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Problems and rules:

Local ice climbers and Forest and Hunting Administration officials have signed an agreement by which ice climbing is permitted only after the 1st of January, to respect the hunting season.

Ice climbing is forbidden before the 1st of January. After this date no restrictions apply.

After heavy snowfall the "Malta - Hochalmstraße" becomes impassable. If this is the case the only viable option is to continue on skis. Depending on where you go, the approach time may vary between 1-2 hours, or somewhat more!

Due to the request of the landowner there are no signs that lead through the forest to the climbs. Please respect this and the countryside.

Descend directly from the top of the icefalls via fixed anchors or trees. The area above the falls is home to many species and should not be disturbed.

The Maltatal is part of the "National Park Hohe Tauern". Please behave accordingly.

Park in such a way that the Forest Service can pass. Its vehicles are often much wider than a normal car.

Snow chains are highly recommended.
Maps:

The following maps cover the Maltatal:

- Freytag & Berndt Wanderkarte No. 202 "Radstätter   Tauern" - Katschberg –Lungau (1:50000)
- Kompass Wanderkarte No. 66 "Lieser- Maltatal"   (1:50000)
- ÖK (Österreich Karte) 1:50.000 Blätter 155, 156, 182,   183,
- "Short guide" of the National Park service "Hohe Tauern"      including a map of the region, 1:50,000

Information and guided tours, ice climbing courses:
Alpintreff Oberkärnten – Franz Karger
Tel. und Fax: +43 47625045
Homepage: www.alpintreff.com
e-mail: alpintreff@happynet.at

Rooms for mountaineerers and ice climbers:
Pension Hubertus Tel & Fax: +43 4733511
Homepage: www.gaestehaus-hubertus@lieser-maltatal.or.at
e-mail: kruescher@net4you.co.at

For further Tourist Information call: +43 4733220

Guidebook:
At present there is no guidebook that covers ice climbing in the Maltatal

Emergency calls:
All mobile phones should work in this region.
The nearst telephones are at:
"Alpenhotel Kerschhackl Hof" and "Gasthaus Falleralm" (toll station)
Call 140 for the Mountain Rescue
Call 144 for the Ambulance

Other activities:

Apart from ice climbing, the Maltatal offers various other alpine activities, such as climbing, ski mountaineering, snow shoeing, walking and skating.

Places to eat and drink:

Near the climbs:
"Gasthaus Zirmhof" in Koschach, opposite the "Fallbach".
"Malteinerhof" in Malta.

Evening:
Restaurants:
"Malteinerhof" in Malta
Gasthaus "Kohlmayr", Hauptplatz, Gmünd

Pubs/Cafés:
"Rudi´s Büro" or "Café Nußbaumer", Hauptplatz, Gmünd
Pizzeria "Tivani", Hauptplatz, Gmünd

Very important!
Coffee and sweets: Café and Konditorei "Rudiferia" in Gmünd, next to the "Maltator"
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