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Top tips for vie ferratas

Safety on fixed-rope routes

Safety first – 15 tips

Please follow these instructions so as not to endanger yourself or others. Thank you for your cooperation and don’t forget: safety rules!

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Choose a via ferrata route only if you feel you are in good physical condition.
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In case of unfavourable weather conditions, especially when a storm is expected, it is strongly recommended not to attempt any ascent. Your life could be at risk!
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Do not attempt a via ferrata alone as no one can sound the alarm in an emergency.
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Wind, rain and other climbers all increase the risk of falling rocks.
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Always check the entire feasibility of the route before starting; weather damage or similar might make it difficult to tackle certain sections.
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Use the right gear and safety techniques (helmet, climbing harness, via ferrata set with double carabiners and automatic locking device and via ferrata brake).
 
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Wear a helmet even on the approach, as rockfalls can pose a risk even before you start a route.
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When crossing, always fix both carabiners on the safety rope; when passing the fixed point, only release the second carabiner when the first carabiner is clipped back onto the safety rope.
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Only one climber per section between two fixed points!
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Wear appropriate clothing, climbing shoes and climbing gloves according to the altitude, season and route length to protect your hands when in contact with metal parts.
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Be especially careful on simpler routes without a safety rope.
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Check the condition of the auxiliary or belaying equipment in the wall as this may have been damaged by the weather. If in doubt about the safety ropes or other climbing aids, or in the event of any other danger, stop and immediately send an email to info@gardatrentino.it to inform them of the situation.
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Find out how many people are on the route before you start. Problems and dangers can arise if there are too many climbers – consider an alternative route in this case.
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These safety instructions cannot in any way replace the special introductory courses offered by Alpine clubs and mountain guides. If you do not have sufficient climbing experience, always make sure you are accompanied by a mountain guide.
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The use of every via ferrata is at your own risk.
NOT FEELING SAFE ENOUGH? CALL ONE OF OUR mountain GUIDES!