Via Ferrata on the Rocks

Via Ferrata on the Rocks

Via Ferrata?

Via ferrata is a form of hiking/climbing up the face of a rock. This is a relatively new activity in Quebec in recent years and it is becoming increasingly popular. Already 2 years passed since I first wanted to try it and I found the time to make it during my vacation this year (about which you’ll read more about, now that I’m back to blogging).

Where To Go

In Quebec, the places where you can hike via ferrata trails are listed here on the Via Ferrata du Québec site: https://www.viaferrataquebec.com/en/

Near Quebec City, there are several places including Montmorency Falls and the Canyon Sainte-Anne, where we went.

Via Ferrata at Canyon Sainte-Anne
Via Ferrata at Canyon Sainte-Anne

Equipment

The equipment is usually provided on site. Just dress comfortably according to the weather. Small finger-less gloves are sometimes recommended (children can use their bike gloves), but they are not required. I did not have any and it went very well. Maybe for a hike of several hours gloves would be worth it …

Via Ferrata Equipment: Helmet and Harness
Via Ferrata Equipment: Helmet and Harness

With Kids

To do the activity as a family, it is necessary to pay attention to the difficulty levels of the courses. Some places have easy routes that are accessible from 6 years old, as at Canyon Sainte-Anne. In other places, the minimum age is 8 years old or even 14 years old.

Les Marmites Trail
Les Marmites Trail

We arrived a little early to fill out the forms and put on the equipment which consists of a harness and a helmet. Then, the guide took the group to the starting point of the trail to give us the basic explanations.

Following the Via Ferrata Steel Cable
Following the Via Ferrata Steel Cable

The principle is that we have a C-shaped connector that is placed around the cable for the duration of the journey and is connected to our harness by a strap. The opening of the C is too narrow for the cable to come out, so once we are on the way, we must follow it until the end. In many places, you need to turn the C-connector to pass the fasteners that hold the cable to the rock wall. It may sound strange explained like that, but it’s really simple to do on the spot. A 6 years old child of 6 can do it.

Via Ferrata Bridge Crossing
Via Ferrata Bridge Crossing

Challenge for YOU

I loved that rock hike and I highly recommend it. It’s really fun! Go and try.

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