Via Ferrata Virgins – getting started at via ferrata

If you have never done a via ferrata before, then there are some things you need to know and consider to have fun and stay safe.

Me on the Via Ferrata Lamon.

Your level of experience

If you are a confident rock climber or a hiker with experience of scrambling, then you should feel comfortable with much of the practice of via ferrata.  You are also likely to have the essential skills and knowledge that comes from being in the mountains that you need to keep you safe.  However, even with these skills and knowledge, I would recommend getting yourself familiar with what a via ferrata involves before trying one.

Even though I came to via ferrata with rock climbing, scrambling and hiking experience, I found reading up on the subject and speaking with friends I knew who had done via ferrata to be really useful.  Read more

Campsites for via ferrata in the Dolomites

Camping Colfosco and Sassongher in the Dolomites, Italy

In the past I’ve found it quite hard to find much out about campsites in the Italian Dolomites that are convenient for via ferrata.  This is why I have written reviews of the campsites I have used in the Dolomites and put them online here.  I will add further reviews to this page when I can.

I would be really interested in anyone else’s thoughts and suggestions on campsites that make a good base for via ferrata.