My Salewa #getvertical mountain experience

Ever done a Via Ferrata? To me it’s the perfect mix of hiking and climbing in the mountains and enjoying the benefits of both. Here is why it’s the perfect mountain experience.

via-ferrata-Tridentina

I love the outdoors. And of course the views from the top of a mountain range are most rewarding and there’s nothing like enjoying the scenery after having accomplished that peak… However I admit I’m not too much of a climber – Feeling the wind on exposed cliffs up high can be rather nerve-racking and climbing shoes are a pain in my opinion, quite literally. But I do like Via Ferratas, which are secured climbing paths and generally easier than climbing and you can pick your challenge in the level of difficulty. You secure yourself to a cable using a Via Ferrata kit, no need to carry a rope.

Via Ferratas were first used in alpine Northern Italy in the Dolomites. So Corvara in Alta Badia seemed the perfect starting point for a Salewa #getvertical base camp. Here’s a brief summary of a fantastic weekend in the mountains. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your next trip?

We “fuelled up” our energy at Piz Boe Alpine Lounge the night before

salewa-aperitif

and started the next morning with a BMW test drive to our starting point at 1956m altitude: the Via Ferrata Brigata Tridentina.

BMW-test-drive

Extraordinary weather and truly impressive views!

alta bad view Corvara

However lots of people must have thought the same. It sure was the busiest Via Ferrata I’d ever done : there was quite a bit of a queue …

via-ferrata-rocks

Once we reached the top, we made our way to the Refugio Pisciadù at 2583m for a well-deserved beer

refugio-pisciadu-dolomites

and prepared for the night camping out. We got to test Salewa equipment throughout the trip – I particularly found the harness and Via Ferrata kit really light. And of course I’m always looking to see how to pack light. 😉

salewa-base-camp-pisciadu

The next day we hiked up Piz Boè summit at 3152m and followed the ridge down to the Franz Kostner hut. Mountain weather being rather changeable, we saw quite a bit of mist that day, but thankfully no rain. It might have been a good thing not seeing the drop either side of the ridge at times. 😉

descending-piz-boe

The descent on the next day was rounded off by another BMW test drive along windy mountain roads back to Corvara. They even filmed us (!):

If you’d like to do a similar Via Ferrata tour, check with the local guides.
I can also recommend Arco at Lake Garda for great Via Ferratas, too. Lake Garda is not too far and makes a nice combination for those who like a sunny beach as well. We stopped by on the way home.

sunset-lake-garda

fishermen-lake-garda

Wanna see more picture? Just click here.

Or watch below video by a fellow hiker, check out his blog at www.aboyonadventures.at.

iTravel4life

I have been a traveller and expat for over 15 years. So far my nomad lifestyle has allowed me to live and work in seven countries including the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Moving country, studying abroad and a passion for travel has been part of most of my adult life.

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