Intermediate ice climbing course in Tauer near Lienz
Intermediate ice climbing course in Tauer near Lienz

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    Italian, German, English
  • Duration
    2 days
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

During winter, the East Tyrol region is perfect for learning ice climbing. If you've already gone through a beginners course, Isidor will take you to the next level!

Once you've gone through the beginner's ice climbing course and after a few days of ice climbing you'll be ready to take the first few meters on the ice alone. Ice climbing is quite similar to rock climbing; you'll use a harness, a cord, and helmet as safety equipment. Also, since as you've learned before, you'll use an ice ax, or piolet, and weatherproof boots with crampons to make your way up.

Osttirol is one of the most well-known ice climbing places in Austria and among all the climbing community because of its many mountains and its cold winters!

In this 2-day course advanced ice climbing course, you'll work on your ice climbing skills. The main focus of this course is to teach you the necessary skills so you can safely start opening routes on the ice walls fixing ice bolts correctly, rappelling and assessing the hazards in the 1-pitch range.

After having successfully completed this course, you'll be able to engage in your first multi-pitch ice climbing outings!

minimum 18 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made

Skills gained at the end of the course:

Ice climbing equipment and clothing
Climb up to WI3-4
Securing in the lead
Proper setting and removal of ice bolts
Stand construction with Abalakov, ice screws, and bolts
Active rappelling
Ice climbing technology up to WI5 (video analysis)


Day 1:

Meeting point at Matreier Tauernhaus at 8:30
Check the equipment and adjust the crampons
Approach to the ice park (about 20 minutes)
Repetition of safety techniques, communication, and climbing techniques
Construction of a top rope stand with Bolts, ice screws, and Abalakov
Active rappelling
Right "pick up a rope"
Climbing in top rope 
Individual climbing
Climbing and coaching (with video analysis)

Day 2:

Basics of tour planning (weather forecast, avalanche report, access/approach, topos, and map)
Approach to the ice park or choice of another ice climbing area on the Felbertauern (access and approach)
Climb climbing top rope secured
Lead climbing
Climbing  with half ropes
Climbing on steeper ice - techniques

Activity requirements

All participants must have already done a beginner's course.

Special terms

This is the suggested equipment you should bring:

Long underwear (below and above), synthetic, merino or wool.
Warm pants (lined or fleece)
A warm fleece or a long-sleeved shirt (not cotton)
Lined jacket or vest, preferably down jacket
Waterproof Jacket with Hood (Gore-Tex or Nylon)
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or Nylon)
Socks (merino or ski socks)
Wool hood or lined hood that protects the ears and fits under the helmet
Waterproof climbing gloves (2 pairs)
Fixed mountain boots (if necessary also ski boots possible)
Buff (throat protection)
At least 25 liters-backpack (space for clothing, snack, drink, climbing material)
Sunscreen (glasses and cream)
Thermos or water bottle (already full)
Photo camera
Own medication

  • Group equipment (ropes, ice screws, etc.)
  • Climbing harness, helmet, ice tools and crampons
  • Accommodation
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • See list below
Meeting point
Matreier Tauernhaus: Tauer 22, 9971 Matrei in Osttirol, Austria Get directions
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