This is one of the most difficult Klettersteig in Hochkönig and maybe the longest in Salzburg. The iron way was opened in 2001. It covers about 1700 meters of climbing (700 m on via ferratta, and another 1.000 metres hiking) at The Devil Horns, The Kummetstein High and ends on The head. It overcomes small and large spectacular gorges (Virgin jump, Devils Gorge and on the Flying Fox Sallerriss). On fine days, the panorama is unbeatable.
Márti walking on the edge
Kind of gentiana
From Salzburg in the north going south by train (timetable query, Austrian railways) or highway to Werfen. Mühlbach, Dienten and Hinterthal can be reached from Bischofshofen, the convenient center south of Werfen, over small and narrow streets. Some cards are available under the Matrashaus-Webpage.
Gee traversing a vietnamese bridge
Climbers just started the last section, the Hoher Kopf
Matrashaus as seen from the top of Hoher Kopf
Stormy clouds approaching from South
Evening lights above the remains of the gletscher between the Hoher Kopf and Hochkönig
Equipment to secure yourself on the cable (harness and klettersteig set). A helmet is an absolute must. Wear the right shoes with decent rigid sole.
At beginning of ferrata there is a sign warning the following: The route is not recommended for children and beginners. If you can't start climbing at least at 11 am, or the weather conditions are bad, better you should turn back.
Just started the way down from Birgkar
The "Flying Fox"
The "Flying Fox"
From the parking place Dientner Sattel (Lat/Lon: 47.391588°N / 13.048840°E, alt. 1342 m) following a dirt road you can reach the Erichhütte (Lat/Lon: 47.400499°N / 13.039634°E, alt. 1540 m) in apr. 20-25 minutes. At the Hütte you have to turn right on the marked trail No. 432. At the next junction of 432/437 turn left and not to far from here you will reach the crags. You are about the alt. of 1.700 metres and still have to climb some hundred of metres to the starting point of the via ferratta (on the whole from the parking place to the via ferratta takes about 2,5-3 hours). Here is the first emergency exit, you can turn back to the valley the way you hiked up (this is the easier solution), or to the righ there is another path, a litte bit more exposed. The second possibility to leave the ferrata is at the foot of Kummetstein (about halfway), at the second 1- part of the route.