allowed)

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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