Projects

Completion: June 2016 

Project management: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Peter Vanzo

 

Via ferrata to the shoulder at Kleiner Ifinger above Meran. A total of six weeks of construction work for four mountain guides with helicopter support. The client was the Schenna Tourism Association.

The 500-metre-long ascent, which is optimally secured with 1000 metres of steel cable, has medium difficulty levels (A - B - B/C) and is therefore also suitable for the less experienced alpinist or for families with children who enjoy walking and climbing. An early departure, alpine experience and a good overall condition are a prerequisite for the ascent of the via ferrata. The orientation of the ascent to the southwest allows for an early climbing season start, which then extends well into late autumn. For the experienced mountaineer, the Heini-Holzer via ferrata will also be accessible during many winter months.

Heini-Holzer Via Ferrata

Ifinger – Sarntal Alps –  South Tyrol – Italy

Knott Via Ferrata

Unterstell –  Naturnser Sonnenberg – South Tyrol – Italy

Completion: September 2016

Planning, project management and construction and additional route June 2018: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Christjan Ladurner

 

Practice and family via ferrata with a total of five short routes as well as a large two-rope and a shorter single-rope bridge, two ladders and a metal climbing tree, the so-called vortex. A total of 600 meters of steel rope were installed. The total construction time was three weeks, with three specialists in action. (watch the video) Difficulty levels from B to D. The via ferrata is located in the immediate vicinity of the Unterstell cable car at the Naturnser Sonnenberg in South Tyrol, northern Italy. The client was the cable car Unterstell corporation.

The practice and family via ferrata at the Knott offers something for every taste: simple routes, challenging passages, exposed routes and technical sections, two wonderful rope bridges, a climbing tree - the so-called vortex - and two steep ladders. It is possible to practice and climb as much and as long as desired, at any time of the day, because the ascent and the descent are short. Newcomers to this sport have the opportunity to train for longer and more difficult routes. It is also suitable for families with children who would like to try their first via ferrata.

Stuller Wasserfall Via Ferrata

Passeiertal Valley – South Tyrol – Italy

Completion: Spring 2018

Project management: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Erwin Mairginter

A total of 500 meters of steel rope were installed. Difficulty levels A to E. Construction time was two months, with one mountain guide working without helicopter support. The client was the municipality of Moos..

The via ferrata "Stuller Waterfall" is a climb of moderate difficulty with a very demanding variant in the middle section, which can also be bypassed. The steep and exposed ascent runs in a breathtaking setting in the immediate vicinity of a roaring waterfall. The total height of the Stuller Waterfall, the third highest in Europe, is 342 meters. After about two-thirds of the way, it is possible to break away from the ascent and descend on a footpath either to Stuls or to Moos. The last section of the via ferrata can also be completed as an independent tour from Stuls with access via said footpath.

Securing the Hirzer notch

Hirzer – Sarntal Alps – South Tyrol – Italy

Completion July 2018

Planning and construction: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Christjan Ladurner

The descent from the Hirzer notch was for a long time the most challenging section of the long-distance hiking trail E5, and many hikers reached their limits in the rocky terrain. On behalf of the Schenna Tourist Association, 100 meters of steel cable were installed and the formerly difficult key point was completely defused. The section can now be easily accomplished by experienced hikers. Three specialists worked on the project for two days with helicopter support.

Triumvirate Via Ferrata

Tordrillo Mountains – Unnamed Peak – Alaska – USA

Completion: June 2019

Planning, project management and construction: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Paul Vidalin - Luke Griffith

Due to the logistics, the construction of this via ferrata has been the most complex to date. All material was imported from Europe, the bridge anchors were specially made in Europe. Triumvirate Via Ferrata is the first via ferrata in Alaska and probably the first via ferrata in North America to be built according to the new, binding EU standards of 2018 with tested material. The work was supervised, tested and approved by a US structural engineer. A total of 500 meters of steel rope were installed. There is also a short and a long rope bridge on the via ferrata. The via ferrata itself can only be reached by helicopter from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, which is 45 minutes  north of Anchorage by air. All material was transported by plane and helicopter to the construction site. The crew, comprised of three mountain guides and a qualified machinist, lived in a camp just below the small summit, and the work was completed in 16 days. The Triumvirate Via Ferrata is located in a secluded mountain area in a breathtaking setting; at the small summit, the climber is picked up by helicopter.

Ziel - Klettersteig 

Texel group, Gingglegg, South Tyrol, Italy.

Completion: September 2020 

Planning, project management and construction: Via Ferrata Experts 

Route designed by Josef Hilpold

The client was Texelbahn-AG, which operates a cable car from Partschins to Gigglberg. Construction took a total of 16 days, with up to four specialists on-site at some times.

On the via ferrata itself, which is divided into two sections, 500 meters of steel cable were installed. The lower part of the ascent, which leads up to the Zielbach very close to the Nasereit waterfall and has difficulties up to grade B, is also suitable for families with children who like to climb. The upper part of the via ferrata is often very steep and exposed. A good climbing technique and superior upper body strength are required. Difficulties up to grade C can be found here.

The Zielbach can be crossed using either a simple zip line or a rope bridge. There is another, longer zip line at the stream. This creates an interesting adventure course for families who prefer only to walk the easier part of the route. Special anchors were used when building the bridges, and an additional 400 meters of steel cable was installed.

In the upper, more challenging part of the via ferrata, two emergency exits have also been created, via which it is possible to easily exit the via ferrata and descend back to the Zielbach.

 

The delivery of the material, a total of 2 tons, was accomplished by helicopter. The logistics turned out to be relatively simple. The nearby Nasereit hut, where the team that carried out the construction was housed, is accessible by car. As always, the planning and application for all permits were carried out in close cooperation with the client. This project has exemplified how important good preparatory work is. The via ferrata is located in the Texel Group Nature Park and the South Tyrol Alpine Club pulled out all the stops after construction began to prevent the work from happening. Since all the necessary permits as well as a geological and technical report were available, the construction was completed successfully despite the unnecessary turmoil and subsequent media coverage.

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