The Schleierfall is surely not only one of the most beautiful climbing areas in Austria, but also one of the most difficult routes. At the foot of the Maukspitze, a jaunty mountain brook drops down as a veil from the middle of the approx. 60 metres high rock dome. Thanks to this unique landscape, combined with best rock, the Southern exposure and large overhangs, the amphitheatre of the "Schleier" invites you to climb year-round. The 150 routes and many projects include some of the hardest routes in Europe.
You will hardly find another location with so many "10s and 11s" in one place.Names such as Alexander Huber, Markus Bendler or Adam Ondra have left their mark here with tours such as the Open Air (11+), Weiße Rose (11/11+), Mongo (11) or Fugu (11). The "Landlord", exceptionally talented Guido Unterwurzacher, has also left many traces.The entrance can be reached in approx. 40 min from the parking place in Going Hüttling near the Aschinger chapel.
Climbing history: Alexander Huber and Guido Unterwurzacher
At the end of the 1980s Alexander Huber, whom Reinhold Messner claimed to be the best of all rock climbers, enriched the "Schleier” by adding many routes of degree X and XI, making the area leading in the word. Hardly any other place in the world has this many X-graded climbing routes (approx. 150)! This is why Alex comes to the "Schleier” so often.
Young Guido Unterwurzacher from Going, climbing partner and friend of Alex, describes his Schleier as follows: "The Schleier is a template made stone, for a community of like-minded. Everyone finds his limits here. Everyone grows beyond himself. All that counts is the next pull, the next grip. Everything that is secondary will drop away while the waterfall cools your hot back with a fresh breeze."
At the end of the 1980s, Bavarian Alexander Huber enriched the climbing area with any number of difficult routes at degrees 10 and 11, making the Schleierfall climbing area the most difficult one in Europe. He also enormously increased the popularity of this part of the Wilder Kaiser. Many specialist magazines books and articles presented the Schleier with its powerful overhangs and the distinctive waterfall, drawing mountain sports enthusiasts from around the world and continuing to do so. Well-known names like the Huber brothers, Stefan Fürst, Gerhard Hörhager, etc. have left their mark here with various routes.