To the east of the Pillerseetal Valley lie the Loferer and Leogang Rocky Mountains, to the north the iconic "Steinplatte" near Waidring. Together they form one of the most important climbing areas in Austria.
Experienced climbers will be familiar with the "Pinzgawurm", at 45 pitches probably the longest multi-pitch climbing route in Tirol. Indeed, the area is a hotspot for multi-pitch climbing and offers more long climbs than any other region in Tirol.
Measuring around 7 kilometres in length, the "Steinplatte" is home to the largest variety of multi-pitch climbing routes. Many of them are south facing and therefore in the sun. The region also has plenty of well-secured sport climbing routes. The high-rope adventure park in Fieberbrunn and climbing centre at the Freizeitpark Familienland in St. Jakob in Haus are also good fun for groups and families.
Sport climbing in the Steinberge Mountains
The Steinplatte near Waidring is referred to by many as one of the best climbing areas anywhere in the Alps. It has around 70 routes and is up to 200 metres high. Smaller but no less idyllic is the climbing area next to the Wiesensee lake to the north of Hochfilzen. The climbing routes start right next to the shoreline, and many routes are suitable for beginners and even children.
Multi-pitch climbing routes in the Steinberge Mountains
The Steinberge Mountains have a huge selection of multi-pitch climbing routes to choose from. In the area around the Steinplatte alone there are roughly 100 long climbs on the limestone rockfaces. They are rated between 4 and 10. There are also some well secured routes on the Plaisir-Wandl face at the Urlkopf mountain. The Brantl rockfaces have routes catering for all abilities, including beginners. Climbers hiking up to the Schmidt-Zabierow-Hütte hut on the Salzburg side can take on the "Pinzgawurm", at 45 pitches one of the longest multi-pitch climbs in the Alps.
Via ferrata climbing routes in the Steinberge Mountains
Ten via ferrata climbing routes make the Steinberge Mountains a hotspot for fans of this booming sport which sees climbers use a safety harness and carabiners to clip themselves into a steel rope permanently anchored to the rockface, with metal handholds and footholds drilled into the rock to make climbing easier. One of the most popular via ferratas leads up onto the peak of the Marokka mountain near Fieberbrunn. It is rated B/C (intermediate) but is nevertheless suitable for families. More challenging is the Schuasta-Gangl at the Steinplatte (C/D). The Panorama-Klettersteig takes climbers to the Wildseeloderhaus hut, located next to a beautiful lake, and has two different routes: one for beginners and one for experienced climbers.
Climbing parks in the Steinberge Mountains
In Fieberbrunn there is a high-rope adventure park in Rosenegg as well as a "low-rope adventure park". While the first invites visitors to test their nerve up to 13 metres above the ground, the other is all about dexterity and balance. The low-rope adventure park, located next to the middle station of the cable car in Streuböden, has features such as a wobbly balance beam, a rope bridge and climbing ropes to balance on, all just 1.5 metres above the ground.
Climbing centres in the Steinberge Mountains
The region has six climbing centres. There is an indoor centre with a 600m² climbing area and a 100m² bouldering area at the Freizeitpark Familienland in St. Jakob in Haus. The 60 routes, up to 16 metres high, are rated between 3 and 10 on the international difficulty scale. There is a separate climbing wall for children, while beginners can book lessons with an instructor.
Climbing for families in the Steinberge Mountains
The children's climbing area at Halser Grund near Schwendt is suitable for families with children and gives youngsters the chance to practise toprope climbing in a safe and quiet setting. Around a kilometre further south there is a climbing area on the shores of the idyllic Wiesensee lake. It offers 25 routes aimed at beginners but also families with a little more climbing experience. The most difficult climbing routes here are rated 6 and 7 on the Austrian scale.