Via Ferrata (not skiing) March 7, 2008

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Via Ferrata (not skiing) March 7, 2008

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:59 am

With the uncooperative weather on the last day, most of us drove to Briancon and climbed Via Ferrata. A hiking trail rose 700 feet to the base of the cabled wall. From there it was 1,290 vertical feet and 2 1/2 hours to the top. Of that, maybe 200 vertical near the top was also hiking trail without cables. Andy is even more acrophobic than I, so he and his friend Robert skied Serre Chevalier again instead.
Joe instructs us on use of the climbing harness, cables and carabiners.
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Chad on a bridge connecting the climbing routes.
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Steve Mayer ascending cables.
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Snowmaking ski strip into Briancon at eastern end of Serre Chevalier.
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Town of Briancon is at meeting of 5 valleys and easiest route from Italy so numerous medieval/Renaissance forts were built to guard it.
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View up to Via Ferrata from town.
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Guide Joe also plays the drums for the local band. Edelweiss proprietor Roland at right and British guest Andy on guitar at left.
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At the farewell party, L-R, yours truly, EC guide Chad, Tina, EC lead guide Steve and Joe's Swedish girlfriend Caroline.
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