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Via Ferrata information: Your safety in a short and practical manual

 

Are you afraid for via ferrata of the Dolomites ? Don't worry, the via ferrata in the Dolomites is the type of climbing most sure. Stay calm and read it with attention to understand the safety level and the two typologies of climbing. 

It’s hard to believe that just 90 or so years ago, during World War I, our mountains were wracked by violence: explosions blew off summits and trenches was designed along the mountain sides and crests. Even now, the ground is littered with bits of barbed wire and other debris from the conflict.

The history of Via Ferrata in the Dolomites starts with this war. The “Alpini” (Italian mountain troops) and the “Kaiserjaegers” (Austrian mountain troops) sought supremacy in the Dolomites region, and some of the high passes were intense battlegrounds. During the First World War via ferrata were constructed in the Italian Dolomites so that troops could move equipment and artillery from one side of the mountain to the other.

After the war, the army abandoned the routes and local people took to maintaining them, recognising their potential for attracting tourists to the area.

The Dolomites via ferrata are accessible not only for technical climbers, which walkers and scramblers with a head for heights can enjoy with the right training and mountain guide guidance.

 

Watch my instructional video in Youtube about this argument  Watch my instructional video in Youtube about this argument 

 

Equipments

During the via ferrata guiding days you receive from me the complete equipment:

- Helmet

- Harness

- Ferrata laynars + energy absorber 

- Ferrata gloves

- Crapons and ice axle (only for the Marmolada glacier)

If you are a beginner, the first guiding day we climb a easy via ferrata. All people from 7 to 70 years old, with a basic hiking experience, can climb a easy via ferrata.

If you have a good feeling with sport activities and don’t are afraid on the vertical and exposed situations you can climb with the: "Standard Safety System"

Via Ferrata Dolomites standard safety systemSTANDARD SAFETY SYSTEM

Look this photo of Bob (left), he climbed the Via Ferrata Pertini on the Stevia wall with the standard safety system. He positioned both karabiners on the wire of the ferrata, the via ferrata laynars (or via ferrata set) have a mechanical shock absorber in the central position that serve both karabiners. This is the standard via ferrata safety system.

But if you prefer to have a additional help, the mountain guide connect you with a additional rope.

This second solution name: mountain guide safety system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOUNTAIN GUIDE SAFETY SYSTEM

The person with problems on the exposed situations (or kids same Erica on the photo below) have a additional help with the rope of the Mountain Guide.

In this case you use a single karabiner on the ferrata wire and you have a tensioned additional rope with a autoblock system operated from the montain guide.

If you can see, in any case you have the best safety solution!

Via Ferrata Dolomites mountain guide safety system  

 

Watch my others programs for via ferrata in the Dolomites:

Via Ferrata for total beginners

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Via Ferrata for family

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Via Ferrata trek in the Central Dolomites

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Via delle Bocchette (Western Dolomites)

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Via Ferrata Cortina (Eastern Dolomites)

A modular program dedicated at the via ferrata around the Cortina area, from the easiest to the most difficult, the complete range of Via Ferrata of Cortina.

Via Ferrata trek in the Pale di San Martino (Southern Dolomites)

A long distance concatenation of via ferratas, hut to hut, in the Pale di San Martino, for trained hikers. 

Via Ferrata trek in the big walls of the Civetta (Southern Dolomites)

The most difficult via ferratas trek of the Dolomites, great walls, longest via ferratas, all for a unique experience!

Via Ferrata in winter, autumn, and spring at Garda Lake

The program dedicated at the winter, autumn, or spring possibilities. This modular program open a new reallity to climb via ferrata all round year.

The Via Ferratas of the First World War (WW1)

Different programs dedicated at the via Ferratas build during the World War One. From long and high altitude via ferratas, to short and easy via ferratas perfect for family with kids.