As a little boy, Peter Vanzo often climbed the barn wall of his parents' farm, the Etschmannhof. These days, the mountains are his preferred climbing arena – no matter the season. In fact, no mountain is safe from this intrepid mountain and ski guide. One day it occurred to him that building a via ferrata on the Kleine Ifinger mountain would be a worthy challenge.
Soon afterwards, he began exploring the 2,552-m mountain with his mountain guide colleague Uli Reiterer. Five years later, from May to June 2016, the Heini-Holzer via ferrata was constructed in cooperation with the local Tourist Info, Alpine Club and the forestry inspectorate. The via ferrata is named after Heini Holzer, a courageous downhill skier and Alpinist from Schenna. The Heini-Holzer via ferrata is 1,000 metres long, offers magnificent views of the Sarntal Alps and stretches over 500 metres to the summit of the Kleiner Ifinger mountain. Incredibly, it was climbed 10,000 times in just the first two months after opening!
Peter, for whom did you design the Heini-Holzer via ferrata?
Our goal was to build an easier-to-climb alternative to the extremely difficult Hoachwool via ferrata (link) at the beginning of the the Schnalstal valley. The Heini-Holzer via ferrata has levels of difficulty from A to B/C and is also suitable for less experienced mountaineers and for families with children ages 10 and up who enjoy climbing.
The entire via ferrata is secured with steel ropes. Climbing aids make difficult passages easier to navigate. Nevertheless, the challenge of a via ferrata should not be underestimated. Participants should be in good physical condition and have prior climbing experience.