Practice via ferrata safely
Alteo Nature guides graduated in state climbing and canyoning
Just like canyoning, practicing via ferrata implies knowing the techniques specific to this activity as well as the necessary equipment. At Alteo, we assure you a safe outing with guides certified in state climbing and canyoning, and equipment with standards checked regularly.
The equipment needed for the via ferrata
What you should take
In order to progress with confidence, the guide will provide you with a helmet, a harness and via ferrata lanyards.
On your side, don't forget to take:
- Comfortable sneakers
- Appropriate clothing
- A cap
- Some water
The meeting is at 9am, it's 7am and it's raining, can I cancel?
We are in constant contact with the weather forecast and plan outings based on it. If however we make a mistake and we are hailstormed, it is obvious, for your safety, that the trip can be canceled.
The origins of the via ferrata
Several massifs are considered as precursors of the via ferrata but what is it really?
The Dolomites? Hoher Dachstein? Freissinières?
It is true that soldiers from the War of 14-18 had to equip the Italian cliffs in order to fight their enemies and gain height in order to dominate them. Galleries were then dug to serve as niches for cannon fire. But it was in Austria 70 years ago, in 1843, that the first via ferrata appeared as we know them today.
Hoher Dachstein would be the first summit to have hosted a tourist via ferrata. Many other routes will follow, including the via ferrata of the western edge of the Marmolada, the highest peak of the dolomites culminating at 3343 meters above sea level, whose reputation and attendance are no longer to be proven.
It was not until 100 years later, in 1988, that thanks to Lionel Condemine (a local guide) appeared the via ferrata of Freissinières, the first French via ferrata.
Alteo Nature invites you to explore the different routes of the Occitanie region:
- Via ferrata of St Séries
- Via ferrata of Thaurac
- Via ferrata of Liaucous
- Via ferrata of Rochefort
These courses are accessible from 8 years old whatever your level. You will be able to select the via ferrata that best suits you thanks to the technical and logistical details of each of them. Don't worry, we'll make sure you've made the right choice at the time of booking.