The rather challenging fixed-rope route in East Tyrol takes you across the western rock faces of Mt. Kleine Laserzwand
The 380 m long Laserz fixed-rope route (Laserz Klettersteig) is one of the most challenging via ferratas in East Tyrol. Due to its long passages of persistent difficulty, it is only recommended to experienced alpinists. The whole climbing equipment is required: In addition, in spring crampons, an ice pick and a further rope is necessary - the recommended period are the summer months.
The Laserz fixed-rope route starts above the Dolomites Mountain Hut (Dolomitenhütte) which can be reached on the road from Lienz to Lake Tristach. From the hut, the normal path and the Rudl Eller Path lead you in 1.5 hours to the access of the fixed-rope route. It is well secured and not equipped with too many hooks so that you can merely climb directly on the rock face. The upper section includes three overhanging passages, and finally the via ferrata ends on the summit of Mt. Kleine Laserzwand. The route is west-exposed and therefore shady for a long time. Afterwards, you can descend on the ridge to the Laserzwand Saddle, and on the normal path to the Karlsbad Mountain Hut (Karlsbader Hütte, 2,260 m a.s.l.) and to the Dolomites Mountain Hut.
- Starting point - valley: Dolomites Mountain Hut, 1,620 m a.s.l.
- Starting point - mountain: foot of Mt. Kleine Laserzwand, 2,568 m a.s.l.
- Mountain range: Lienz Dolomites
- Duration: 2.5 hours (+ 1.5 hours ascent to the starting point)
- Notice: remains shady for a long time
- Difficulty of the route: C/D