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Rw541120
Rw541120
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Mar 29, 2020 - 7:46 PM

My husband saw a hike that had gear and clip ins on the side of a mountain you were going along metal footholds that were in the side of the mountain? Does anyone know what hike this is? Assuming it is guided?

1960man
1960man
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Mar 29, 2020 - 11:18 PM in reply to Rw541120

There are lots of these. They are called Via Ferrata. They exist all over Switzerland and Europe now. They are not guided.

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Lungworm
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AlanPrice
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Mar 31, 2020 - 11:40 PM in reply to Rw541120

Hi,

The via Ferattas are called Kletterteig in german and are of all grades, although even the easier ones have an element of exposure about them. They are graded from K1 to K5 which measures more your stamina than anything else. Some mountain experience would be recommended for the higher grades, although I did see a couple of people on the Allmenalp who had never been off flat ground before. They didn't appear to be enjoying themselves.

You can hire a guide for some Klettersteige such as the Allmenalp near Kandersteg (K4) and the one at Mürren does guided tours (K3). Another easier one is the Eiger-Rotstock (K2) on the shoulder of the Eiger. It's historically significant having first been laid out in 1899. There are some great photos of ladies going up the ladders in period clothes.

The Allmenalp www.allmenalp.ch/aktivitaeten/klettersteig/

Mürren-Gimmelwald klettersteig-muerren.ch/index.php/de/

Ildiko
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Apr 1, 2020 - 5:30 AM in reply to Rw541120

Hi Rw541120,

here you can read a trip report with a few pictures about a via ferrata near Mürren: www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/via-ferrata-murren-report-go-for-it.

If you think a via ferrata is too much, you can try maybe an adventure park. There won't be a nice view around, but you can climb, it is a bit similar to the via ferrata, just easier. There is one near Interlaken: www.seilpark-interlaken.ch/en. You'll find also one in Sion: parc-aventure.ch/en/home-en/. There are even more, it depends where you wish to go.

You'll find great hiking routes at www.myswissalps.com/hiking.

Ildiko

Last modified on Apr 1, 2020 - 5:30 AM by Ildiko

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