Guided via ferrata weekend in Engelberg
Explore the Alps with the exciting sport of via ferrata. Developed in the early 1900’s as a way for the military to travel through the rugged Alps; today it has become a favorite activity for those seeking high adventure. Climbing routes can be found throughout the Alps and they offer fantastic views with a physical challenge.
Via ferrata routes are made safe with modern equipment, techniques and climbing guides. The route difficulty is expressed using ratings K1-K5, with low numbers easier and higher numbers more difficult. Climbers are attached to a fixed cable that follows the route using lanyards and carabiners. This prevents the chance for a catastrophic fall. The cable and other fixtures, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps, and ladders and bridges, provide both footings and handholds. These fabricated holds make it possible to safely climb with your own strength on rocky ridges and faces not normally accessible.
Join us for a day of high-alpine fun that will challenge your strength and nerves, and will reward you with a feeling of elation and accomplishment.
This event is led by Antoine Chaboudez, climbing instructor.
What’s the plan?
The group will meet at Engelberg, Brunnibahn train station at 09:00. We will check and prepare our equipment before hiking up or taking the cable car to Brunnihütte (depending on the motivation of the group).
Just minutes from the hut start two Via Ferrata routes. The first route is at K1/K2 level and good for warming up and learning how Via Ferrata works. The second route is level K3/K4 and is more challenging, requiring more upper body strength. The easy access to these two routes makes them perfect for our arrival day. After a day of Via Ferrata adventures, we’ll come together for dinner and drinks at the hut and stay overnight.
The following day after breakfast for those who are motivated and fit, we can attempt the most challenging Via Ferrata route which includes a long hike with more elevation. An early start would be required. After another full day of adventures, we can either hike or take the chairlift/cable car back down to the valley.
No prior via ferrata or climbing experience is needed. However, participants should be confident in their physical ability, have no fear of heights and be willing to challenge themselves.
It is the participant’s responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue, including extreme sports. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).
How to get there
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
Zurich HB 07:10 – 09:02 Engelberg, Brunnibahn (via Luzern and Engelberg)
Engelberg, Brunnibahn 16:50 – 18:50 Zurich HB (via Engelberg and Luzern) – depending on the time the event finishes
-Hiking or climbing trousers
-Waterproof over trousers
-Sleeping bag liner
-Head lamp and spare batteries
-Hiking backpack (20-30L)
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
-Via ferrata gear: climbing harness, climbing helmet and via ferrata set (can be rented out)
-Sun screen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine
-Health insurance card
-Air rescue membership card (e.g. Rega, Air Glaciers)
You have the possibility to rent the following equipment in Brunni (price per day):
Climbing harness, climbing helmet and via ferrata set: CHF 30
The price for this event is CHF 470.
Included in price
-2 days of guided via ferrata in a small group with a certified climbing instructor
-1 night of accommodation at Brunnihütte (shared room)
-Dinner on Saturday
-Breakfast on Sunday
Not included in price
-Transport to/from Engelberg
-Cable car (optional)
-Drinks and snacks
Min. 4 participants
Max. 6 participants
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