In addition to the equipment recommended for any type of mountain trekking (suitable clothing, robust footwear, backpack, first aid kit, food and drink), to ensure your safety when moving along a via ferrata route you need specific equipment. This consists of a protective helmet, a climbing harness, ferrata gloves and a ferrata set.
The ferrata set consists of an energy absorber, two arms that connect to the cable with carabiners, and a means of connecting to the harness. The energy absorber dissipate the energy triggered by a fall, reducing the risk of injury. You may sometimes also need an ice-axe and crampons, depending on place and season, or a headlamp if you are planning to enter some of the numerous tunnels of World War I.
Many of today’s via ferrata routes follow parts of the itineraries used by troops in World War I to approach the front.
There are currently more than 30 via ferrata itineraries around Cortina d’Ampezzo, offering a variety of different features and difficulty levels.
The easiest ones - such as the Ferrata dell’Averau or the Ferrata Giovanni Barbara at the Fanes waterfalls - are suitable for children and families, if accompanied by a mountain guide or an expert. The more challenging ones, such as Ferrata Sci Club 18 are for expert mountaineers only.