Via ferrate are equipped routes, prepared with metal cables, ladders or steps, and other fixed features such as wooden walkways and suspension bridges. These man-made aids facilitate passage in difficult points such as exposed vertical rock faces.
To ensure your safety when moving along a via ferrata route you need to use a via ferrata kit. This consists of a protective helmet, a body harness, ferrata gloves and a ferrata set.
The ferrata set consists of two ropes, carabiners and a dissipater (serves to cushion a potential fall, reducing the risk of injury).
You may also need an ice-axe and crampons, depending on season and location, or a headlamp if you are planning to enter some of the numerous tunnels excavated during World War I.
You can rent via ferrata kits in sport shops in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The easier ferrata routes are usually called sentiero ferrata (ferrata trail), while the more difficult ones are called via ferrata. But even a simple route can easily become difficult and dangerous in icy or snowy conditions, and sudden changes in weather can make even a simple route challenging.
The length of the route also impacts the degree of difficulty of a via ferrata excursion.
We advise excursionists to tackle via ferrata routes in the company of a mountain guide.
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Cortina d’Ampezzo has 850 sport climbing routes and more than 1000 classic and modern climbing routes.
One of the most famous and magnificent climbing areas is the south face of the Tofana di Rozes, which offers climbs of various lengths and levels of difficulty in a majestic setting.
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The historic 5 Torri area, where the legendary red-shirted Cortina Scoiattoli (Squirrels) climbing club was formed back in 1939, is one of the most famous climbing areas in Cortina with a vast array of sport climbing routes at every level of difficulty.
Youngsters can also get a taste of the buzz of climbing at the climbing wall in Corso Italia, with the supervision of Alpine guides.
During summer the guides organise rock climbing courses for adults, with 3 levels: a basic 2-day course, an advanced 3-day course and a 4-day climbing camp. For children, various courses are available, such as the climbing for fun course and mini rock climbing courses.
All the courses last 3 days and begin on Mondays and Thursdays.