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Via Ferrata recommended route

Ferrata Haiming-Geierwand

Via Ferrata · Oetztal · open
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m 670 665 660 655 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 km
Distance 1.1 km
3:00 h
400 m
5 m
Intermediate via ferrata tour in a limestone rock wall, featuring a height of about 400 meters. Most parts of the tour are grade B but you shouldn't underrate the height and the time required as you need about 2.5 hours for the ascent. Bring enough to drink especially on warm days! There is a mini and a midi variant with several exit points, therefore this via ferrata route is also suitable for skilled beginners. There is no other emergency exit! A small rope suspension bridge, "Innschwebe", and the uninterrupted panoramic view of the lnntal Valley promise rewarding moments. Due to the very sunny location this route is accessible almost all year round.


Trail length / Time required

Almost 400 meters of altitude gain on a total rope length of about 800 meters. Ascent 2.5 hours, descent 0.5 hour.

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Update: April 20, 2021
B/C moderate
Highest point
672 m
Lowest point
659 m
Wall height
400 m
Climbing length
800 m, 2:30 h
0:30 h

Safety information


The Austrian Alpine Club has published 10 recommendations for climbing on via ferratas in order to increase safety:


  1. Plan carefully
  2. Destination should correspond to personal abilities
  3. Use complete set of professional climbing equipment
  4. Don’t access the route in the event of a thunderstorm
  5. Check wire rope and anchors accurately and critically
  6. Partner check at the access point
  7. Maintain sufficient distance
  8. Talk clearly when overtaking someone
  9. Watch out for falling rocks
  10. Respect nature and environment


Tips and hints

More details about climbing in Ötztal:





Haiming (662 m)



Turn-by-turn directions

Grade B access (only via ledges, parallel), the narrow Gamsband features one B/C section, after reaching the "Innschwebe" rope bridge you also find some grade C steps. The last part is a bit easier – apart from the height – and graded A/B and A.



At the end of the route you take the slightly descending, signposted trail on the right (east) – which becomes much steeper after a while. Continue down to the access point of the Simmering climbing garden. Back to the car park on the Apple Road.


all notes on protected areas

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

Haiming is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in the Inn valley. 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


Haiming/Magerbach. Follow the Apple Road towards Silz, cross the bridge over the autobahn on the left after about 3 minutes, then walk towards the climbing access point. Slightly rising trail to Geierwand rock wall.  


Parking area behind Rafting Alm and rafting exit point



Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Equipment: helmet, climbing harness and complete via ferrata climbing set, via ferrata gloves, appropriate climbing shoes, enough to drink!

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Climbing garden Haiming
  • Climbing garden Simmering
  • Climbing garden Amberg
  • Climbing garden Brunau/Oetz
  • Climbing garden Rammelstein
  • Climbing garden Oetz
  • Climbing garden Ritzlerhof
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B/C moderate
1.1 km
3:00 h
400 m
5 m


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