Edigon – Steinwand Via Ferrata
Characteristics: this route, located in the western section, follows a historic trail across the far-stretching Steinwand Massif and offers a stunning view. Due to its length, including some classy passages which require a head for heights, this route should not be underestimated.
Equipment: climbers new to via ferrate should use climbing equipment
Access: starting in Obergail, first across the alpine road to the Obergailer Alm (car park at the first turn near the Gold Camp) [Trail 443], past the Enterberg Hut, continuing to the Schönjöchl Pass (2.298 m) [Trail 445]. From there, in eastern direction to the Edigon. The rope securing facilities start in the saddle below the summit.
Difference in altitude: car park - Schönjöchl Pass 1.050 metres in altitude; 3 hours; Schönjöchl Pass - Steinwand 250 metres in altitude; very long; 2-3 hours.
Course of the route: from the Schönjöchl Pass across the military uphill trail in eastern direction to the saddle below the Edigon (only a few minutes to the summit). Now along the steel cables further in eastern direction to the "Hochkopf". From there, descending into a prominent wind gap and continuing to the rock faces of the Steinwand. Across well designed rope safeguards and a few climbing aids to the summit of the Steinwand. Then downhill across the eastern ridge into the wind gap of the Letterspitze (short but worthwhile climb to the summit).
Descent: from the wind gap across the via ferrata in direction Obergail Pass and from there back to the Obergailer Alm.