The Nösslach climbing area in the Ötztal Valley lies at the foot of a majestic limestone rockface above the village of Nösslach and offers a wide range of great climbing. The oustanding limestone is home to 58 routes ideal for beginners and intermediate climbers. Just a ten-minute walk from the car park, the area faces west and south-west - ideal for climbing from spring through until autumn. "Weißer Riese" (first climbed in 1985 by Christoph Rimml) really is the classic route in Nösslach. It is located in the middle of a forest and offers an interesting mix of large and small holds, small cracks and finger-punishing ledges.
"My favourite climbing route in Nösslach. Beautiful white rock with a cool mixture of small and large holds, cracks and ledges. A real pleasure to climb."
Barbara Bacher, pro climber & member of the Austrian Climbing Team
Number of routes
Difficulty rating 5
Difficulty rating 6
Difficulty rating 7
Difficulty rating 8
Total number of routes 58
Type of rock
Gneiss mica-slate, granite gneiss
Best time of year
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Climbing route „Weißer Riese“
Difficulty rating (French)
Route number in topo
Route established by
Christoph Rimml (1985)
Arriving from Oetz, travel via Umhausen to Längenfeld. After the Mauracher Schlucht canyon there is a memorial on the left-hand side of the road, just after a bridge. Climbers can park at the car park here.
In order to get to the climbing area, follow the trail heading out of the valley. After around 200 metres there is a fork in the trail. Take the right-hand option to "Umhausen/Wiesle". Shortly after the fork in the trail there is a narrow path which turns off to the right and leads (10 minutes) to the climbing area.
The climbing route "Weißer Riese" is located in a section of the climbing area with the same name. It is immediately noticeable thanks to its bright white rock, while the routes around it are dark grey. The climbing on offer is very varied and demands not only technical skills but also a good portion of strength. Strong fingers are a must for the narrow ledges. The route is rated intermediate (6b) but is not for beginners. Climbers must keep their orientation and stay focussed until the end.