Mountain Adventure World Franz Senn Hut
Via ferrata Edelweiß C to D, Via ferrata Höllenrachen B to D, Via ferrata Sommerwand B to C
There is a via ferrata along a mountain stream, which is spectacularly studded and leads even partly subterranean – just over the wild stream. „Höllenrachen“ („hell’s throat“) is called the well secured via ferrata, not very difficult (exceptionally of a one-rope hanger over the wild stream!), but very impressive and original!
The “Edelweiß via ferrata” is a relatively short but interesting via ferrata (also botanically very precious – name!) nearby the hut, but not recommendable at wetness because of many earthy passages. At climbing wall “Sommerwand” there is the via ferrata “Sommerwand”, which was built as educational via ferrata and has to offer only a 60 Hm “Ferrata-pleasure”.
All three via ferrata can be easily connected within a half-day and also justify a visit in the well equipped Franz Senn Hut.
„Via ferrata Edelweiß“ and „Höllenrachen“ very difficult; „Via ferrata Sommerwand“ difficult;
Dangers: „Höllenrachen“ at flood water or after thunderstorm difficult; at wetness generally very slippery;
Best season: July - October
Duration / Difference in height (from Franz Senn Hut):
Via ferrata Edelweiß: 10 Min.
Via ferrata Höllenrachen: 15-20 Min.
Via ferrata Sommerwand: 30-35 Min.
Via ferrata Edelweiß: 40 Min. / 90 Hm
Via ferrata Höllenrachen: 20 Min.
Via ferrata Sommerwand: 15 Min. / 60 Hm
Descents: between 15 and 30 Min.
„Via ferrata Edelweiß“ South-east, „Via ferrata Sommerwand“ North-west, „Höllenrachen“ partly subterranean
Equipment: Via ferrata set, helmet, mountain boots; for „Höllenrachen“ additionally two short expresses or band slings with screw-carabineers; safety rope for youths;
Valley / Info: Neustift in the Stubai valley, 993 m, phone: +43 (0) 501881-0; www.stubai.at
Starting point: Parking at Oberisshütte (parking fee), 1742 m
Base: Franz Senn Hut, 2149m, ÖAV, open mid-June – beginning-Oct.; phone +43 (0)5226-2218, www.fankhauser.at
From Innsbruck over Brenner motorway A 13 – exit „Stubaital“ and further on to Neustift. In Neustift turn right through village centre to the locality Milders (not the main road towards Stubai glacier). Further on mountain road through the Oberbergtal valley to Oberissalm (parking fee).
To Franz Senn Hut: 1,5 h / 410 Hm. From parking short way into the valley, then by many hair-pin bends over steep hillside; Further on crossing long alpine pastures, passing an impressive waterfall to the hut;
To via ferrata Edelweiß: 10 Min. From the hut over stream and towards north following the path tracks to the access on the deepest point of a “pillar-like” wall formation (signposted).
To Höllenrachen: 15-20 Min. From the hut on marked trail further on into the valley to the first territory ledge and turn left to rocks with white inscription. Short way after access (signposted).
To via ferrata Sommerwand: 30-35 Min. Same as „Höllenrachen“, over stream and path upwards to the access at the left border of the climbing wall.
„Via ferrata Edelweiß“ and „Via ferrata Sommerwand“ please see ascent view
Höllenrachen: Short descent behind through some rocks (A/B) to the beginning of the dark „Höllenrachen“. Impressive crossing just over the wild stream (B-C/D, subterranean!) to a small ledge and by boldly footstep over the stream to the other side and into outdoor area. Over rocky terrain (A) further on to the so-called “Hexenkessel” (boiling pot) (black inscription).
From here two or three possibilities:
a) By rock bridge (A/B) over the stream to the other bank and over short upturn to the exit.
b) Very steep descent into the “Hexenkessel” (D) and over short, very spectacular rope bridge (D, whithout belay E, dangerous!) moving hand over hand (“test of courage” – an additional band sling with screw carabineer or two short expresses for belay is absolutely necessary!) Afterwards to last short upturn (C) and to the exit.
c) After direct descent into “Hexenkessel” by a sling around an overhanging rock to the rope bridge (B-D).
Same as accesses or along the partly signposted descent trails.