Climbing Park in “Perfect Shape“
Renovation of the climbing routes in the Salzburger Saalachtal
The mountain climbers' village Weißbach in the Salzburger Saalachtal enjoys an outstanding reputation on the international climbing scene. Here in the foothills of the Steinernes Meer, there are 15 climbing areas, each with 10 to 50 routes of a very wide range of difficulties. There is playful scrambling for the whole family and beginners, diverse routes for ambitious climbers and the most difficult tours for rock professionals.
And don't you dare forget a tool...... because then you've hiked all the way up the approach trail for nothing. This has happened to me before. I was hanging on the rope on the route I was to repair and noticed that the drill or the angle grinder hadn't made it into my work rucksack.
So you make climbing safe?
We make sure that standards are met and we repair any defects. In an annual inspection we also check the rock for any abnormalities and loose rock scales. The Salzburg Land geologist accompanied us on the last inspection and gave the climbing area a very good report card. The climbing parks are mostly in a very good state. 95% of the bolts are top-notch and around 100 anchors are currently being reworked to bring them up to the standard as well. The renovation is a long-term process which will continue over many years. However rock climbing is and will remain an outdoor sport – in nature unforeseen events can always happen so we appeal to the climbers' own responsibility to assess the rock and equipment themselves for dangers before every climb.
Who are the climbing routes suitable for?
Actually there are routes here for all ability levels. Children and families can scramble on easy beginner routes with short approaches. Intermediate climbers will find a real paradise of diverse routes here. And even experienced climbers will have huge grins on their faces after a rewarding day on the wall. For aprés-climbing people meet in the cosy bars in Weißbach to recharge their batteries and exchange climbing stories.
What motivates the helpers to spend their free time renovating the routes?
The mountain climbers' village Weißbach has a top reputation as a climbing area. We want to maintain and promote that and for this certain safety standards have to be met. And of course all the locals who help here are themselves passionate climbers and we look forward most of all to climbing a route “in perfect shape” ourselves after the repairs. And this is naturally also part of our work as a final check.