Finding your Via Ferrata
Encircled by beautiful mountains the lively lake shore town, Riva del Garda on the north tip of Lake Garda is a great base for an active holiday. There are plenty of trails to follow, WWI ruins to explore, and it is also the perfect place to try some Via Ferrata routes. There are short and easy routes for beginners but more experienced climbers can find more challenging routes. Via Ferrata (`iron ways`) gives you an opportunity to scramble and climb on exposed rocks with the safety of constant attachment to fixed wires. There are some excellent, well-maintained routes in the Dolomites. You only need a harness and a Via Ferrata kit and helmet. Make sure that you know how to use the Via Ferrata kit and clips before your trip. It is also advisable to try low grade, easy routes first. The best way to find the most suitable route for you is to consult Cicerone’s Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites guidebook.
1. Via Ferrata Fausto Susatti
This ferrata is suitable for those who are new to this activity, and the climb to Cima Capi and the walk on the ridge offers some stunning views.
Most people start the signposted trail from Biacesa village. The path meanders through woods, and then climbs above Lake Garda. The best part is the climb to Cima Capi. As you clip your Via Ferrata kit to the fixed wires on the exposed rocks you can enjoy some fantastic views all around. There are also some WWI ruins, bunkers and trenches to explore.
2. Via Ferrata dei Colodri
This short and easy route starting from the pretty village of Arco is ideal for an afternoon climb. There are plenty of fixed wires, so you can safely enjoy some excellent views from the exposed rocks. The return route to Arco is via woodland. On your return to Arco it is worth to allow some time to wander the narrow streets.
3. Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni
This route is only accessible in dry weather as the route takes you through a narrow gorge with the Rio Sallagoni peacefully trickling through it. There is a danger of flash floods, so make sure you know what the weather condition are. Rock walls tower above you as you climb using the fixed cables and footholds. The gorge is very narrow in places but there are some wider sections where you walk beside the river.
But of course there are plenty more to do near Riva del Garda. You don’t necessarily have to go for the trails where the use of equipment is needed. There are a myriad of hiking trails in the mountains with varying difficulty. The mountains there are also very popular with mountain bikers as well.
Whatever is that you are after, you will be able to find it!
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