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Author Topic: Via Ferreta  (Read 618 times)

DLottmann

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Via Ferreta
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:47:36 PM »

I've never done this, and it goes against so many ethics in the rock climbing world... but damn it looks fun:

https://www.google.com/search?q=via+ferrata&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=86cuUZu5OIXN0wGZlIDQBg&sqi=2&ved=0CHYQsAQ&biw=1248&bih=796
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 07:53:03 PM »

Not too many of them i the US. Not sure you can call the ones in Acadia a via ferrata, but if they are it's on the lower levels. Yes, it's not climbing, but can be plenty fun. For the Alps there are books and books about them as there are so many. One more spectacular than the other.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 09:23:25 PM »

Speaking of Via Verrata:

-----------NEWS from CPSC-----------
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, www.cpsc.gov
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Liberty Mountain Recalls Mountain Climbing Lanyards Due to Risk of Serious Injury

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: February 27, 2013

Recall number: 13-128

Name of product: Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyards

Hazard: The elastic webbing on the lanyards can deteriorate over time and break while in use, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the climber.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lanyards and contact Liberty Mountain for a refund or replacement.

Consumer Contact: Liberty Mountain; toll-free at (800) 366-2666, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or online at www.libertymountain.com. Click on "Contact Us" for more information.

Pictures available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Liberty-Mountain-Recalls-Mountain-Climbing-Lanyards/

Description: This recall involves Easy Go XP Lock Via Ferrata Lanyards used for shock absorption on Via Ferrata mountain climbing routes. The lanyard has two elasticized webbing branches with self-locking carabiners at each end. Recalled units can be identified by the elasticized webbing. "EASY GO XP LOCK" is printed on a white tag sewn into the zipper pouch.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Specialty climbing shops nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other internet retailers between April 2011 to August 2012 for about $120.

Importer: Liberty Mountain, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Manufacturer: Singing Rock, of Ponikla, Czech Republic

Manufactured in: Czech Republic
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 11:57:42 PM »

Wild..have you seen this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXsRYjJsW3w
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 07:25:45 AM »

Dman

It's not climbing but it is super fun. I went to Italy twice in the summer to do that:
https://plus.google.com/photos/107947173440570319085/albums/5640797332335561505?banner=pwa
You get to see a lot vertical real estate fast, in a beautiful setting. The longer ones bring you quite high and you need to have an "alpine" head.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 12:01:17 PM »

This looks like a blast!

DMan, curious why you think this goes against rock climbing ethics?
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 12:29:52 PM »

https://plus.google.com/photos/107947173440570319085/albums/5640797332335561505?banner=pwa
You get to see a lot vertical real estate fast, in a beautiful setting. The longer ones bring you quite high and you need to have an "alpine" head.
Looks great. Thanks for sharing.
I hope to be able to do this in The Alps or Dolomites with my daughter some day.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 07:27:29 PM »

DMan, curious why you think this goes against rock climbing ethics?

Really? Is this Ivan Greene? j/k

But seriously?
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 07:30:18 PM »

Nice vid DPen
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2013, 08:05:51 AM »

that video is pretty cool... what a shame it's in such a state of disrepair. I wonder who built it? it's really not a traditional via feratta tho.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2013, 08:53:18 AM »

Al, here is some more info about Camino del Rey. They are restoring it as we speak. It's not in such bad shape considering it was built 1905..

http://blog.thecheaproute.com/guide-to-el-camino-del-rey-el-chorro-spain/
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2013, 07:03:00 AM »

DMan, aren't ethics governed by the practices accepted in a given area?

Via ferratta has been a sport in Europe Since the 19th century. I am sure they have their own ethics surrounding the development of new routes and prudent argument would be in favor of protecting established and potential traditional or sport climbing areas from development into via ferratta lines.

So, as long as they are keeping with local tradition how is this and ethical argument?

I think it looks like a great way to get someone introduced to alpine style climbing, probably has merit for fitness and acclimatization, and just looks like a hell of a lot of fun!
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2013, 07:13:41 AM »

When I was riding my bike in the Pyreenees several years ago there were several places you could look over and see Vera ferattas on the mountainsides with people on them. I didn't have time to give it a try, but I wanted too. Maybe next trip.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2013, 08:08:36 AM »

If you want to try a small Via Ferreta with a 300' suspension bridge there was one at Nelson's Rocks in West Virginia. I've never been on it but watched many using it when I was climbing there back in the day before the owner mandated using a guide service.
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Re: Via Ferreta
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2013, 06:40:51 PM »

Yea man, It's wonderful.   I was in the Dolomites, went up a 1,500' VF with moves up to 5.6.   Ascended into a snowstorm, topped and walked down the other side, met my wife in town for an amazing meal and bottle of wine.  It doesn't get any better. 
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