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Fürenwand (via ferrata)

 
Fürenwand (via ferrata)

Page Type: Route

Location: Obwalden, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.80000°N / 8.45847°E

Object Title: Fürenwand (via ferrata)

Route Type: Via Ferrata

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 4

Difficulty: K4

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Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2013 / Sep 17, 2013

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Overview

 
Titlis southface
 
 
Quergang @ Fürenwand
 

Fürenwand is a nice via ferrata in the grade K4 (scale from 1=easy to 5=very difficult) that rises 760 meters (climbing altitude) to the south of Engelberg in the Urner Alps (according to SOIUSA an undersection of the Bernese Alps).

There are some overhanging ladders, the last ladder before the exit of the route is long, overhanging and very airy.

The face is vertical and very steep. It is divided by a gras-band (the so called Jägerband) located at two thirds of total altitude gain.

The route offers great views to the surrounding mountains (Titlis, Gross + Chli Spannort, Schloßberg) and into the Engelberg valley.

Total time is between 2 and 4 hours depending on personal fitness, traffic in the route or the speed one wants to go for.

A cablecar can be used returning down.

Getting There

 
Engelberg
 
  
Fürenwand
 

Base is the town of Engelberg, that can be reached by car or railway.

Route Description

  
Fürenwand overview
 

Until now the very steep, high Fürenwand was a technically very difficult climb. The steep, exposed via ferrata now offers an entirely new vertical experience. A route that has become a classic. Not for beginners.

Departure Point

Valley station of Fürenalp cableway.

Trailhead

Starting at the valley station of the Fürenalp cableway follow the road in the direction of Herrenrüti. At approx. 1,140 m a signpost points left (Klettersteig-Fürenwand); continue on the blue-white-blue marked trail. The trail markings lead you on a zigzag route to the trailhead at the foot of the mighty Fürenhochflue (1,240 m sign). Following a cable, the climb leads to the right under a steep cleft. More steep climbs over smooth ridges provide the high, as the view downwards becomes more and more majestic and the hikers on the Herrenrüti appear smaller and smaller. After the first rock face (250m high), you arrive at a grassy hunters' ledge. Following the cables, you get a majestic view of the upper part of the rock wall. At the end of the hunters' ledge iron footholds lead you back to the rock face. Exiting the Fürenwand requires some effort! Trail markers lead you via Hundschuft meadow (1,840 m) to the Fürenalp mountain restaurant.

Descent

Via Fürenalp cable car. Various marked hiking paths take you via Äbnet (cable car), Stäuber-Stäfeli-Alpenrösli or via Dagenstal back to the valley station of the Fürenalp cableway.

Overnight accommodation

Fürenalp mountain restaurant 1,840 m, Tel. +41 41 637 39 49

Season

End of May to mid-October.

Waypoints

Please see the following link for GPS waypoints: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=aibfldufiwjetwrd&referrer=trackList 

 
Fürenwand via ferrata
 

Essential Gear

 
Fürenwand via ferrata
 
A set for climbing via ferrata plus helmet.

Weather forecast

 
In the headwall @ Fürenwand
 
http://wetterstationen.meteomedia.de/station=066550&wahl=vorhersage

Additional external Links

http://www.myswitzerland.com/de-de/fuerenwand-die-meisterpruefung-gegenueber-dem-titlis.html (Information is multilanguage)

http://www.fuerenalp.ch/klettersteig (Information in German and English)

http://www.fuerenalp.ch/ (Information in German and English)

http://www.fuerenalp.ch/assets/Dateien/Files/PDF/Engelberg_Fuerenalp_Klettersteig.pdf (only in German)

http://www.engelberg.ch/aktivitaeten/sommer/klettersteige/fuerenwand/ (Information in German and English)

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