Via ferrata Laserer alpin Klettersteig (C) Austria

The Laserer alpin Klettersteig is a popular via ferrata route located in Austria, difficulty grade C. It offers beautiful views of the Dachstein mountain range and the Vorderer Gosausee lake, making it a picturesque experience.

Summary

Grade: Cview topo
Vertical: 60m ferrata, 120m total
Time: 20min approach, 50min ferrata, 20min descent, 1h30min total
Access / Parking: 47.5338,13.4959Google Maps or any Android maps app
Start via ferrata: 47.5300,13.5078Mapy.cz or any Android maps app
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Access

The route can be accessed by car via Gosau. Drive through the Gosau Valley to the end of the road, at the base station of the Gosaukammbahn, where there are several parking lots. Alternatively, take the train to Steeg-Gosau and then take bus 542 to Gosausee.

Approach to start

From the parking lot, it takes about 5 minutes to reach the Gosausee lake, then another 15 minutes on the east side of the lake on the Gosauseerundweg to reach the start of the via ferrata. It starts by climbing down from the pedestrian road, which might not be so obvious if there are no other climbers in front of you already.

The route

The first part is a long traverse, close to the lake surface. At the end of this traverse, you climb a ladder which connects the rock wall below the road to the one above the road. After a few more cable segments, you cross a two-wire bridge, one for feet and one for hands. The last parts take you down to the pedestrian road where the route began, making it a circular experience. You’ll also notice a donation box during this last part.

Descent

The descent follows the same route as the approach, taking about 20 minutes to reach the parking lot.

Good to know

During high season, particularly on good weather days, the Laserer Alpin Klettersteig can get crowded fast, and you may encounter long lines forming as early as 10 a.m.

You can climb only the first part, the traverse near the lake. The second part has a nice ladder and a rope bridge.

Foot holds are curved to minimize the risk of injury.

If you’re into sport climbing, there are a few easy, beginner climbing routes next to the parking lot, at the creek under the bridge.

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