Ilmspitze A to C
Fascinating ridge crossing, passing two towers like the Dolomite's, from Elferkofel to Zwölfernieder
The via ferrata has been built in 1986 and belongs to the most beautiful and interesting via ferrata of Austria. Originally “Extra’s” change with exposed passages, cleverly getting over the steep “Dolomite-style” rock. The access is very long from both sides, so the Innsbruck Hut is an ideal base. Commendable is the 2-days excursion by passing the “Elferkofel via ferrata” the day before with overnight stay in the hut. The descent from the Ilmspitze leads unfortunately through very uncomfortable, brashly territory, in early summer there could be remaining snow. As well as the via ferrata, the descent demands absolute foot-sureness and experience. So not suitable for inexperienced hikers and children!
Difficulty: Difficult, many exposed passages C, then A to B; also descent partly secured, A to B
Danger: Danger of falling rocks at descent; Attention in early summer because of remaining snow (please ask the hut host!)
Best season: July – October
Duration / Difference of Height:
Access .................. from Pinnistal 3 h / 850 Hm
Fixed rope route ... 1,5 h / 280 Hm
Descent ................ 2,5-4 h
Exposition: Via ferrata west to south-west, descent south-east
Equipment: Via ferrata set, mountain boots
Valley / Info: Neustift i. Stubaital, 993 m, phone.: +43 (0) 501881-0,
Starting points: Pinnisalm, 1560 m (Taxi-Bus) or Neustift
Innsbrucker hut, 2370 m, ÖAV, open mid-June – beginning-October, phone: +43 (0)5276-295
From Innsbruck over Brenner motorway (toll fee) or on the federal road to exit Stubai valley and further on to Neustift
From Neustift (locality Neder) leads a signposted, long road towards south into the upper valley to mountain inn Pinnisalm (2 h walking time or drive-up by taxi;)
Upwards on signposted walking trail towards south and ascent to Pinnisjoch (2370m, just behind there is located the Innsbrucker Hut). Now towards north-east along the signposted, rocky ridge up- and downwards to the access just behind a little material cot.
Behind the material cot starts a little gorge, which is built by an upstream pylon. In the gorge short way upwards to the steep entry wall.
The upper part of the via ferrata climbing down to the crossing of the signposted descent at the last big break. Brashly, exposed bends (partly secured, A) lead angular downwards to a detrital gorge. Over secured step (B) and uncomfortable steep area to the bottom of the wall. Back towards south on exposed path below the walls and short two-way ascent to the access, further on as accesses.