Other wise known as Iron ways. Via ferratas are hitting the mountains by storm throughout the Alps and the Pyrenees. Here in Andorra Via Ferratas are free to use, however it does require some equipment which is easily rented in shops in the area. What’s required?? Harness, Helmet, Y bungy Lanyard and a good pair of walking shoes. Andorra hosts 16 in a range of different levels.
How does it work?? A blank mountain wall covered with ladder rungs, bolts, chains, bridges and cables. The Y lanyard is attached to your harness, and the other two ends are attached to the cable with lockable carabiners. As you make your way up the face of the mountain you continue to transfer your safety lanyard one carabiner at a time onto the cable as you pass the anchor bolts which attaches the cable to the mountain side.
Why do it?? Why not?? leave your fear of heights at home. Some sections aren’t for the faint hearted. However, Via ferratas are classified in levels, which are according to the vertical ascent and the complexity of the route. There are always some in the area for beginner level and some easy enough for children to do. Once you have reached the top, you have a nice walk back down following a footpath, on occasions the walk down is as steep as the walk up. There is an option to go with a guide which is highly recommended especially if you are attempting it for the first time or with children. However if you have some or little experience in the outdoors or climbing it is possible to go alone. No matter how many times you do them, there is always a feeling of accomplishment.