For your safety ...
Hiking via ferrata routes is a demanding sport amidst the gorgeous, rough nature. For your safety, please observe the following rules:
1. Via ferrata tours are demanding and require a good level of fitness, no height vertigo, and sure-footedness.
2. Always bring a helmet and via ferrata kit and attach to the safety rope. Many mountain rescue missions are a result of carelessness and bad weather conditions.
3. Many routes require most of the day. When planning a tour, always include the possibility of a sudden change of the weather and consider it in particular regarding clothing and food supplies.
4. Always act with respect towards other mountaineers. Inform them about eventual dangers if need be.
5. Be careful with nature!
Alpine Emergency Numbers
Mountain Rescue 140
European Emergency Number 112
Via ferrata difficulty ratings
The rating of a via ferrata difficulty level is, equally to rock climbing routes, subjective, and it is for that reason to be taken as a reference. A rating system that is as much standardised as possible tries to even out the problem regarding subjective difficulty rating. In particular the individual factors such as a person’s height, technique, and fitness level, equipment, or mental state as well as the actual objective conditions (weather conditions, humidity, ice, elevation, length, etc.) make the rating even more difficult.
A = EASY (green)
Easy, protected paths with flat (longer) or vertical (short) ladders and iron rungs in mostly not very steep terrain. Some parts may be exposed, but still easy to walk on (e. g. ledges, small suspension bridges). The terrain is easy to walk on even without safety gear (exception: ladders across small rock steps) and has good grips and steps. In general, if you are sure-footed and unafraid of heights, no additional safety equipment for self-belaying is necessary. Children and less experienced, however, are recommended to use additional safety equipment such as a short safety rope.
B = MODERATELY DIFFICULT (blue)
Already somewhat steep and rocky terrain with some exposed passages and small grips. There are vertical, longer ladders, and iron stemples, pegs, or chains. Some stretches are quite demanding. Without the installed protection, the difficulty reaches grade 2 or 3. Even the experienced mountaineer uses a basic via ferrata kit. For the less experienced and for children, a via ferrata safety kit is absolutely necessary, as well as a safety rope for longer climbing passages
C = DIFFICULT (yellow)
Steep to very steep rocky terrain. For the most part, there are passages that have small footholds and that are nearly always exposed. The overhanging ladders, iron stemples and pegs can also be quite far apart (in particular for children and persons of short stature). There are often vertical stretches that are only secured by a steel rope; the route is sometimes quite exhausting. Without installed protection, some of the steep passages would be graded 3 or 4. Longer ascents of this level are already considered to be major via ferrata ventures. The less experienced and children need to be belayed by an experienced partner. Self-belay even for the experienced mountaineer is highly recommended.
D = VERY DIFFICULT (red)
There is vertical and often overhanging terrain with wide gaps between iron stemples and pegs. The very exposed and steep rock is secured by a steel rope only. The long vertical and even overhanging stretches require good upper body strength and a very high level of fitness. Still, there may be some short passages that involve easy climbing (1 - 2) and that can be conquered without protection. Even for the very experienced mountaineer, a complete via ferrata kit is obligatory (climbing boots with a profile rubber sole are the best choice). This difficulty grade is not suitable for beginners and less experienced mountaineers. Usually this level is already climbed in rope teams.
E = EXTREMELY DIFFICULT (black)
Extremely demanding in terms of strength, sure-footedness (proper climbing boots!) and a truly good head for heights (no height vertigo) are a precondition. This difficulty grade does not occur very often on via ferrata routes. Rope teams are obligatory, mostly combined with rock climbing. Else, all indications as stated for "D" apply, however, even more demanding.