/ Best Via Ferrata in Switzerland!?
Ive done plenty of outdoor climbing in the uk Sport and Trad up to about a 6A/6b. Multipitch etc Plus Mountaneering. Ropework is good and equipment isnt a problem.
I will be hopefully be going in June at some point. I would like to Fly into Geneva and go from there and its likely that I will only have two full days.
There should be three of us in total and one friend has extensive winter alpine experience/Mountain leader ETC so we would like to do something that pushes our limits technically while we have his support.
Something with EPIC exposure is what I'm thinking.
Your thoughts and advice on this are appreciated :-)
Jegihorn from Saas Grund. Mind, the best bit was damaged by a storm a year or so ago, and I'm not sure it's been repaired yet?
I went to Grindelwald last year and found three good ones:
1) Eiger Rotstock - quite easy via ferrata ascent and a walk off down a gully
2) Schwarzhorn - a fairly long walk in with a relatively short but fun via ferrata and then a walk off
3) Murren sports via ferrata - good fun with a Tyrolean and a Nepal Bridge as well as some good exposure
I think the third here would probably be what you are looking for.
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Or stay at the Weissmies hut and go do one of the long easy bolted routes on the Jegihorn face the next day. Alpendurst is 14 pitches and goes at 4+ and there are a couple of slightly harder lines (5+ ish).
The Leukerbad VF is the best I've done - it's a long day out and feels pretty committing - although I've always done it from the Kandersteg side biking up and down Gemmi pass to start (it would be a shorter day from the Leukerbad side).
As mentioned the Jegihorn one is also a great day out. Both that and Leukerbad finish on good summits up at 3000m or so.
A good bet could be to head into Vallais and stay at Sion or Visp or similar and then decide based on the weather - as Leukerbad and Saastal sometimes get different weather.
I've done the one in Murren and it had some nice bits, but a lot of walking through forests - at one point we were in a cow field!
I've done quite a few in Switzerland and Daubenhorn (Leukerbad) is by far the most impressive https://sites.google.com/site/viaferratae/home
June may well not yet be open though.
Kandersteg one is much lower altitude and likely to be open then. This is short but very spectacular around a waterfall.
Really wanted to get on that face each time I've gone, so fully intend to this year :)
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