Guided Via Ferrata and Hiking Weekend in Braunwald
Explore the Alps with the exciting sport of Via Ferrata. Developed in the early 1900s 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 rating 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 of 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 will be led by Timothy Dunham, International Mountain Leader, and Climbing Instructor.
Requirements for Via Ferrata and Hiking
No prior experience is needed. However, participants should be confident in their physical ability, not have a fear of heights and be willing to challenge themselves.
What’s the plan?
The group will meet at Linthal station at 09:30 and will go up to Gumen (gondola and chairlift). In Gumen, we will check and prepare our equipment. Equipment can be rented out there.
There start various 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, which requires a 30-minute hike to the start, is level K3 and is more challenging, requiring more upper body strength. After a day of Via Ferrata adventures, we’ll come together for dinner and drinks at Berggasthaus Gumen and stay overnight.
The following day after breakfast, those who are motivated and fit can attempt more challenging Via Ferrata routes (K4-K5) which include more elevation. The start of these routes is the same as the K3 route, so others can do the K3 again. After another full day outside, you can either hike or take the chairlift/gondola back down to the valley and return home by train.
- Packed lunch for Saturday and Sunday
- Hiking shoes
- Via Ferrata equipment: helmet, harness, and Via Ferrata set (these can be rented out at Gumen Gasthaus for CHF30/day)
- Sleeping bag liner (blankets are provided)
How to get there?
If you are travelling from Zurich, we recommend you to take the following trains:
- Zurich HB 07:43 – 09:14 Linthal Braunwaldbahn
- Linthal 16:43 – 18:17 Zurich HB – depending on when we finish
The price for this event is CHF 400.
What does the price include?
- Accommodation on Saturday night, dinner and breakfast
- 2 days of adventure in a small group with a dedicated climbing instructor
What does the price NOT include?
- Transport to and from Linthal
- Gondola train and cable car from Linthal to Gumen and back (https://www.braunwald.ch/Attraktionen/Kombibahn-Gumen-Braunwald)
Once registered, a 50% deposit is due within 7 days and the balance is due by 5 May 2021.
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions in the “What we’re about” section of our Meetup group.