A via ferrata is an Italian term which means ‘iron path’. Via ferrata is a protected climbing route, built with a steel cable rail fixed to the rock, metal steps, ladders, suspension bridges and zip wires.
The word defines both the route and the outdoor activity, which consists on progressing through the viaferrata by using a harness clipped onto the wire. Half-way between scrambling and rock climbing, via ferratas allow non-expert climbers to reach high altitudes in a safe way, using minimum equipment.
Via ferratas are a great way of exploring the mountains. This sport does not necessarily requires previous mountain experience, but you will need to have a good physical condition and no fear of heights.
A via ferrata trip requires good weather conditions and that means avoiding rain, snow and ice. Summer, spring and even autumn months are the best time to practice this activity.
A via ferrata is a route marked out by metal rails and rungs embedded into the mountain. It’s easy to follow and a great way to tackle otherwise impassable cliffs and ledges.
Got a taste for exposed mountain edge,?Meet the via ferrata – the outdoor activity.