MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING
Mountaineering has become very popular over recent decades with people from all over the world, especially people from England, Germany and Czechoslovakia wanting to explore and conquer the Zillertal Alps. They all wanted to be the first to reach the tops of the giant ice- and snowcovered peaks.
The Zillertal Alps consist of hundreds of peaks, some of them are well known all over the world, and have to be "done" by any serious mountaineer. Olperer, Möseler, Löffler, Turnerkamp or Zsigmondy Peaks are just a small selection. Hochfeiler, with its famous north face, is the highest - 3.510m above the sea.Glaciers, icy north faces, sharp edges, vertical rock walls - all with varying difficulty, so mountaineers with any level of experience will find a challenge. If one peak is a little too much, this obstacle can be overcome by employing one of the local alpine guide.
Sport climbing has become a great tradition in Zillertal. The first hotspots were a couple of big rocks behind Ginzling near the mountain inn Breitlahner about 10km from Mayrhofen. Local mountaineers and alpine guides used them as training area before, but as sport climbing was introduced, these rocks became famous as “ewige Jagdründe” (eternal hunting grounds). And they still attracts climbers from all over the world like a magnet.
Over the time more and more climbing hotspots have been set up, given names like “Nasenwand (Nosewall)” or Monkey Island.
As Bouldering becomes more popular, climbers are finding more and more places to try, so in the valley there are endless options. For example “Neuginzling Wald” right beside the village Ginzling, Kaserler, Zillergund and Sundergrund - all reachable in minutes by car.