Trail PLUS � Dolomites via ferrata special

What kit do you need to take on your first via ferrata route? And just how beautiful are the Italian Dolomites?

Well we answered these questions as best we could in Trail's October 2013 issue, but when it comes to something this special� one magazine just isn't enough. So, we've put together this page to elaborate and illustrate some further details that needed a little extra space.

Below you'll find a guide to essential via ferrata kit, some bonus pictures of the routes that Trail scaled and links to spectacular 360-degree panoramas that we shot in-between clinging to cliff-edges for dear life.

If you'd like to enjoy your own Dolomites adventure, we can strongly recommend travelling with Collett's Mountain Holidays. Find them at www.colletts.co.uk.

 

Bonus photos
Click on the images to the right to view some of the photographs from the Dolomites that didn't make it into the magazine pages.

 

Dolomites trip report
While much of the gear you'll need for via ferrata is the same that you use for other mountain activities, there are a few pieces of kit which, if you're usually a hill walker rather than a climber, you won't necessarily already own. Luckily, most of it can be hired, so you don't have to go out and spend a fortune if you're just dipping your toe in the via ferrata waters.


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Dolomite panoramas
Click on the images below to view 360 degree panoramas of  the Dolomites' incredible scenery.


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On the Via Ferrata Delle Trincee
Via ferrata bridges aren't like normal bridges. Indeed, some of them barely deserve the title of bridge at all. 'Elevated spanning obstacle' might be a more accurate description. Believe it or not, the bridge in the video below is one of the better examples...