Rating the Route (by Hiking Standards)0. General:
From 960m to 2236m. Easy to medium hard ferrata, below and above walk-up by a marked path. Exposition north. Gear: good shoes, sticks (for return), ferrata equipment if you feel unsecure.
1276m, 3h 30min.
3 - medium (on the beginning), otherwise walk-up.
3 - medium.
1 - no difficulties.
Stol from the north - ferrata follows the ridge, which falls from the summit towards left down to the screes.
The ferrata was built in 1966/67. In 2000 it was extended in the lower part, so that today the route goes all the time by the North Rib (before an unpleasant path detoured the lowest rocks). Today the lowest part represents the crux, and the ferrata gained with extension on attractiveness. A landslide on June 17th demolished some 50 meters of the ferrata, but it was soon repaired and already in July 2010 opened again.
The ascent starts in Medji dol / Baerental. See the main page how to get there. From the end parking place you continue by the broad path to Celovska koca / Klagenfurter Huette. After 1h 30min you reach the place on the bottom of big screes, where our ascent starts on the altitude of some 1400m.
If you come down from Celovska koca / Klagenfurter Huette, you descend some 200m. When reaching the bottom of big screes, the first signpost tells you that the old path is abandoned, so you descend a few more meters to the secon crossroads.
The north face ferrata has No. 664.
A map of Stol/Hochstuhl and its routes. Ferrata is #8
You first ascend broad screes below the north face of Stol. The entry on ferrata is on the right (W) side of the rib.
Firs meters of the ferrata are almost vertical, but as steel ropes and pegs are in a perfect condition, we should have no problem. Then we cross towards left a steep wall, above which the route becomes more and more easy. It follows all the time a distinct ridge, so also the danger of falling stones is not a big one. Soon we pass the place, where the old ascent came up (from the left) and continue by the ridge in a nice, panoramic climb.
In the upper part the route goes a bit towards left, through a more crunchy terrain ascends the summit roof, soon later the W main ridge and the highest point. Take care on the summit rocks, as they may be loose (that's why also the summit cross is not on the highest point).
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