Going to a Klettersteig (or via ferrata in Italian) with kids is an ultimate adventure for the entire family and a new Kinder Klettersteig Mayrhofen is a perfect place to try our easy rock climbing. Most kids learn climbing up various objects before they even know how to properly walk. Later they love scrambling up and down various obstacles. Next stop – get real and take them on a Klettersteig. It brings the whole family together, takes everyone out in the open air and in the mountains, trains your kid surefootedness, improves motoric skills and, most importantly, it guaranteed to be a lot of fun. That, of course, if you approach it right.
Klettersteig (via ferrata) is a mountain climbing route secured with a steel cable which runs along the route and is fixed to the rock every few meters. In addition to a steel cable, there are iron steps, pegs and other aids to help the climber access various points on the mountain without the risks associated with unprotected climbing. Most via ferrata routes designed for adults, therefore several important factors need to be taken into consideration before setting sail with the whole family for that fun-filled adventure.
Safety. It is mandatory for every family member to have a helmet, proper shoes and a harness with attached carabiners (they will protect you in case of a fall). It is best to use a specifically designed Klettersteig set. Our daughter is in love with her Via Ferrata set Ergo Zip made by Salewa. It is exceptionally easy for her small hands to operate and that means we are always fast and are having maximum fun.
Planning and route selection. The level of difficulty that you will choose for your family trip will largely depend on your child’s age and height. For a six year old I would recommend an easy ( class A or B) Klettersteig with a maximum of 350 vertical meters elevation gain and total trip time (including descent) at around 3-4 hours. I recommend spending some time online and checking the topo map of the chosen route to make sure your little one will be able to handle it. Websites like Bergfex have plenty resourses on that. Does the route have southern exposure? Take lots of water with you and preferably start your adventure earlier (it is not much fun being stuck on a hot rock for 2 hours).
Kids-friendly Klettersteing in Mayrhofen, Tirol. We had a fun-filled day recently on a new specifically designed for kids Klettersteig in Mayrhofen, Tirol. You can find this very family-oriented Klettersteig right near the village center of Mayrhofen. It starts at the same point as Via Ferrata Huterlaner and veers off to the left after a few meters. The route encompasses classic via ferrata terrain (rock walls, rope bridge etc.) with a few very interesting high rope course elements. The course is designed for kids 6 – 14 years old, therefore all the safety aids are at the right height for kids. For example, the distance between the iron steps was ideal for our 6 year old daughter. Also, this kids-friendly Klettersteing is easy to get to (there is no need for a long ascent up the mountain slope) – the route starts immediately few meters above the parking.
Watch a video of the Mayrhofen Klettersteig here
The high ropes portion requires not only some skill but also some courage! But what a joy is it for the kids to finish the course with a “Flying Fox” (sliding down a steel cable while being attached to it with an extra safety carabiner). If your kid is not feeling up to it, the high rope elements can be easily bypassed.
The whole course takes climbers approximately 200 meters up and should take between 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. There is a small exercise area right at the beginning of the Klettersteig, so your little one can practice his or her skills. At the end of the route families will be glad to find a welcoming cozy hut, and excellent place for refreshments and some beautiful views of the valley below!