Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mt Grappe Via Ferrata

We joined some friends for a day of hiking and our first real "via ferrata."  The snob climber in me turns up my nose at the idea of clipping into steel cables as I hike, but we had a blast and found that we can cover a lot of ground without having to worry about ropes and belays.

Cassy starts the day off with stylish optics

After an hour of brutal uphill hiking, we got our first nice view and the opportunity to gear up for some vertical climbing.

Christina, Cassy, Natalie, and Jeff on the opening section of ferrata

In case you get lost and don't see the giant metal cable, the Italians painted a very small sign on the rock.

Jeff negotiates the crux


Hero shot

An old WWI bunker

We spotted a mountain goat on our way back to the car.

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