Via Ferrata

The via ferrata, a unique experience to do with family or friends in Savoie.

The via ferrata (from the Latin meaning "railway") is an itinerary located on a rock face, equipped with specific elements (cables, ladders, ramps etc.) The ascent is made safe by means of lanyards, fixed on the harness, which are hooked onto a cable, to the wall (called "lifeline") present along the entire route. Going on a via ferrata is an intermediate activity between hiking and climbing. This activity is ideal for discovering magnificent landscapes and verticality while enjoying the sensations.

The short history of the via ferrata

The origin of the Via Ferrata is actually in the Dolomites. During the First World War, many battles took place in the mountains and in order to guide soldiers through the mountains to take up a strategic position, steel cables were often attached to the mountain walls. They were used to facilitate the passage of troops from one valley to another in the Dolomites.  Later, this was used recreationally. The first lines were built in France in the 1990s. While in the Dolomites they are often located in the high mountains, in France they are more often close to tourist centres. These routes may be shorter but often have a spectacular character. The level of difficulty is determined by different factors. The degrees of difficulty of the itineraries are indicated from A (very easy) to E (very difficult).

The equipment needed for this activity

To survey the rocky paths of the Alps, the following equipment is necessary:

A climbing harness equipped with a via ferrata lanyard with two carabiners and an energy absorber ;
A helmet;
A 30-metre rope and additional carabiners, screw or half knot (also called HMS) ;
Resistant gloves
This technical equipment is included in the price of the activity and provided by the service providers. However, it is important that you are well equipped on your side thanks to a pair of shoes with good soles, with raised soles (such as trail or hiking boots). We advise you to take a backpack containing: rain clothes, water, some food, a small first aid kit (with bandages, bandages, etc.). The pleasure of a small chocolate bar at the top of a rock face will become your most spectacular snack!

It is important to take a good look at the level of the course and check that you and your climbing companions can handle it. Don't hesitate to ask the professionals for advice according to your profile. For experienced climbers, make sure you always have a map, take the weather into account, so be well informed in advance of the weather forecast and always warn other climbers if rocks fall.

The via Ferrata in Savoie

One of the most frequently used examples is Miolene's Via Ferrata Saix. This route has a difficulty level of D/E. The starting altitude is 1,030 metres and the final altitude is 1,250 metres. Starting from the Chapel of Abundance and lasting approximately one to two hours, you will discover the beauty of our landscapes. In Annecy, there is also a beautiful Via Ferrata of easy level which lasts about three hours, where you can alternatively walk, climb on bars, rappel, zip line and monkey bridge. This circuit is accessible to beginners from 12 years old. In Savoie, there are different types of Via Ferrata. You will discover breathtaking landscapes and return home with memories full of memories.