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Via Ferrata Randkluft and Schulter

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  • Dachstein Randkluft
    Dachstein Randkluft
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The Schulter climb followed by the Randkluft path up to the top of Hoher Dachstein is probably one of the world's highest Via Ferratas. The short time it takes to get to the entrance, thanks to the Dachstein Gondola, makes this one particularly attractive. However, do not underestimate it as you are on still in high-alpine terrain.

moderate
Distance 5.5 km
5:00 h
502 m
502 m
2,987 m
2,619 m

For the Randkluft approach (descent): Glacier Equipment required! (beware of crevasses) 

The climb to the top of the highest summit in Styria is an experience withmagical views enjoyed at almost 3000 m above sea level. The shoulder ascent in combination with the Randkluftsteig to the top of the Hoher Dacshtein is very doable in combination with the Dacshtein cable car. The short hike to the start, in particular, makes this via ferrata very attractive and popular. However, it should not be underestimated, not least because you are in high-alpine terrain.

Comments:

As you hike up across the glacier, you need to keep your eyes openn for crevasses (we recommend roping up!). In the lower section of the Randkluftsteig, there is a danger of rockslides whenever it gets busier. In high summer especially, you might have to deal with"traffic jams" of climbers. Also pay attention to developing storms.

 

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Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein
Update: January 23, 2023
Difficulty
A/B moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,987 m
Lowest point
2,619 m
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
1:00 h
Climbing length
300 m, 2:00 h
Descent
2:00 h

Track types

Path 41.95%Via ferrata 5.21%Traces of trail 48.16%Unknown 4.66%
Path
2.3 km
Via ferrata
0.3 km
Traces of trail
2.6 km
Unknown
0.3 km
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Safety information

Beware: Crevasses may be hidden on your way to the entry point. You can find further information at: www.derdachstein.at or call+43 3687 22042 800. 

Hiking Via Ferrata routes is a demanding sport in rugged terrain. For your safety, please observe the following rules:  

  • Via Ferrata routes are demanding and require a good level of fitness, no hight vertigo and sure-footedness. 
  • Always use a helmet and, a Via Ferrata kit to attach yourself to the safety rope. Many mountain rescue missions are a result of carelessness and bad weather conditions. 
  • Many routes require most of the day. When planning a tour, always include the possibility of a sudden change of weather. Be prepared: carry spare clothing and a good stock of food supplies. 
  • Always show respect towards fellow mountaineers. Inform them about possible dangers if need be. 
  • Take care of our environment. Only take photographs and memories with you - leave no trace.

 

Alpine Emergency Numbers

Mountain Rescue             140 

Euro Emergency Call       112

Tips and hints

Up-to-date information: Bergführerbüro Ramsau am Dachstein or phone +43 664 522 0080.

www.via-ferrata.de

Start

Summit station Dachstein glacier (2,679 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.467798, 13.626341
DMS
47°28'04.1"N 13°37'34.8"E
UTM
33T 396482 5258065
w3w 
///sway.economic.biologist

Destination

Summit station Dachstein glacier

Turn-by-turn directions

Access: From the top station of the Dachstein cable car, a nicely maintained pathway leads to the Seethalerhütte. The shoulder ascent begins close to the hut. A roughly 30 min walk along a generally well-trodden glacier path will bring you up to the foot of the north face and the start of the Randkluftsteig (secured by rungs and cables).

Descent: The shortest descent takes you back down the Randkluftsteig to the foot of the rockface, then across the glacier to the top station, or via the Hunerschartensteig down to the valley.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Arriving from the west:

From the west you can take the Munich-Salzburg motorway, continuing on the Tauern motorway (A 10) until the Ennstal junction. From here take the Ennstal A-road (the B 320) for around 30 km into the Schladming-Dachstein region, then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off. Drive through the Ramsau Village and then turn left to Dachstein toll road. Continue up to the parking place Türlwand Hütte.

Arriving from the north:

From the south-east take the Pyhrnautobahn motorway (A 9) to the Liezen junction and then the Ennstal A-road (B 320) into the Schladming-Dachstein region. Then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off. Drive through the Ramsau Village and then turn left to Dachstein toll road. Continue up to the parking place Türlwand Hütte.

Parking

Valley station of the Dachstein cable car (Tollroad)

Coordinates

DD
47.467798, 13.626341
DMS
47°28'04.1"N 13°37'34.8"E
UTM
33T 396482 5258065
w3w 
///sway.economic.biologist
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Via Ferrata Equipment, Glacier equipment (Rope, crampons, Iceaxe)


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Rating

4.8
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Guido Schneider
August 09, 2022 · Community
Toller Steig mit mäßiger Schwierigkeit, einzig die Randkluft hat zu Stauungen geführt!
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When did you do this route? October 01, 2021
Felix Binder 
October 06, 2020 · Community
Auch im Oktober machbar, jedoch kann es passieren, dass einige Stellen des Klettersteigs eingeschneit sind und ohne Sicherung steile Aufschwünge im Schnee bewältigt werden müssen.
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When did you do this route? October 04, 2020
V. S. 
September 16, 2020 · Community
Wunderschön, leider sehr überlaufen. Die Einstiegsstelle sollte mit B/C bewertet werden.
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Difficulty
A/B moderate
Distance
5.5 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
502 m
Descent
502 m
Highest point
2,987 m
Lowest point
2,619 m
Completely cable-secured Classic via ferrata

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