I don’t have much experience in via ferratas, and I don’t own a via ferrata kit. So I figured it was probably a good idea to go with a guide. At 9 a.m. I met Alexander Riml at the car park near the Festkogelbahn, where we were able to park our cars for free.
We walked together through the village of Obergurgl towards the entrance of the via ferrata. Alexander asked me about my climbing experience and confirmed my opinion: the first one or two times that you want to try a via ferrata, you should definitely go with a guide. You can hire a private guide or go with a group, and excursions are easily booked through one of the many climbing schools in the Ötztal.