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
- Historical interest
- Alpine Itinerary
- Long Itinerary
- Suspended bridges
- Zip Line
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).
All via ferratas with approach less than 30 minutes.
Itinerary including a tunnel where the use of a frontal torch is necessary or recommended.
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.
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 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.
The whole itinerary.
The maximum altitude reached in the itinerary described in the report, not necessarily just the via ferrata.
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.
It is the indicative length (not precise by the meter) of the itinerary indicated in the report.
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.
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.
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We use a scale of 1 to 5 which corresponds to:
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.
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.
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.
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.