Discover with the via ferrata the perfect mix between hiking and climbing
The via ferrata is an activity of discovery and initiation to verticality in the middle of nature. The hiking phases allow you to discover and admire magnificent landscapes. The vertical part is a kind of initiation to the practice of climbing. A via ferrata is a route that takes place on a rock face. It is usually equipped with cables, steps, ladders or footbridges to facilitate the ascent in complete safety. Such an itinerary, without the presence of these artificial metal equipment, would require the use of rope progression techniques. The via ferrata is a fun activity. It allows you to cover routes between hiking and climbing. It takes place at low altitude as well as in medium mountains. Via ferrata routes also exist in high mountains.
What equipment is required to practice via ferrata safely?
To face a via ferrata in complete safety, it is essential to respect precise rules. It is also essential to equip yourself with the best possible via ferrata equipment.
A climbing harness and a via ferrata kit, or a via ferrata lanyard.
the climbing harness, completed by the via ferrata laneThe new "Tethered Anchor" system will allow you to hold on to the anchors and hold on to the anchors in the event of a fall. The via ferrata kit is equipped with two lanyards connected to an energy absorber, they stop the user's fall and reduce the impact shock by absorbing a greater or lesser amount of the impact force. This allows you not to end up at the bottom, and reduces the impact of the fall on your body. The operation of such absorbers is ideal for users weighing between 45 and 120 kg. If you are outside these limits, you can be counter-insurance from the top with a rope.
A climbing helmet
Wear a climbing or mountaineering helmet, not only to protect yourself from falling rocks, but also from falling objects, which unintentionally come out of pockets or backpacks (telephone, water bottles, small objects...). A few grams in a pocket can turn into kilos of projectile a little lower.
These are the same gloves as the climbing gloves) or reinforced leather mittens and a good pair of walking shoes! Shoes and gloves or mittens will allow you to have a real comfort in your practice while ensuring your holds. Your day is punctuated by climbs on steps, sometimes in contact with the rope or rock face, it would be a shame to come back with scratched hands or even blisters... Equipping yourself with via ferrata gloves (or climbing gloves) will avoid painful blisters which can quickly become dangerous in these circumstances. For the practice of via ferrata, climbing gloves are perfect thanks to their leather reinforcements in the palm of the hand, their lightness and flexibility.
Which shoes for the via ferrata?
If walking shoes are highly recommended, you will need in any case a good pair of shoes for the practice of the via ferrata. And by a good pair of shoes, we don't mean trainers! If you choose suitable shoes for your approach walk, you might consider keeping them for the via ferrata. To do this, choose shoes with grip and non-slip soles (for example Vibram soles), offering good protection, and cushioning to move safely in the technical areas.
To finish off with the necessary equipment for the via ferrata, we also advise you to equip yourself with a headlamp, a lighter, asurvival blanket and a first aid kitto deal with small and big problems alike. And to carry all this, and to avoid any objects falling out of your pockets, we recommend aclimbing backpack, perfectly adapted to the practice of via ferrata.
As you will have understood, getting the right via ferrata equipment will ensure a serene practice... and a memorable day! Discover our Via Ferrata packs!
If the via ferrata helmet,climbing harness and the via ferrata kit or lanyard are absolutely essential, we strongly advise you to complete your preparation by equipping yourself with via ferrata shoes, gloves and other materials.
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