Karwendel - Halltal - Absam

Climbing in the Halltal Valley


Climbers of the very highest ability will confirm that the Hall-Wattens region is a veritable haven for mountaineers.

Heinz Zak, the Tyrol's exhibition climber, loves the mountain areas: The Tyrol-based extreme mountaineer cannot contain his enthusiasm: "What is so remarkable about the Karwendel is the Halleranger area. It's a crazy, almost primeval area. Hanging off the north wall is a very special experience, as is inhaling the fragrant mountain pastures and hearing the sound of cow-bells."

This does not sound like your "typical" climbing experience. This is something very special.

The rocks are good, most of the tours are secured, and in those sections without anchor holes it's easy to get roped in. The classic routes are in the difficulty category 6, but there a few easier ones in the 4 or 5 region.

If you fancy tackling some extreme mountaineering, you could try some of Zak's routes at level 8 or 9.

There are no fewer than seven rock climbing centres in that part of the Karwendel mountains, all within the Hall-Wattens region.

Hall valley climbing summary and plans of the seven rock climbing centres and routes:

Climbing in the Halltal Valley and on the Halleranger area in the Karwendel mountains

The Halltal Valley, a deep ten-kilometre valley, runs from the Inntal Valley into the Karwendel mountains. This romantic gem high above Hall and Absam is deeply entrenched between the Bettelwurf massif and the green ridge of the Zunterköpfe. The first mountaineers did not arrive in the Halltal Valley until centuries after the miners. Mountaineers arrived here in the second half of the 19th century. Their passion for climbing led them to conquer the peaks and ridges, construct climbing systems and build mountain shelters.

Famous names played a key role in the history of the Karwendel mountains. In 1860, great mountaineers and climbers led the development of the range: Hermann von Barth, Otto Ampferer, Hammer, Pock, Wechner, Melzer, Spötl, Gsaller, Dibona, Herzog, Rizzi, and Spindler.
After the Second World War, the area’s history continued to be written by other greats including Hias Rebitsch, Kuno Rainer, Wastl Mariner, Frenademetz, Hermann Buhl, Erich Kienpointner, Karl Gombocz, Vigl, and Klier. The next generation included Felix Kuen, Werner Haim, Walter Spitzenstätter, Oppurg, Hannes Gasser, Otti Widman, and Kurt Schoiswohl. Hall and Absam have produced some great climbers: Ernst Knapp, Walter Larcher, Erich Kienpointner, Karl Gombocz, Luis Vigl, Fritz and Karl Anker.

Climbing is regarded as one of the old Tyrolean sports and has a long heritage in the Hall region. Early climbing routes were opened in the nearby Karwendel mountains, which has been popular with climbers ever since. The Hall Alpine Association (Alpenverein Hall) operates a real paradise for climbers in the Halltal Valley, with seven rock climbing centres and routes located close to the entrance to Karwendel Alpine Park. Hall-Wattens is fast being rediscovered as a prime climbing region. Tyrolean extreme climbers rave about the climbing areas in the vicinity of the Inntal Valley. The Halltal Valley and area around the Halleranger, primeval areas with an especially adventurous feel, are particularly well suited to hanging off a north face high above the fragrant Alpine meadows. The rocks are good and the tours are largely secured. The classic routes generally have a difficulty rating of 6, but there are a few easier routes in the 4 to 5 range. Anyone who fancies having a go at extreme climbing can try routes in the top 8 to 9 range.

Seven climbing centres & routes

• Sonnenplatten
• Wasserrohr unterer Teil
• Wasserrohr oberer Teil"
• Halltaler Klettergarten Hauptwand
• Biotope
• Plattenturm (smooth rocks)
• Haller AV-Klettergarten Ochsenbrunnen / Jungmannschaftsturm

The inclined smooth rocks (Platten) are located opposite St. Magdalena and well suited to beginners. The Winklerwand wall has been completely revamped by Reinhold Scherer, with countless freshly drilled routes. The Durchschlag climbing centre is located 15 minutes above the Halleranger alpine hut on the way to the Lafatscherjoch. And it might seem hard to believe, but there is even room for some new tours on the legendary north face of the Lafatscher. Climbers will still find unrivalled lines, excellent rocks and an idyllic atmosphere.