Via Ferrata is Italian for “iron road”, being literally a steel cable and bars attached to otherwise impassable face of a cliff, making it traversable for anybody above the age of 15, physically capable and in a sane state of mind (or insane, if you ask me). It’s considered safer than rock climbing, but with higher chances of injury in case of a fall. Whatever safety grading system that is.
Here are the basic steps you need to do to enjoy the experience that makes you look like a cockroach on the wall. It’s pretty much straightforward, and if you do it right, you’ll get to the other side: just like crossing the road, but a vertical one.
Look up to see what to grab with your hands. If you’re taller than 1.5m, rest assured there’s gonna be something (hence the age limit). Look down to see where to put your feet. That can be a bit trickier, since, normally, when you’re about to pee your pants, they tell you “not to look down”.
Pay attention when using these. The carabiners, if used improperly, can make all the difference between you being a cockroach on the wall and being a cockroach trying to fly…
So always make sure both of them are locked on the cable. Apart from the intervals of every 3 to 10 meters where you have to unclip and clip them one by one to overcome fixtures.
And don’t forget to smile and take a lot of pictures:)
And if you get a panic, or acrophobic attack, remember – there is no way back ha. But there is a bottle of chilled wine waiting for you “at the end of the tunnel”, you’re in France after all!