Come and try climbing on a via ferrata on Lake Garda. The light and colours of both mountains and the lake are impressive. Once you’ve reached the top you feel fine, free and at peace.
The via ferrata enables you to reach inaccessible places even without mountaineering skills; it requires effort and energy to reach the top of the mountain but, at the same time, it offers total safety conditions.
The many via ferrata on Lake Garda can vary from the super easy routes suitable for families with kids, medium level ones to enjoy the views, to difficult or very difficult tracks such as the via ferrata delle Taccole on Mount Baldo or R.Pisetta in Sarche.
My advice for beginners is to start step-by-step, going along with an alpine guide or an experienced friend and choosing an easy via ferrata.
What is a via ferrata and how to get started
A via ferrata is a mountain track equipped with steel cables, clamps, ladders and anchors to simplify climbing to the top of a mountain or reaching any other mountaineering spot in complete safety.
A harness, a via ferrata kit (longe, snap hooks and a heatsink) a helmet, a pair of gloves and what is usually needed for a trekking route is the mandatory gear to climb on a via ferrata.
Snap hooks must be clasped one after the other, unfastening the latter only when the first has already been hooked to the cable beyond the fixing spike.
Using the cable and the artificial handhold can put your arms under strain. When you find natural handholds remember to push with your feet. Avoid long steps and move forward with small and safe steps. Try to use natural handholds and use the cable just to get fastened with snap hooks.
Is it your first time on a via ferrata?
There are three via ferrata on Lake Garda: they are easy and perfect for your “first time” on a via ferrata.
Via ferrata Monte Colodri
Monte Colodri is a via ferrata that I usually recommend as it is easy and suitable also for kids. It is situated in Arco and it was built as a coming back road by the mountaineers on the routes of Monte Colodri.
Via ferrata Rio Sallagoni
The second (this was my first via ferrata) is a via ferrata underneath Castel Drena. It is situated on a small canyon and it is quite suggestive. I liked it so much that I go back there again and again.
Via ferrata F.Susatti in Cima Capi
Last but not least, there’s the queen of Lake Garda: via ferrata F.Susatti in Cima Capi which was the second ferrata I have tried. Easy and nice, very panoramic and quite long. I come back here at least once a year.
Take your back pack with you and go, there is something to suit every taste here on lake Garda. Have fun!