The perfect equipment for via ferrata
Via ferrata is a mountain activity that involves climbing routes equipped with fixed cables, ladders, bridges, and other aids to assist climbers along exposed and challenging terrain. Proper equipment is essential to ensure safety and comfort during via ferrata climbing.
Here’s a list of the essential equipment for via ferrata
Helmet: A climbing helmet is crucial to protect your head from falling rocks, debris, and potential impacts.
You head has no price tag, so invest in a good one, and always wear it!
Perfect protection and minimal weight. The Petzl Sirocco is the ideal partner for ambitious climbers looking for an ultra-light helmet that still protects the head well. Increased protection is ensured by the deeper design in the neck area, while the excellent ventilation ensures maximum comfort. The hybrid construction consists of a helmet shell made of EPP foam (expanded polypropylene) and a hard outer shell with injected EPS foam (expanded polystyrene). Weight: 170 g. Test mark: UIAA 106. visor/screen: without. Compatible with Vizion face shield. Intended use: climbing.
Harness: A climbing harness should be comfortable, adjustable, and have designated attachment points for securing yourself to the via ferrata cable using lanyards or energy-absorbing devices.
Ex: Petzl Corax
Lanyards or Energy Absorbers: These are used to attach yourself to the via ferrata cable. Energy-absorbing lanyards are designed to reduce the impact force in the event of a fall.
ex: Black Diamond Easy Rider Via Ferrata
The new Black Diamond Easy Rider Via Ferrata set is easy to clip and features an innovative carabiner with lock/unlock mechanism. This detail allows efficiency and style on the via ferrata. Two Easy Rider carabiners are equipped with an internal locking mechanism with push/clamp activation for easy operation with one hand. The sling, which is attached directly to the climbing harness, is designed for users weighing between 40 and 120 kg according to the EN 958: 2017 standard.
An adjustable safety line
Designed for climbing and mountaineering, CONNECT ADJUST is a single positioning lanyard that allows users to tether themselves to an anchor. The adjustable arm allows the length to be adapted for easier handling. With an ergonomic shape, the ADJUST rope adjuster allows simple and quick one-handed length selection of the adjustable arm.
Ex: Petzl Connect Adjust
A fixed safety line in Y (2 different length of rope)
1 safety line in Y
2 Petzl Vertigo Wire-Lock or any cheaper one
Climbing Gloves: Sturdy gloves protect your hands from abrasions and enhance grip when handling the via ferrata equipment, cables, and metal fixtures.
Appropriate Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots or approach shoes with good traction are essential to provide grip on rocky terrain and for stepping on rungs and footholds.
Clothing: Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing. Consider lightweight, moisture-wicking layers that allow for freedom of movement. Depending on the climate and conditions, you may need a windproof or waterproof jacket as well.
Backpack: A small backpack can carry essentials such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, and any extra layers of clothing.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s rays, as via ferrata routes can often be exposed to direct sunlight.
Navigation and Safety Equipment: Depending on the route and location, you may need a map, compass, or GPS device. Additionally, a whistle, a small flashlight, and a multi-tool can be useful.
Personal First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit for minor injuries.
Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated and bring energy-boosting snacks to maintain your energy levels.
Buying a Via Ferrata Set
This specialized set usually includes two lanyards with carabiners, designed specifically for via ferrata climbing. Some sets also incorporate an energy-absorbing element.
Remember that the equipment you choose should be suited to your level of experience, the difficulty of the route, and the specific conditions of the via ferrata. Before embarking on a via ferrata climb, it’s essential to have proper training, know how to use the equipment correctly, and follow safety guidelines. If you’re new to via ferrata, consider going with a certified guide who can provide instruction and ensure your safety throughout the climb.