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Climbing at Gesäuse National Park


The Gesäuse has been writing alpine history for more than 200 years. In the beginning, monks of Admont Abbey, herdsmen and hunters stood at the summit of the Ennstal Alps.

The first tourist ascents together with local hunters were followed by the "guideless" who established the Viennese School model of thought in the Gesäuse. They set countless classics that are still alpine standards today: The edge of the Rosskuppe, the Dachl north face, the Peternschartenkopf north and north-east face. After the technically wild 60s, "alpine modernity" also made its way into the Gesäuse. In the spirit of the early days, rows and rows of new free-style climbs of higher difficulty were found. The most frequently visited routes and walls of the Gesäuse have been generally renovated in a coordinated manner in recent years. Great attention was paid to preserving the originality and ultimately also the adventure. In many of the routes, you will only find well-equipped belay stations; most of the intermediate belays have to be installed by the climbers themselves. This style of renovation should not give the impression that the walls and routes have the character of a climbing garden and thus underestimate length and difficulty. The Gesäuse National Park also contributed to the creation of the "Climbing Guide Gesäuse"The accesses to the walls were ecologically analysed and it was agreed upon the most sensible option in each case. Thus, the accesses should be easy to find - an advantage for both, climbers and nature conservation. Parts of the rock faces of the Gesäuse mountains are prohibited areas in the NATURA 2000 protected areathere - in these areas - climbing is prohibited. By the way, the best knowledge and safest climbing in the Gesäuse are the local mountain guides, which you can find here .

Climbing in the National Park - What to look out for

  • Climbing on all existing climbing routes
  • Use designated accesses (see below)
  • Sport climbing in the climbing garden Johnsbach
  • Establishment of new alpine climbing routes (if anything, then from below, in accordance with the Gesäuse climbing ethic).
  • Disturbance around incubated nests (golden eagle)
  • New construction of via ferratas and new development of sport climbing crags
  • Attachment of fixed ropes
  • Climbing in NATURA 2000 prohibited areas


  • have fun
  • in the national park not cool, voluntary restriction in favor of nature
  • not allowed in the national park, prohibited by law

May we introduce ourselves?

As your companions in the terrain, we provide clear information on the signs. We will tell you where to go and which areas you are not allowed to enter under any circumstances. Whether summer or winter: just listen to us and make a valuable contribution to us and to the undisturbed development of nature. Thank you very much!



The following climbing routes, including topos and via ferratas, were developed in close coordination with nature conservation. The result: an advantage for nature and athletes. To be read in detail in the "Climbing Guide Gesäuse".

Info Sport Climbing Johnsbach


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