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VIA FERRATA CENTRE
VIA FERRATA – CLIMBING FOR EVERYONE
A unique adrenalin rush and a fantastic adventure in the High Coast World Heritage Site. Here, everyone has the chance to experience mountain climbing under the highest level of safety. No previous climbing experience is necessary, and only normal levels of fitness are required. Steel pegs and footholds have been fixed in place where natural footholds are lacking. Several hundred very strong steel anchor points have been drilled into Skule mountain’s 250 metre high east face and 1300 metres of steel cable have then been pulled through these anchor points, which are divided into four graded routes of varying difficulty.
The equipment you hire from us consists of a helmet, a harness and a Y-shaped lanyard with two karabiners suitable for use on a Via Ferrata. You climb the mountain by holding onto the steel cable. Please note, the equipment requires a minimum weight for each climber of 40 kg (6 stone 5 pound) with a maximum weight of 140
kg (22 stone). Both karabiners should remain clipped to the cable whilst climbing, except when passing past an anchor point, when you unclip and re-attach only one karabiner at a time.
The routes are not designed for children so this places additional demands on accompanying adults. They should be completely confident with heights, and should look after children they accompany at all times, especially when moving karabiners. For a safe and secure climb, there is a maximum of one child per accompanying adult.
No. Rain, extreme heat and lightning risk are all reasons that may force us to temporarily close routes. Furthermore, after
significant amounts of rain it can take days for the mountain to dry enough to climb safely. However, strong winds do not affect safety.
Just drop in during these times:
May to August 10.00-19.00
No, not usually. You can just drop in during our opening times in the climbing season, but if you have a big group (10+) then it is advisable to book.
After a short and simple run-through of the climb itself, you should then read through the safety rules. After you have understood the rules and how to climb, you have to sign a disclaimer. Then we will help you with the equipment and after that you are ready to climb by yourself.
Durable, unrestrictive clothes and really sturdy footwear. Boots are much better than trainers or running shoes. Trainers are too flexible and the soles are too hard which gives very poor friction. Climbing shoes are a real advantage on the Yellow and Red Routes, and especially on the Black Route.
That is not easy to answer. It depends on your fear of heights and how you are able to handle it mentally. The fact that you are old, or overweight or just not very fit, does not mean that you should not climb the White Route. The hardest part of the White Route is the approach to the climb and the descent down the path afterwards. When you are climbing by yourself, you are generally moving quite slowly, so physical fitness is not so important. The Yellow, Red and Black Routes require progressively more the ability to pull up your own body weight over longer sections and that you have a better head for heights.
It is possible to escape and turn back if you haven’t gone beyond the junction where the White and Red Routes divide. Most people who turn back do so at the Trial section which is at the start of the climb itself. The Yellow Route also has an early Trial section a little way into the climb. If it feels too steep, or if you have difficulty using the footholds, it is best to turn back and choose the White Route instead. The Red Route is trickier because it becomes more and more difficult the higher up you climb. There is a risk that you could become stuck on the route unable either to continue or to turn back.
It is better to feel proud and happy after a thrilling experience than just to feel relieved that you ‘survived’. If you have never climbed before or if you are climbing with children (minimum weight 40 kg), then we would only recommend that you start with the White Route (graded Moderate). The Yellow Route (graded Difficult), is much steeper, smoother and more physically demanding. The Red Route (graded Very Difficult) is harder than the Yellow Route as it has more height exposure and is still more physically challenging. You must be over 160 cm in height (5 feet 3 inches) in order to reach the holds on the steepest sections. The Black Route (graded Extreme) is by far the most difficult. You must have been able to complete the Red Route without problems, and you should use climbing shoes.
In spring and autumn taking into consideration the temperatures. In the summer it will be warmest and there will be most people climbing in the mornings. It will be much quieter after 3 o’clock in the afternoon and, furthermore, the routes will be in the shade.
To climb by yourself, you must be at least 18 years old.
There is also a minimum weight requirement for each climber of 40 kg (6 stone 5 pound) with a maximum weight of 140 kg (22 stone). The equipment is not approved for smaller children. Those under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult who is completely confident with heights, and who can look after minors they accompany at all times, especially when moving karabiners. For a safe and secure climb, there is a maximum of one child per accompanying adult.
Normally it takes a couple of hours, plus the time that you spend at the top. During the holiday season you need to allow a couple of hours extra if there are many climbers already on the route.
That you overestimate your abilities, you panic because you chose a route that is too
difficult, you are careless with the securing of the karabiners, falling whilst free climbing (not holding onto the cable), risk of slipping due to using footwear with poor friction, stonefall and dehydration. It is important to take water and perhaps also something to eat so that you can keep your energy and spirits up when you are at the top.
Just drop in during these times:
ROUTES OPEN NOW
12 maj 2015
info för säsongen!
Vi har öppet 10:00-19:00 ALLA dagar (ja, även midsommar) ända till den sista augusti. Ni kan alltså starta klättringen så sent som 19:00. Och så viktig info inför semesterveckorna. Kom och klättra på eftermiddagen! Efter 16:00. Färre klättrare på lederna och väggen ligger i skugga vilket gör temperaturen lite behagligare!
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Vi söker modeller
Nu är det dags igen. Denna gång för fotografering av pressbilder på Gula och Röda leden. Till Gula leden söker vi en sportig familj med 2 vuxna och 2 tonåringar. Till Röda leden söker vi ett sportigt kompisgäng på 4st (typ 25-30 år). Det är en fördel om ni klättrat lederna innan, utan problem. dsfsdfsdf består av varsitt Säsongskort (värde 1200kr) och lunch på Restaurang Skuleberget.
Vi söker modeller
Nu är det dags igen. Denna gång för fotografering av pressbilder på Gula och Röda leden. Till Gula leden söker vi en sportig familj med 2 vuxna och 2 tonåringar. Till Röda leden söker vi ett sportigt asfasfsa på 4st (typ 25-30 år). Det är en fördel om ni klättrat lederna innan, utan problem. Betalningen består av varsitt Säsongskort (värde 1200kr) och lunch på Restaurang Skuleberget.
395 SEK/route (6/5-22/6)
495 SEK/route (23/6-13/8)
395 SEK/route (14/8-31/10)
545 SEK/day ticket (6/5-22/6)
645 SEK/day ticket (23/6-13/8)
545 SEK/day ticket (14/8-31/10)
1495 SEK for an annual season ticket
6975 SEK for Lifetime
Prices are inclusive of instruction and equipment hire. (Y-shaped lanyard, harness and helmet)
USING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT
200 SEK/route (6/5-22/6)
300 SEK/route (23/6-13/8)
200 SEK/route (14/8-31/10)
350 SEK/day ticket (6/5-22/6)
450 SEK/day ticket (23/6-13/8)
350 SEK/day ticket (14/8-31/10)
1000 SEK for an annual season ticket
There may be an additional charge for equipment hire if any of your equipment is missing or not acceptable. 65 SEK per item.
(165 SEK per item for season ticket holders)
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HIGHEST GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: B
A Skule mountain classic and the obvious choice for those who have never tried a Via Ferrata or any other form of climbing before. The White Route follows a traditional climbing path with grades between 2 and 3 and seeks the simplest, most natural route up Skule mountain’s east face. The outing can be described as varied, with an interesting ‘spice mix’ of small climbing problems broken up by roomy ledges and shelves which provide excellent viewpoints/refreshment points. The climbing rarely gives a feeling of exposure, but still gives the sensation of being on a mountain face. The White Route needs no more than normal balance and flexibility together with a reasonable ability to cope with heights. There is a Trial section at the beginning which gives a good understanding of what is to follow.
HIGHEST GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: C
An exposed, prolonged and slightly technical Via Ferrata, which demands balance , some finesse and good footwork in order to get the most from it (rather than simply grinding your way up it). Those who simply rely on raw strength are going to have problems, likewise those who have a fear of heights. The Yellow Route is significantly harder and more exposed than the White Route, but somewhat easier than the Red. Unlike the Red Route the main difficulties come in unexposed positions, for example, immediately above a large ledge.
HIGHEST GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: C/D
An exciting route which has somewhat the feel of an ’aerial circus’ about it. The climbing is steeper, harder and more exposed than the Yellow Route. After the initial slabs, the traverse out under the overhangs puts air under your heels. The crux of the route comes with the moves up through the overhangs, which are both airy and ruthlessly testing for those that have any fear of heights, and which especially mark this out as one of the most technically difficult sections. Even the following section is steep, if not quite so exposed. Unlike the Yellow Route, this route requires that you must be at least 160 cm in height (5 feet 3 inches) to have any chance of reaching the holds in the steepest sections.
HIGHEST GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: E
Like a serpent in paradise there it lies... the Black Route. In any event, this can be considered as Skule mountain’s most difficult Via Ferrata – by far. Not to be underestimated by the unwary. Nor to be caught out if the weather changes. The vertical line of the route means that it is tiring, especially for the arms. This applies especially to the 18 metre high slightly overhanging wall immediately above the starting point. Once you are past this, the crux is now behind you, but the difficulties are far from over. If it rains the conditions can become tricky. Retreating back down the aforementioned wall is not really an option. The Black Route is only recommended for those who have completed the Red Route without problems, or have experience of similarly graded climbs. For those that are ’ready’ for the Black Route, superb quality rock faces and an extraordinary Via Ferrata experience await. Climbers who have completed the Black Route have also shown that they have the necessary technical climbing skills to complete many of the most difficult Via Ferratas in the Alps.