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Via the Randkluft via ferrata (normal route) on the Dachstein

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The normal route up the Hohe Dachstein is also known as the "Randkluftsteig". It is considered the oldest via ferrata in the world. The view from the summit of the High Dachstein is magnificent.
easy
Distance 4.3 km
3:00 h
430 m
430 m
2,991 m
2,623 m
The normal route up the Hoher Dachstein (2995 m), also called Randkluftsteig, is considered the oldest via ferrata in the world. This route was already established during the first half of the 19th century. It is relatively easy to reach with the help of the cable car, but you should by no means underestimate this climb. The ascent leads across glaciated terrain, where you should watch out for crevasses. Especially in poor visibility, orientation on the Schladminger and Hallstätter glaciers can quickly become a challenge. The route is exposed on the northeast side. The route can be icy in places during the low season, so it may be necessary to bring crampons and an ice axe. Climbing the Randkluft can also be a challenge in bad conditions.
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Kilian Müller 
Update: January 23, 2023
Difficulty
B easy
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Highest point
High Dachstein, 2,991 m
Lowest point
Hunerkogel mountain station, 2,623 m
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Safety information

The via ferrata is suitable for experienced via ferrata climbers, sure-footedness, a head for heights and arm strength are required. It is recommended to check the current weather forecast for the destination region.

Tips and hints

http://www.ramsau.com/

http://www.planai.at/dachstein/index.php

http://www.seethalerhuette.at/

http://www.wetter.at/

Start

Hunerkogel valley station (2,684 m)
Coordinates:
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47.467651, 13.626233
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47°28'03.5"N 13°37'34.4"E
UTM
33T 396474 5258049
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Turn-by-turn directions

Access:

We take the cable car up to the Hunerkogel (Dachstein Gletscherbahn). From here, a wide track (snow groomer) usually leads in the direction of the Dachsteinwartehütte (Seetalerhütte). We follow this until shortly before the hut. We leave the piste track and our route runs in an arc first in a north-westerly, then in a south-westerly direction. The entrance to the Randkluftsteig is at the upper end of the glacier directly at the foot of the wall. In this area we pay special attention to crevasses!

The route:

We pass the edge crevasse and move uphill in blocky terrain (A/B), in places also (B). We first keep just to the right of a clear cut, then we ascend in the gully-like intersection (A/B, A, A/B). We follow this to the summit.

Descent:

We follow our ascent route down to the entrance and on the same way back over the glacier to the top station.

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Public transport

By train to Schladming, then by bus to the Dachstein Glacier Lift
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Getting there

A10 to Eben im Pongau, continue in the direction of Ramsau am Dachstein, shortly before just before Ramsau turn left on the toll road to the Dachstein Gletscherbahn.

Parking

Dachstein Glacier Lift valley station

Coordinates

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47.467651, 13.626233
DMS
47°28'03.5"N 13°37'34.4"E
UTM
33T 396474 5258049
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Via ferrata equipment with rockfall helmet; possibly grips or crampons and ice axe for the ascent

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


Questions and answers

Question from Sonja Enderer · August 15, 2020 · Community
Hallo, wir möchten die Tour voraussichtlich übernächste Woche machen. Kann jemand sagen, wie aktuell der Übergang vom Gletscher zum Klettersteig aussieht? Ist die Randkluft gut zu überwinden, oder bekommt man eventuell Probleme? Sind aktuell viel Spalten, und sollte als Seilschaft gegeangen werden? Danke schonmal für die Antworten.
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Question from Reni Pu · June 19, 2020 · Community
Kann man den auch alleine gehen?
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Answered by Wolfgang Schrank · June 19, 2020 · Community
Hallo, normalerweise geht man keinen Klettersteig alleine!!!
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Jochen Richter
July 29, 2018 · Community
Der Klettersteig ist toll! Der Weg von der Bergstation über die Seethalerhütte war problemlos. Die Aussicht über das Umland ist atemberaubend. Der Klettersteig ist nicht sehr schwer, nur "lang". Den Klettersteig sollte man aber nicht wie in vielen Topos beschrieben über den Gletscher verlassen, sondern ihn komplett zurück klettern. Lediglich der Einstieg ist hier etwas steiler, sonst ist der Abstieg problemlos. Plant genug Zeit für den Rückweg zur Seilbahn ein :)
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Christian Stotter 
February 16, 2017 · Community
Donnerstag, 16. Februar 2017, 20:49 Uhr
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Difficulty
B easy
Distance
4.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
430 m
Descent
430 m
Highest point
2,991 m
Lowest point
2,623 m
Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent

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