Via ferrata is the name given to a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges enabling you to scale cliffs of varying height and difficulty with the minimum of equipment.
The name Via Ferrata actually comes from the Italian name Via Atrezzatta which means Equipped Route. Via Ferrata routes are completely equipped and secured with steel ladders, handrails, steel pegs and even small suspension bridges or Monkey Bridges to cross gaps and ravines. Cables run along side the route, which are clipped into for safety using a specially designed Via Ferrata Lanyard attached to a normal climbing harness. Many Via Ferratas are suited to anyone with a basic level of fitness, and are not necessarily just for experienced climbers. This makes Via Ferrata accessible to pretty much anyone who wants to give it a go.
Climbing ladders and crossing bridges may sound easy, but some Via Ferrata can be very strenuous with overhanging ladders and airy crossings, but the sense of exposure and views can be extremely exhilarating. Everyone should try a Via Ferrata at least once in their life!
Please Note: Most harnesses can be used for Via Ferrata so please check out our Harness section.