/ Dolomites VF and Climbing
That is as far as I have got with plans so any ideas on:
Where to base ourselves - we will be in my van
Any thing else you want to tell me to help me plan.
For those limited to English-language the Fletcher and Smith guidebooks are very helpful, and organized for those relying on public transportation.
VF combing with easy climbing? Many of the VF routes in the Dolomites _are_ interesting climbing routes -- if you don't use the steel cable for aid -- and just make all or most of your moves with hands and feet directly on the rock instead of grabbing the cable for aid. Beware that the placement and anchoring of the steel cables on most VF routes is mainly designes for aid rather than protection -- so actually taking a fall while using a normal Via Ferrata kit attached to the cable is very bad idea likely to result in injury or worse.
(the "protection" ratings and comments in both the English and German guidebooks are fairly oblivious about this -- so just assume when they say "well-protected" they mean well-Aided).
A way around this is to purchase and use the Skylotec Skyrider VF kit, which normally limits the distance of the fall, uses the VF steel cable more like the protection of rope-belayed climbing.
When you read recommendations for which routes, try to find out if they are for climbing the route the "normal" way using the cable for Aid, or the "free" way with hands and feet directly on rock. I would assume that if the recommendation does not explicitly mention the difference, then it's about the Aid method.
Austria is the leading edge of new Via Ferrata routes (with a separate AlpenVerlag.at guidebook). If you want the best VF climbing more than WWI history lessons, getting diverted to Austria is a happy accident. The Dolomites have gotten complacent, just living on their reputation among English-speaking tourists. The German-speaking regions know they need to prove themselves to VF climbers, so they've moved ahead.
Hard to be helpful here without some indication of what you regard as "easy"
Hi Gwilym, been a couple of times. I'll email you at greater length when I get a chance!
Cheers. Useful stuff
... up to 6a / VS. Trad with bolted belays fine. We are more about getting some long routes in rather than anything to technical. I intend to be in comfy boots not performance shoes.
A route up with a via ferrata descent would be nice.
Adventurous is preferred over pure climbing. No issue with a bit of aid either.
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