The via ferrata Hoachwool
offers exciting rock tours for experienced climbers with a view of Juval Castle
. The challenging and varied topology, the traverses, the steep rock faces and the old gullies, which were laid as a water pipe as early as 1833, make this via ferrata unique. Steel cables, footholds and rock anchors bring climbers safely to their destination.
The via ferrata covers a difference in altitude of 630 metres
, and the climbing time is given as 4.5 hours.
The second half in particular is characterised by some steep vertical passages of difficulty D
: difficult for experienced climbers, everyone else should not even attempt it.
While many other via ferratas in the Alps can only be reached after long hikes, the easy entry to the Hoachwool via ferrata tempts even inexperienced climbers to try it out. The result: regular rescue missions by the Merano Mountain Rescue Service, an average of ten per year. The most frequent causes for the emergency call being dialled: Exhaustion and not enough water. In addition to the difficulty, many underestimate the heat on the via ferrata, which is exposed to the southwest.
You should only climb in good weather and be careful not to kick any rocks loose. The prerequisites - whether climbing in Naturno or elsewhere - are existing climbing technique
and sufficient physical condition
. A climbing helmet and harness with via ferrata set, suitable shoes, via ferrata gloves and sufficient liquid
and provisions are required. In summer, you should also make sure you have enough fluids and additional sun protection, as the location of the via ferrata Hoachwool, which is particularly exposed to the sun, should be taken into account in your preparations.
Those who prefer to tackle the via ferrata in the company of a mountain guide can contact the builder of the via ferrata, mountain guide Ludwig Gorfer (+39 335 5853007), at any time.