In Italian, via ferrata means “iron path”: it is a protected climbing route found in the Alps, the Pyrenees, and other natural locations such as Montserrat, in Catalonia. The very first “touristic” via ferrata was created in the Austrian Alps by Friedrich Simony, back in 1843. During the First World War, many different routes were opened in the Dolomite mountains in order to facilitate the access of Italian troops. It has now become a popular activity in many countries such as France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and even as far as Peru and China.
Halfway between hiking and climbing, the idea is to follow a steel cable that runs along the route and that is fixed to the rock every 1-3 meters. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. As they go along the via ferrata route, climbers – equipped with a security kit (helmet, harness, lanyard with progressive-tear energy absorber) – are always attached to the cable: the key being to clip and unclip your carabiners (alternatively, in other words, one at the time!) every time you come across a cable fixing pin and to keep distance between each person.
There are different difficulty levels and we recommend you try out progressively, starting with K1, especially if you are concerned about being afraid of heights (it is actually a great way of overcoming it!).
In case of a doubt, do not hesitate to contact us! Going on a Via Ferrata allows you to discover dramatic views and to enjoy stunning natural environment, otherwise reserved to advanced climbers… It is also an amazing way of challenging yourself and have fun with friends or colleagues… Come on and give it a try!
Good to know
For security reasons and harness's fit, via ferrata climbers must be at least 1.55m tall. Except for beginners level via ferratas, you should not have fear of heights.
Via ferratas are rated from K1 (easy/beginners' level) to K6 (very difficult/expert).