Challenging, fun and even life-changing, Via Ferrata are routes on rock faces protected by a mixture of fixed cables, chains, staples, ladders, rope bridges and zip lines, to which the climber is always attached by at least one piece of personal protection. They became popular after many were put up in the Dolomites during WWI to help military units access hard to reach terrain, and are a great way to safely access spots normally reserved for more experienced climbers.
Open to anyone with a sense of adventure, Via Ferrata have jump-started the career of many a climber and mountaineer. You don’t need any special skills or climbing experience to do a Via Ferrata (though you do need some specialised safety equipment), and they’re a great way to get your first experience of real climbing whilst in a very safe environment.
Routes are graded according to climbing difficulty and seriousness, and range from grade 1 for complete novices (little climbing, short, lots of escape routes and little exposure), to grade 5 for more experienced climbers (technical climbing moves, a high level of strength and fitness required, long, dizzying exposures, few/no escape routes).
This makes it easy to choose a route that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their experience or head for heights. If you take a guide you’ll be far safer and will enjoy the experience a lot more. Luis has over 25 years’ experience guiding Via Ferrata in Malaga and will provide you with all the specialised equipment and know-how to make your day not only a memorable one, but a safe one!
A few days with Luis will teach you the skills and knowledge to go on to climb Via Ferrata safely alone, and will give you a great initiation to the world of “real” rock climbing. Luis provides all the gear you’ll need – harness, helmet, lanyards, anchor slings, carabiners and descenders. There is an incredible variety of world-class Via Ferrata close to Malaga, of all levels, from short routes taking around an hour to longer all-day routes. Luis knows every single one of them (including some you won’t find in any guidebooks) and delights in sharing the very best of them with his clients. What better way to spend a day in the sun than climbing some of Luis’s favourite routes with him, and still be down in time for your evening meal and a celebratory beer in Malaga.