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Via Ferrata Travel Insurance

If you are planning a trip and you will be taking oart in Via Ferrata, you should have a Travel Insurance in place before you leave your home.

Italian for Iron Road, a Via Ferrata is a very specific type of Rock Climbing route that is mainly found in the Alps. This is a very challenging adventure sport, which combines elements of Rock Climbing, Rock Scrambling, Mountaineering and Hiking. A Via Ferrata is often the one and only way to reach certain places in the Alps, a way to reach towering mountain peaks and access otherwise unreachable spots on rocky cliffs. Its name is quite appropriate, the route basically consisting of a hiking and climbing route made up of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders, pegs, bridges and carved steps.

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Via Ferrata

A Via Ferrata is often the one and only way to reach certain places in the Alps, a way to reach towering mountain peaks and access otherwise unreachable spots on rocky cliffs. Its name is quite appropriate, the route basically consisting of a hiking and climbing route made up of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders, pegs, bridges and carved steps.

The beauty of a Via Ferrata is that it allows relatively inexperienced adventurers to access dramatic mountain peaks in a fairly easy way. It is safer than regular Rock Climbing in the sense that the route is already set out and all things to hang on to pegs, rungs, ladders are already in place. There is also no need to use sometimes complicated climbing equipment. Helmets, protective clothing and proper hiking boots are, in fact, essential, though.

Via Ferratas are generally not particularly long, neither in time nor in distance. They range in time from one hour to a full day, but you will not find the need to spend the night in the mountains when doing a Via Ferrata. However, that being said, there are certain Regions where you have the option to piece several Via Ferratas together and overnight in a mountain cabin, which makes for a rather exhilarating trekking experience.

Popular Locations for Via Ferrata

Via Ferratas are most often associated with the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy, which are a part of the southern Alps. This spectacular region with imposing mountain peaks was made more accessible during World War I by building these Via Ferratas, or iron roads.

Nowadays, there are more than 1,000 Via Ferratas, the vast majority of which are located in Italy and Austria. If you are looking for a destination to experience a Via Ferrata, the Italian Dolomites are where you want to go.

Common Injuries with Via Ferrata

Common injuries that can occur while doing a Via Ferrata include the following:

  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Dislocated joints
  • Contusions
  • Concussion
  • Broken bones and other fractures
  • Strains and sprains

Via Ferrata Equipment

As mentioned above, what makes the Via Ferratas so attractive is the fact that no fancy climbing gear is needed to do this. The only necessary, essential equipment includes sturdy hiking boots, protective clothing and, most important, a safety helmet.

This is an incredibly exciting, fun and rewarding activity, but only if you make it back to the bottom in one piece! It is a challenging thing to do, after all. Therefore, always make sure that you do wear those few pieces of gear.

Important Information

You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.

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