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Introduction to Via Ferrata - Exodus Travels
Introduction to Via Ferrata - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Venice
+2 Destinations
Northern Italy
Ends
Venice
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Highlights

Start and end in Venice! With the hiking & trekking tour Introduction to Via Ferrata, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Venice, Italy and 2 other destinations in Italy. Introduction to Via Ferrata includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking

22 Reviews

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  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 1
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A challenging and exciting trip! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?- summiting peaks by Via Ferrata routes which would be otherwise impossible- learning skills and techniques to feel confident to tackle the routes- personal achievement and satisfaction - great sharing experiences with like minded people  What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. They were thoroughly professional, offering well planned skills and technique training. They were always encouraging and motivating, and very focused on individual strengths and needs. They also had a great sense of fun which helped us succeed. Paulo 'Be happy!' still rings in my ears!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are used to serious trekking, are quite fit and are looking for a new challenge - this is it!You do need a very good head for heights. Some of the routes are very exposed, very steep, and it's a long way down and a long way up!  Is there anything else you would like to add? A good sense of humour is a bonus!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 2
    Written on September 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A challenging and exciting trip! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?- summiting peaks by Via Ferrata routes which would be otherwise impossible- learning skills and techniques to feel confident to tackle the routes- personal achievement and satisfaction - great sharing experiences with like minded people  What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. They were thoroughly professional, offering well planned skills and technique training. They were always encouraging and motivating, and very focused on individual strengths and needs. They also had a great sense of fun which helped us succeed. Paulo 'Be happy!' still rings in my ears!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are used to serious trekking, are quite fit and are looking for a new challenge - this is it!You do need a very good head for heights. Some of the routes are very exposed, very steep, and it's a long way down and a long way up!  Is there anything else you would like to add? A good sense of humour is a bonus!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 3
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Highly recommended trip!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Via ferrata is just fun - the more I did the more I wanted to do.  I'm now considering doing some rock climbing next year, along with more via ferrata of course!What did you think of your group leader?We didn't have an Exodus leader with us the whole time but we were met at the airport by an Exodus rep who then also returned with us to the airport.  We had two local (but internationally qualified) mountain guides leading us each day (and who had dinner with us a couple of times) who were brilliant.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Some via ferrata require a walk in (i.e. up) and walk out (i.e. down).  The downhill sections seriously played on the knees of a couple of our group so bring along compression straps or anything else you may need if you've had injuries in the past.  While you do need a head for heights I found that being clipped in removed feelings of vertigo for me - I'm not sure if that would apply to everyone though! Is there anything else you would like to add?Take the chance and book this trip - you'll be so glad that you did!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 4
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Highly recommended trip!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Via ferrata is just fun - the more I did the more I wanted to do.  I'm now considering doing some rock climbing next year, along with more via ferrata of course!What did you think of your group leader?We didn't have an Exodus leader with us the whole time but we were met at the airport by an Exodus rep who then also returned with us to the airport.  We had two local (but internationally qualified) mountain guides leading us each day (and who had dinner with us a couple of times) who were brilliant.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Some via ferrata require a walk in (i.e. up) and walk out (i.e. down).  The downhill sections seriously played on the knees of a couple of our group so bring along compression straps or anything else you may need if you've had injuries in the past.  While you do need a head for heights I found that being clipped in removed feelings of vertigo for me - I'm not sure if that would apply to everyone though! Is there anything else you would like to add?Take the chance and book this trip - you'll be so glad that you did!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 5
    Written on September 27, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a challenging  and rewarding trip which felt more than an "introduction" at times and you do need to be fit.What did you think of your group leader?The two local guides were very good.  The trip lacks a little in not having an exodus guide on hand to fill in the logistical details but we managed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Due to the late flight home you in fact have two free days to fill so that needs to be planned for.Is there anything else you would like to add?As this is billed as an 8 day holiday the exodus 8 day insurance should cover it.  I resented paying for another 8 days to cover the last 25 minutes on the plane!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 6
    Written on September 27, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a challenging  and rewarding trip which felt more than an "introduction" at times and you do need to be fit.What did you think of your group leader?The two local guides were very good.  The trip lacks a little in not having an exodus guide on hand to fill in the logistical details but we managed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Due to the late flight home you in fact have two free days to fill so that needs to be planned for.Is there anything else you would like to add?As this is billed as an 8 day holiday the exodus 8 day insurance should cover it.  I resented paying for another 8 days to cover the last 25 minutes on the plane!

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 7
    Written on September 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a very good experience and most of the things have exceeded my expectations. Thanks to Exodus for organising the event is such a good way. The stunning view of the Dolomites and Sud Tyrol was a bonus, on top. The local team of 2 very experienced leaders was also an important factor of the success of the whole organisation.   They have helped in every way, from belaying the inexperienced to finding bus tickets for the free day.

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 8
    Written on September 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a very good experience and most of the things have exceeded my expectations. Thanks to Exodus for organising the event is such a good way. The stunning view of the Dolomites and Sud Tyrol was a bonus, on top. The local team of 2 very experienced leaders was also an important factor of the success of the whole organisation.   They have helped in every way, from belaying the inexperienced to finding bus tickets for the free day.

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 9
    Written on September 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent introduction to assisted climbing in beautiful mountains but a good head for heights and faith in the equipment is required.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Hanging off the cable on Punta Anna with the Marmolada glaciers in the background and the misty morning fog clinging to the mountains below.  This trip allows you to reach places and sights that you may not have considered before adn to perhaps go outside your comfort zone a little bit :-) - we had a great time and will be going back to explore some of the other routes in the future.What did you think of your group leader?The guides from Globo-Alpin (Hubbert and Paolo) were professional, friendly (insiting on buying drinks and bringing sweets to the top of the peaks) and knowledgeable.  They were always happy to answer questions and to provide guidance on possible future walks (and ones that are too difficult!).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A bit of practice on a climbing wall would be useful before you go if you have not done any climbing before.  Also work on building up your arm and upper body strength which is very useful to pull yourself up the cables.Via Ferrata gloves or an equivalent are a must!Some kind of backpack hydration system is also very helpful - there are limited places on the Via Ferratas where it is safe or convenient to take off your rucksack.Normal walking boots were absolutely fine although the type that have a rubber covering over the toe area are better (most newer models have this) - and make sure that your soles are in good shape as good grip is important.  Conditions can be variable - a warm hat and thermal protection is necessary for the high altitude routes (you can reach 3300m), and waterproofs a must.  The thin fleec ear warmers that go under your helmet are good.There is a good English book on the Via Ferrata of the Dolomites by Fletcher and Smith which is interesting if you like to read around a route but by no means required.  Maps can be bought easily locally in the supermarket in Dobbiaco, in one of the climbing shops or in refuges.Is there anything else you would like to add?Arranging your own flights via Verona and a visit to the Opera in this ancient Roman town is a worthy addition to the trip.  Trains go regularly from Verona to Dobbiaco taking around 4 hours and costing only 20Euros (change at Fortezza).

  • Introduction to Via Ferrata reviewer 10
    Written on September 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent introduction to assisted climbing in beautiful mountains but a good head for heights and faith in the equipment is required.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Hanging off the cable on Punta Anna with the Marmolada glaciers in the background and the misty morning fog clinging to the mountains below.  This trip allows you to reach places and sights that you may not have considered before adn to perhaps go outside your comfort zone a little bit :-) - we had a great time and will be going back to explore some of the other routes in the future.What did you think of your group leader?The guides from Globo-Alpin (Hubbert and Paolo) were professional, friendly (insiting on buying drinks and bringing sweets to the top of the peaks) and knowledgeable.  They were always happy to answer questions and to provide guidance on possible future walks (and ones that are too difficult!).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A bit of practice on a climbing wall would be useful before you go if you have not done any climbing before.  Also work on building up your arm and upper body strength which is very useful to pull yourself up the cables.Via Ferrata gloves or an equivalent are a must!Some kind of backpack hydration system is also very helpful - there are limited places on the Via Ferratas where it is safe or convenient to take off your rucksack.Normal walking boots were absolutely fine although the type that have a rubber covering over the toe area are better (most newer models have this) - and make sure that your soles are in good shape as good grip is important.  Conditions can be variable - a warm hat and thermal protection is necessary for the high altitude routes (you can reach 3300m), and waterproofs a must.  The thin fleec ear warmers that go under your helmet are good.There is a good English book on the Via Ferrata of the Dolomites by Fletcher and Smith which is interesting if you like to read around a route but by no means required.  Maps can be bought easily locally in the supermarket in Dobbiaco, in one of the climbing shops or in refuges.Is there anything else you would like to add?Arranging your own flights via Verona and a visit to the Opera in this ancient Roman town is a worthy addition to the trip.  Trains go regularly from Verona to Dobbiaco taking around 4 hours and costing only 20Euros (change at Fortezza).

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Dobbiaco.
  2. Day 2: This first day gives us the opportunity to learn how to use the equipment and test our abilties. 
  3. Day 3-4: Two days of Via Ferrata.
  4. Day 5: Free day for optional walking or cycling.
  5. Day 6-7: This area has some of the most famous Via Ferrata routes in the Dolomites, many dating back to the First World War. The most impressive and memorable route takes us around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, situated in the Sexten Dolomites.
  6. Day 8: End Dobbiaco.

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Covering a total distance of approx 298 km.
  • Venice (Italy)
  • 144 km
  • Dobbiaco (Italy)
  • 16 km
  • Fanes-Sennes- Braies Natural Park (Italy)
  • 138 km
  • Venice (Italy)

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