Pyramidenspitze - Vorderkaiserfelden
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The Climbing Arena Kaiserwinkl set up in 2011 by 'Bergkameradschaft Walchsee' provides three via ferrata routes with good rock faces. The 70 to 300 metre routes are rated D/E and have difficult sections, some of which include over-hanging sections. The Bergkameraden via ferrata route does therefore require a good level of fitness, and provides superb views as a reward. The Ottenalm-Direttissima proceeds vertically and is the most difficult of the three routes. Steel cables throughout and two suspension bridges secure two routes, neither of which has an emergency exit point. From a rope bridge which goes over a gorge – appropriately called the "Schluchtenscheißerl" – climbers get to enjoy an unobstructed view to the natural landmark, Hochmoor Schwemm. For beginners the circuit of Lake Walchsee (C) is an ideal practice via ferrata route, and it does not go up to the summit ridge. The descent from the Bergkameraden via ferrata and from the Ottenalm Direttissima heads via the Harauer Spitze ridgeway. Full via ferrata equipment, including helmet, is required for all three routes and a safety rope is recommended for children and beginners. The climbing arena can be used free of charge and is open from Easter through to 1st November. The best way to get to the cosy Ottenalm is from Lake Walchsee, which takes 40 minutes to hike, or you could go by mountain bike.
From the town of Schwendt in Kaiserwinkl drive the 6 kilometres or take the Regiobus 4000 to the entrance of the Kaiserbach Valley. This is where the toll road begins, heading to the Griesneralm. From there it is a two hour climb to Stripsenjoch. On this saddle between the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains, the access areas to the many legendary Alpine climbing areas starts, such as the Totenköpfl and the Fleischbank.