I did my first Austrian via ferrata last week, introducing my brother-in-law Nick and his son Ben to climbing with cables. The Klettersteig Huterlaner was a fun and varied climb with some good views down the Zillertal and of the town of Mayrhofen. As it starts only two minutes walk uphill from the base of the valley and is in the woods, it had a different feel to the mountainous via ferrate I’ve done elsewhere.
Instead of following a ridgeline or going up a rock face, the Klettersteig Huterlaner weaved its way through the trees in order to keep to the most interesting buttresses and slabs. This meant that the route felt a bit contrived at times, but also that it included sections of really enjoyable climbing.
Having a cold drink at a hut following a very hot climb made for a nice end to the climb too. However, we each only had a sip of the complimentary schnapps that was given to us at Gasthaus Zimmereben (which probably makes a good income from the climbers of the four via ferrate that end minutes from its door) before descending through the woods.
The Zillertal tourist information publishes a great booklet on the via ferrate and climbing in the area. It’s available in the tourist information offices and online. There is also a good overview of information on the via ferrate by Mayrhofen, including the Klettersteig Huterlaner, on the local tourist information website. The website of the Gasthaus Zimmereben has a brief description and topo of the Klettersteig Huterlaner too.