Photo by Österreich Werbung / Joseph Malluan
In recent years, ice climbing has risen in popularity in the Alps, with routes covering frozen waterfalls, sparkling ice features, and otherworldly formations. Jochberg in Tyrol is one of the best places to try the heart-racing activity. The mountain’s north face offers multiple routes, but the Central Couloir is the real test; the 492-yard climb involves lengthy ice falls through powder and firn (granular snow). Note: this route is only available to climb when the winter is particularly cold.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert