Rock Climbing

Knorren and Gschöss - Two Rock Climbing Crags on Mount Penken

Ready to get your adrenalin pumping? If so, head on over to the Knorren Climbing Area where you find the two via ferratas "Knorren Nadel" and "Steinbock" You can rent via ferrata sets for free at the Funsportstation, but be sure to bring along your own courage.

For more rock climbs, head over to the Gschöss Climbing Area near the Penkenbahn Summit Station.

Please note that climbing is always at your own risk!

Knorren climbing area

Two via ferratas and numerous rock climbs

You can reach the Knorren Climbing Area by taking the 3S Penkenbahn in Mayrhofen followed by the Kombibahn Penken. From the Kombibahn Penken Summit Station, walk a short distance on the gravel path toward the Penkenjoch to the Knorren massif. Turn right before the summit station of the 6-person chairlift Knorren. Here begins the Knorren climbing area, which is suitable for beginners and experienced climbers.

The climbing area is to be considered alpine terrain. You will mostly be climbing on solid limestone similar tovdolomite. We strongly recommend that you keep your helmet on at all times while in the area. Don’t hesitate to bring along the kids, however, as the family-friendly location includes routes that are especially suitable for children and well equipped with bolts.

Facts

  • Protection: ++++
  • Rock quality: +++ to ++++
  • Orientation: south to south east
  • Number of routes: 30
  • Length of routes: 10 to 30 meters
  • Route grades: 4 to 8+ (UIAA)
  • Altitude: 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Best time for climbing at Knorren: May to October

Via ferratas "Steinbock" and "Knorren Nadel"

Getting to higher places

For those who want to get a tast of the vertical world, there are two via ferratas at the Knorren Climbing Area on Action Mountain Penken. The Knorren Nadel Via Ferrata is suitable for beginners and starts at the foot of the Knorren Climbing Area. With its two rope bridges and the viewing platform on top of the Knorrennadel you should be prepared for a touch of vertigo.

In the lower third of the Knorren wall you find the Steinbock Via Ferrata, which is designed for more advanced climbers. After a steep start you are rewarded with impressive views of the Zillertal Alps.

The two via ferratas meet again half way up the Knorren and you have to choose which way you want to go to reach the top.


Facts

  • Knorren Nadel Via Ferrata: Difficulty level A/B, duration of about 90 minutes, suitable for beginners
  • Steinbock Via Ferrata: Difficulty level B/C (medium), length of 180 meters, duration of about 45 minutes, 50 meters altitude difference, suitable for advanced climbers
  • Please note that you must wear a helmet! Via ferrata sets and helmets can be rented for free at the Funsportstation
  • Use of the via ferrata and the gear is at your own risk!
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Gschöss Climbing Area

for advanced rock climbers

The Gschöss Climbing Area is the perfect place for advanced climbers. It is only a 10 minute walk from the Penkenbahn summit station and offers 21 routes that are up to 30 meters long with grades ranging between 4 and 8 (UIAA). 

Gschöss is a sunny crag with great views over Mayrhofen. Climbing is possible all year round, and the access is easy.


 

Facts:

  • Protection: ++++
  • Rock quality: +++ to ++++
  • Ausrichtung: southeast
  • Number of routes: 21
  • Length of routes: up to 30 meters
  • Route grades: 4 to 8 (UIAA)
  • Altitude: 1,800 meters above sea level
  • Best time: May to October