Via ferrata became popular during the First World War, not for recreational purposes, but to aid troops move around the Dolomites. Nowadays there are over a 1000 via ferratas in the world, majority of them in the Alps, all of varying length, difficulty and the “scare factor”.
Having done it I’d say this one was a factor “shaky hands and sweaty knees”. Yes, exactly in that order. But back than looking at it didn’t mean anything to me. So I stood there smiling with my harness on, and my helmet (finally) in my hand.
And before I knew it, I found myself balancing (or more like wobbling) on a metal rod. “Mmm. So that’s how funambulists in Cirque du Soleil feel” – I thought, keeping my smile on to stay true to form of circus performers.
Now that you’ve googled “funambulists” don’t call me a cheater just yet… Once I’ve “mastered” highwire technique, I’ve decided to make my amateur circus performance more exciting and (to the massive applause of my imaginary audience) pulled out a camera with one hand and started taking pictures.
Next part wasn’t less peculiar.
At times I even stopped idiotically smiling because it kinda felt like my life was in my hands … but those moments didn’t last long.
Just to give you idea what we were going through: In white marked the path we follow. There are also some guys circled, for the scale reference.
And that’s really up close and in action.
P.S.: All team members made it to the other side save and sound and went on to test their skills at Canyoning 🙂