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Route features

What is included in the "Route features" box?

The Ferrate Features box includes tags we used to group via ferrata routes. Each tag represents a characteristic of the aided itinerary. It is possible to filter the via ferratas that have this tag in common and on the page of Routes that inside the special Filter by Features.

We have 12 Tags:

- High Mountain

- Short Approach

- Cable car during the approach

- Cable car during the discent

- Tunnels

- Glacier

- Historical interest

- Alpine Itinerary

- Long Itinerary

- Suspended bridges

- Stairs

- Zip Line

What is meant by High Mountain in ferrate filters?

We mean those itineraries that are carried out at high altitudes and by this factor they require more experience and planning to take care of the risks associated with atmospheric changes, long returns, etc. If a trip reaches or exceeds 3000 m , we consider it as High Mountain. In some cases, we consider High Mountain also trips under 3000 meters in very rough environments (ex: Ferrata Corno del Grevo, Ferrata del Camino Glacier).

What is considered as Short Approach?

All via ferratas with approach less than 30 minutes.

What is meant by Gallery

Itinerary including a tunnel where the use of a frontal torch is necessary or recommended.

What is meant by Glacier as a feature of a via ferrata?

Those ferrate that - even in the late summer season - present glaciers or areas with snowfields that require or recommend the use of winter mountaineering equipment, for example the Terzulli Ferrata at the Adamello, the Ferrata delle Bocchette Alte and many others.

What is meant by Long Itinerary?

An itinerary that involves a high physical effort due to its length or duration. In particular, we consider long, longer itineraries of at least 15 km or 6 hours in duration.

Evaluation of the Itinerary

What is meant by Environmental Difficulties?

As an evaluation criterion for the difficulty of the via ferrata, we have included environmental difficulties to enclose all those components related to the environment where the trip takes place. For example, they are taken into account:

  • the altitude where the route develops, for example while maintaining medium technical difficulties, a climb to Punta Penia on the Marmolada leads to a greater environmental difficulty than a similar low-altitude via ferrata;
  • severe environment, for example the presence of glaciers or exposed or unprotected stretches of the excursion such as to increase the degree of difficulty of the trip;
  • the lack of support (ex: bivouacs, shelters) that in case of bad weather could make the excursion potentially dangerous;
  • the descent, for example, the Mount Contrario ferrata on the Apuan Alps presents a path of return (Pradacetti path) particularly exposed and difficult enough to push several hikers to take the ferrata in both directions.
What is meant by Technical Difficulties?

The technical difficulties refer to the level of the aided individual steps by referring to a scenario in which the self-insurance equipment is not used for traction.

The technical difficulties do not refer to difficulties in approaching or returning. These aspects are considered in Environmental Difficulties.

Does the physical commitment only take into account the via ferrata or the whole itinerary?

The whole itinerary.

Route details

What is meant by Maximum Altitude?

The maximum altitude reached in the itinerary described in the report, not necessarily just the via ferrata.

What is meant by Via Ferrata Altitude Gap?

For each Via Ferrata in the box "Route Details", the Via Ferrata Altitude Gap consider the difference in height between the start of the aided sections and the end of the climb as indicated in the report (this could be well beyond the end of the aided sections). The ups and downs are not taken into account.

What is Length?

It is the indicative length (not precise by the meter) of the itinerary indicated in the report.

Is the absolute altitude gap considered?

There are two fields: one for the Via Ferrata Altitude Gap and one for the Route Altitude Gap or equipped sections. Ups and downs are not considered, but just the absolute gap in altitude in meters for both cases.

Google Maps of the Via Ferrata

How do I get the Google Maps available on my smartphone?

Here are the simple steps.

1. First you must have clicked on one of the social media link sharing buttons. You will then see a "Access Map" button that directs you to the Google Maps page with all the via ferratas.

2. If you are already logged in to Google, it will be automatically added to your maps. If you are not logged in, you must log in or create a Google account (free).

3. From your browser or Google Maps App, you can always access the map from https://www.google.com/maps, click on the top left of the menu, then on "My Places" and then "Maps ". The "Vie Ferrate Map in Italy" will now be available.

4. Once the map is open, all the ferrate placeholders can be seen. It is possible to search by entering text or by filtering by difficulty. By clicking on the placemark in short, the time required by car to reach the indicated place will be visible.

How much does it cost to have access to Google Maps with all the railways?

Nothing.

Having access to the map of Google Maps that we have created with all the railways in Italy is free. We ask you in exchange for only sharing on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus) to help us promote our site for free.

To gain free access click here.

Reports of the Via Ferrata

What rating scale do you use for via ferrata difficulties?

We use a scale of 1 to 5 which corresponds to:

  • 1 -> F = Easy
  • 2 -> PD = Little / Moderately difficult
  • 3 -> D = Difficult
  • 4 -> TD = Very difficult
  • 5 -> ED = Extremely difficult

In our assessment, the most difficult passage of the route is considered, so if a Via Ferrata with an average level 3 (AD) has also an overhanging passage of a higher grade, for example 4 (D), this Via Ferrata will be classified with technical difficulties 4.

Finally, we recall that the difficulty of the single step is characterized not only by objective factors (slope, size and quality of the holds, etc.) but also by subjective factors and that the scale adopted here is to be considered as an indication relating to just objective factors.

What is meant by Opportunities within each relationship?

Since we too are great fans of aided routes, we have decided to suggest some nearby itineraries that can be combined with the excursion that is subject of the review within the same day or an adjacent day.

Are the maps on the site reliable?

The maps on the site are generally available on the website of Kompass which offers the possibility of using a simplified version of paper maps online. Although useful, we recommend having a detailed paper map before embarking on routes in unknown areas.

In the via ferrata map, what does the placeholder refer to?

The placeholder on the Google Maps map of the via ferrata refers to the most convenient place to park your car to undertake the route following the review on Ferrate365. In the various reviews of via ferrata, the province in which the placeholder is indicated is considered to be the province to which the ferrata belongs. For example, the Via Ferrata Danesi is geographically in the province of L'Aquila, however the suggested itinerary starts from Prati di Tivo in the province of Teramo.

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