Elevation: 616 ft
GPS: 48.1404, 16.3586
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Shared By: Pal Pocsi on May 31, 2010 · Updates
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Description

Stuff to drool over:
Austria (not Australia) is my candidate for sleeper limestone/granite climbing destination. The variety, proximity and quality of rock here astounds me every time I step outside. One day you can be high above Innsbruck, doing a loose alpine scramble with a thousand feet of air to either side, and the next you can be  crimping your way up absolutely stellar granite blocks in the Zillertal. And that says nothing about the Ceuse-esque limestone I have encountered here.
 
The boring stuff:
Austria is that landlocked country located in central Europe, south of Germany, east of Switzerland. The capital is Vienna. The Tirolean Alps grace the west side of Austria. Even when you are not in the Alps you can find incredible climbing in the rolling foothills and forests around Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna.

The official language is German and the currency used is the Euro.

Driving Note:

Austrian highways (Autobahn - street numbers starting with 'A') require a valid toll ticket. You can either buy the windshield sticker at border crossings or gas stations, or register your license plate online ( shop.asfinag.at/en/). Available durations are 10 days, 2 months and one year. If you buy it online, be aware that the toll ticket is only valid after 18 days due to customer protection laws. However, you can simply select to buy it as a 'company' at the checkout without any drawbacks (well, loosing the option to refund it within the 18 days) allowing you to bypass the 18 day restriction.  

Also there is a list of things that you must have your car. The police like to pull foreign vehicles over and check for these things, and the fine can be hefty if you don't have them.
Here's a list: rac.co.uk/drive/travel/coun…

Getting There

Austria is in the Schengen Agreement so traveling from another European Union country is quite easy. The roads are excellent. It depends on where you are going, but some major nearby airports are Vienna and Munich.

Once you have arrived, it is possible to get to some crags by bike/bus, but it will be easiest if you have a car. Obey the speed limits, as there are automatic cameras that will ping you and send you a nice note in the mail if you are caught going over. That being said, expect to be passed on the autobahn by cars going 50km faster than you.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Austria

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c X
 3
Grimming Südostgrat
Trad, Alpine
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 4
Juniperus
Sport 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Henkelgalerie
Sport 7 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Elfengarten
Sport 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Winnetouweg
Sport 11 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Nurses and Flowers
Sport 11 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Serengeti
Sport 8 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 3
Röhrlsalat
Sport 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Broken Soul
Sport 10 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Goldmuffel
Sport 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grimming Südostgrat Steiermark > Dachstein area > Grimming
 3
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c X Trad, Alpine
Juniperus Salzburg > Plombergstein
 4
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport 5 pitches
Henkelgalerie Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Kugelstein
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 7 pitches
Elfengarten Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Röthelstein
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 10 pitches
Winnetouweg Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Röthelstein
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 11 pitches
Nurses and Flowers Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Ratengrad
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 11 pitches
Serengeti Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Rote Wand
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 8 pitches
Röhrlsalat Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Rote Wand
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport 9 pitches
Broken Soul Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Röthelstein
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 10 pitches
Goldmuffel Steiermark > Grazer Bergland > Röthelstein
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 8 pitches
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