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The rock face of Peterlewand near St Urban, unassuming from a distance, lies hidden in the landscape. During the time of the Counter-Reformation, Peterlewand was a strategically important location. It is described in Gustav Renker’s novel, ‘People Without a Homeland’. The first climbing routes were established around 1988 by a then 16 to 18-year-old student from Bodensdorf.
Through the years, the climbing park was so neglected that it was removed altogether from the climbing guide books.
In the spring of 2015, like in a fairytale, Peterlewand was literally woken up from a deep sleep. The existing climbing routes were restored and new interesting routes added. In this way, climbing was improved for both beginners and advanced climbers.
Features of the rock face
Peterlewand is an elongated east-facing rock face of hard bedrock, about 8 to 35 meters high. In addition, there are places with moderate to strong overhanging rock formation. Peterlewand offers picturesque views to Lake Ossiach. Some areas of the rock face are vertical or slightly inclined. The hand holds include a variety of different edges and several round slopers. Despite the often-challenging demands of some routes, there is sufficient opportunity for entry level climbers.
In addition to the various fixed rope routes, between 25 and 30 sport climbing tours of varying degrees of difficulty have been installed and restored.
Fixed Rope Routes (Via Ferrata)
There are three versions, two in the range A/B and a more difficult version with a key point C/D (difficult to very difficult).
Sport Climbing Routes
There are 30 routes in the range 4+ to 7a. Most routes have gradings in the more difficult ranges.
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