Tirol is never short of a challenge! This awe-inspiring mountain world almost beckons to be conquered. Sport climbers can look forward to legendary routes with various levels of difficulty in the heart of the Alps.
Unlike classic mountaineering and alpine climbing, sport climbing is not about getting to the top of a mountain. Instead, sport climbers aim to conquer a certain route (known as a "pitch"). Longer routes are known as multi-pitch climbing. Hooks anchored into the rockface give climbers the chance to attach their safety rope at regular intervals using carabiners, thereby minimising the distance they will fall if they lose contact with the rock. Normally, sport climbing is carried out in pairs: one person climbs while the other person stands on the ground and "belays" them, ie. holds the rope and pays close attention, ready to pull it tight and catch them if they fall.
With many different climbing areas and thousands of pitches to choose from, the Climbers' Paradise Tirol network of climbing regions is ideal for those who like to scale the heights and challenge themselves. As well as climbing areas suitable for families and beginners, there are also plenty of options for expert climbers such as the Schleierwasserfall waterfall in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. There is a huge variety of climbing on offer, from pitches next to the valley floor to high alpine adventures, indoors and outdoors – and even climbing routes on a concrete pillar supporting a bridge.