An exciting way of exploring the mountains
As you probably know, via ferrata in Italian means “iron path”. Quite an accurate description for this type of Alpine route. It involves steel cables that run periodically every 1 to 10 m along the rocky surface of a (usually) rocky enclave. You can move along this path with special via ferrata equipment or use the cables to aid your ascent. It’s a fantastic way to combine hiking with climbing.
Why choose a via ferrata route?
Via ferratas allow access to otherwise dangerous or highly demanding routes to be undertaken without the involving major risks, the need for specialised climbing equipment such as ropes, picks and axes, or professional climbing knowhow. Additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps, ladders and bridges are often provided along via ferrata hiking trials. They offer relatively inexperienced hikers to enjoy dramatic, relatively difficult ascents, normally reserved for professional mountaineers or pro rock climbers.
Some basic mountaineering experience is crucial, of course, as is not suffering from vertigo. A local guide also comes in handy if you’re a via ferrata first-timer.
Some of the top via ferrata routes in Slovenia are the “Prag route” on Mount Triglav, with its steep passages and exposed areas, the “Hanz route” on Mala Mojstrovka, which runs down a gravel path and is suitable for families, and the “Kopišcar route” on Prisojnik, with its almost vertical drops and narrow cracks, this via ferrata is very demanding and should be attempted with great caution, but it’s definitely worth, as it involves encountering a breath-taking natural window. Avid and experienced climbers can also tackle the frozen waterfalls in Prisojnik’s lower areas
When to hit the via ferrata routes in Slovenia?
The best time to go climbing is from spring to autumn. Via ferrata conditions are most favourable in June and September. There are less crowds and the heat in bearable.
The ideal thing about this kind of trip is that you get taken to the place where you climb, get geared up with all the equipment you need, and most importantly, you’re accompanied by a professional local guide, who shows you everything you need to know. It’s absolutely safe and exceptionally fun. You can enjoy the rugged cliffs carefree and practice your rock-climbing skills.
See you in the mountains!
Pro Mountain Guide, born and raised in Cortina d’Ampezzo, with a wide know-how of the Dolomiti and years of experience in the mountains. This is my blog. Do you want to receive my posts by email? Subscribe to the newsletter!