First of all, a definition: A via ferrata is a climbing route in rock wall, materialized by metal steps sealed in the rock; a steel cable runs along it, a real lifeline to which the hiker is connected throughout his hike. This sporting practice offers, without requiring a technique or particular skills, to the beginners in climbing and to the thrill fans, the exploration of the vertical world, usually only for confirmed climbers. However, one must not be sensitive to dizziness and have a good physical condition
La Grand Fistoire: north-east of Sisteron, in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, a valley gives access to the lake of Serre-Ponçon by the Sarraut pass. Covered with orchards, it is dominated by rocky escarpments whose beauty characterizes the name of the village of Caire, "Lou Caïre", in Provençal the rock. In this limestone wall, footbridge, cant, gangways, Nepalese bridge and zip lines follow each other and offer an extraordinary hike.
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The via is labeled "Qualité Tourisme™", the only state mark attributed to tourism professionals for the quality of their welcome and their services.
Access : 15 min
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Since 1492, on the orders of King Charles VIII, Antoine de Ville and the "Escalleurs du Roy" were entrusted with the ascent of the impressive Mont-Aiguille (Isère), which they will carry out with help of an impressive amount of reinforcements, ropes and ladders. In 1843, other mountain routes have been secured in Austria and improvements were made to the Dolomites. During the first World war , these developments for tourist purposes ceased. The military then equipped the mountains with ladders and cables to facilitate their progression.
* either under professional supervision (mountain guide or State patented instructor)
* or independently: you leave alone with your own equipment or rented equipment (available on site)