Via Ferratas have been around for centuries, but more recently have been sought after as the ultimate high alpine adventure! This assisted climbing course originated in Europe in the Austrian Alps and Italian Dolomites, but today can be found worldwide with a multitude of exciting opportunities to experience this thrilling high alpine adventure.
Visitors can find numerous Via Ferratas throughout the Austrian and Swiss Alps and the Dolomite Mountains, many of which date back to World War I, as troops utilized these features to gain vantage points in the alpine cliffsides. In the southern hemisphere, Peru’s Sacred Valley Via Ferrata offers a near 1,000ft metal rung climb that isn’t for the faint of heart, and adventurers can either rappel down or choose the high speed zipline for an exciting end to the adventure!
The highest Via Ferrata can be found in Kenya, with the course reaching heights of 16,355ft on the second highest mountain in Africa. Mount Kenya Via Ferrata traverses across this extinct volcano, representing a portion of the route to one of the mountain’s summits. North American adventurers still have the opportunity to traverse a Via Ferrata in The Rocky Mountains! AVA proudly offers two guided Via Ferrata courses, and Colorado also boasts several other opportunities to try out this unique climbing experience.