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Re: Via Ferrata

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thanx for information. Any info when season for ferratas generally starts? With weather being not so great for last month and plenty of snow in the mountains, I would expect that season opens little bit later. Or is there already some place in VD/VS that is open and safe to climb (ie not with snow/completely soaked)?
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Re: Via Ferrata

Don't know about the generally stating date, but the Via ferrata Farinetta is already open.
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Re: Via Ferrata

Champery is open. The first half of Chapelle de Abondance is open (2nd half is closed until June 15 for falcon nesting).
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Re: Via Ferrata

Just a quick update, I did Champery one on thursday, very nice and not difficult at all (one part before end might pose a problem for complete beginners, but maybe not). There is also beautiful path on vertical cliff overlooking Champery, and at the end there are cables between trees with various activities (dont remember the english name for it). Very nice, did it right after 1200m trek up & down on nearby slopes, so not so exhausting.
And today I did Farinetta, and it was an amazing experience. Didn't have any issues with second part, which is VERY impressive (verical, quite high, but good holds, sometimes hidden behind rocks ). In fact biggest issue was the first and second bridge. It is perfectly doable, but clipping in the middle of the bridge when there is another guy standing right after you is not very nice (what I mean, they should put there separate security rope, so you just walk through it, without stopping).
Highly recommended!

Oh and one more thing, I found these pages which I believe hold far more information than other sources I have seen so far:
https://sites.google.com/site/viafer.../via-ferratas/
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There is a very good one (apparently) in Leysins, all along the magnificent Mohican style rock called Tour d'Ai. Also a brilliant walk along along the Tour d'Ai, with magnificent views of the plains of Romandie on one side, and the Alps on the other. Take the cable car to the top from Leysins (great revolving restaurant at the top) then walk down the other side to the foot of Tour D'Ai and then on to the meandering footpath to the top for a picnic.
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yes the Leysin one was my first one There is even something smaller along the road from Leysin to restaurant on top (could be seen from cabin), but I didn't try. Probably some basic stuff
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Re: Via Ferrata

Hello here, sport fans. Quick questions - which ferratas are currently open here? I can confirm full Saillon (farinetta), Champery. Also Chapelle de Abondance first part should be open, as mentioned before. Many others seem to be closed till at least half of june because of bird nesting.
Is there any other possibility (especially in french area) for this weekend?
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Re: Via Ferrata

Fort l'ecluse is open. Rochers-de-Naye is open except for the last 150m. A group just went through Leysin last weekend (I haven't done it).

In France, Sixt-fer--Cheval is open.
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Now the nesting season for rare native birds is over, the Via Ferratta at the amazing lime-stone circle of the
CREUX-DU-VAN (near Noiraigue/Neuchatel) is now opened. Enjoy.
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Hello! I just moved to Switzerland, living in Sursee just outside of Lucerne. Are any of these via ferrata groups still going places? I'd love to join in! Thanks.
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Re: Via Ferrata

I would like to join as well. I prefer easier tours. I did some via ferratas but I have not climbed for a while and I would also like to take my 13 years old daughter.
Could you let me know which group to join and also if there is a planned tour?
Distance is not an issue - I drive and we plan to stay over the weekend.
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I am Looking for people to join me in Via Ferrata activities in the South and Western part of Switzerland, canton Neuchatel, Fribourg, Vaud, Valais. Any level welcome, including beginners, therefore the route will suite the level of the participants. Must have his/her own equipment.
Hi, I live in vevey, did my first Via Ferrata yesterday and loved it! Want to do more. So count me in. I borrowed my gear..

Where can I buy a via ferrata set at a good price?
Do they vary much in functionality, quality? Advice please. Also if I have friends who want to try can you hire the gear? If so where?
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Hi, I live in vevey, did my first Via Ferrata yesterday and loved it! Want to do more. So count me in. I borrowed my gear..

Where can I buy a via ferrata set at a good price?
Do they vary much in functionality, quality? Advice please. Also if I have friends who want to try can you hire the gear? If so where?
It's mainly the ergonomics that change from one set to the next. If you can get across the lake to Thonon, AVC has the widest selection.
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It's mainly the ergonomics that change from one set to the next. If you can get across the lake to Thonon, AVC has the widest selection.

I agree the ergonomics play a very big roll in the enjoyment (and I will say safety) of the experience.

The helmet and harness need to fit and do the job but the main difference is in the "Y". Some of them use a screw/pull down type of system of close the carabiner.

See this link (scroll down a bit). You want to get a system like this that allows you to "clip" onto the cable by pushing the carabiner against the wire. You do not want to pull down the closure sleeve to get the carabiner open/closed hundreds of times per Via ( a bit like a real carabiner).

What to buy Link: http://www.mammut.ch/en/productDetai...Ferrata-Y.html

This is the system I suggest you DO NOT use. Click on the photo to see the carabiner system.

What not to buy Link: http://www.auvieuxcampeur.fr/terre/v...sy-go-set.html

The time and safety difference in the two systems is amazing. The more complicated it is to clip on and off, the more chance of a mistake.

After that, there are two types of "Y". The Mammut one shown in the first link above (the standard style of the cord - also the one typically rental shops use) which I find people tend to get caught up on things more easily.

Or the more "elastic" system (see link below) that I prefer. It does not trail behind you and is in my mind a more comfortable solution. It is more expensive.

Link: http://www.mammut.ch/en/productDetai...ep-Bionic.html

Rentals Vevey:

http://www.altmannsports.ch/tarifs/t...-printemps-ete
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Re: Via Ferrata

Hello,
quick bump - last super shiny weekend I did 2 ferratas in Saas valley - Mittaghorn and Jagihron.
Mittaghorn was a joke - I would rate it F or even F-. I wasn't clipped on maybe 70% of time, basically a ridge walk with few places where you actually climb on ladder vertically, for 2-3 meters (that's the remaining 30% ). Almost no exposure. Great for beginners, boring for experienced (but altogether great hike from Saas Grund).
Jagihorn is a different kind - in fact different to any I have made here so far. Almost no steel holds, so unless you want to climb just with steel rope (which is annoying, and not fun at all) you have to climb on good old rock. In exposed areas (and there are quite a few) it really changes perspective. Holds are usually good, but rock is sometimes eroded. It's not that difficult, but if I knew I wouldn't take trekking shoes (which are OK on usual ones with lots of metal holds, and great for approach & descend) but dedicated ferrata shoes (hard sole, different materials, not so good for trekking). A very good and worthy D+. So far best ferrata I have done here (with tougher variant of Moleson as second).
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