Via ferrata Piding / Pidinger Klettersteig

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Route
Location:
Berchtesgadener Land, Germany, Europe
Route Type:
Via Ferrata
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Most of a day
Difficulty:
D (Kurt Schall A->E)

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Via ferrata Piding / Pidinger Klettersteig
Created On: Oct 12, 2006
Last Edited On: Oct 13, 2006

Overview

Via ferrata Piding is a long and strenuous iron route in the southeast of Bavaria Germany. It is in the Province "Berchtesgandener Land". The route goes through the north-face of the Hochstaufen (1.771m) and leads to tis summit. Via ferrata Piding is the hardest iron route of Germany. It was built in 2003 by the local community. They need over 1500 hours to fix the rope in the north-face. The route is due to the lenghts not proper for kids. It has a difficulty D (Kurt Schall A->E). The route has a high of 750 meters and a lenghts of 1300 meters. You need a good condition to do this route even if there is a emergency exit in the route. Bad Reichenhaller-hut is located on the top of Hochstaufen.

You can see here a topo and a good overview image of the via ferrata Piding. (bergsteigen.at - another very good austrian mountaineering-page)

HochstaufenHochstaufen North Face - Via ferrata Piding


Times:
From Piding to the start of the route: 60-90 minutes
Via ferrata Piding: 3-4 hours and more
Descent to Piding: 2,5 hours


The Route is structured in 3 Sections:

1st Section: A steep wall (C) at the beginning and after it follow some passages in a gully (A nd B). After the gully follows a traverse to the west. At the end of the traverse is a emergency exit, where you can leave the route to the normal route and descent.

2nd Section: The route continues with a steep wall after the traverse and the junction with the emergency exit. After this steep pillar follows a traverse to the East where the last section and the summit-wall begins.

3rd Section: Now comes the strenuous part, not because of the difficulty but rather because of the wasted condition. The summit wall is steep and has some chimneys. The exit of the route leads directly to the summit of Hochstaufen. From the exit you can see the summit cross. The Reichenhaller-hut is not visible left of the summit.

Getting There

Hochstaufen from SpaceView from Space - enlarge for details


From Munich or Salzburg on german highway A8 to the exit "Bad Reichenhall / Piding". Continue to the direction of Aufham. After Urwies and a sawmill turn left in the forest. After a few meters you reach a parking.

1st Section

 
The beginning of Via ferrata Piding
 
In the first section
 
Emergency Exit

2nd Section

 
Section #2
 
The chimney
 
Section #2

3rd Section

 
Climbers at the start of section #3
 
The summit wall
 
Chimney in section #3

On the summit

 
The exit of the via ferrata
 
The summit
 
Two happy climbers

Books and Co.

BOOKS - Jentzsch-Rabl, Jentzsch, Wissekal - Extreme Klettersteige in den Ostalpen (Book of the hardest via ferratas of the Eastern Alps.) - Hüsler - Hüslers Klettersteigatlas Alpen (The standard-book of via-ferratas in the Alps.) MAPS: Kompass WK 14 Berchtesgadener Land-Chiemgauer Alpen - 1:50.000 - ISBN: 3-85491-017-7







Via ferrata Piding / Pidinger Klettersteig

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Geography

Routes in Germany

Parents

Berchtesgaden AlpsRoutes
 
HochstaufenRoutes