Italians, Spanish and French using the
mountaineering term "ferrata." I have never
heard that word used in the United States.
What is the meaning? Is it the same as pitch?
Thank you, Ejnar!!!
A ferrata is a route that has been 'prepared' permanently by means of a steel wire that has been fastened securely to the rock. When climbing such a route you use a harness with two short pieces of rope each ending in a carabiner. You click the carabiners on the steel wire, and are then 'belayed' in the sense that that you cannot fall any longer than the stretch between two of the fastening bolts (which could be bad enough, but not lethal). A ferrata (called 'Klettersteig' in German) may range from very easy ones, where it seems unnecessary to put up a wire, to the most difficult (long overhanging stretches, very smooth rock etc.). Some are over 1000 m/3000 ft. long
But, Ejnar! Have you retired from
picture-taking?? I see so many Sp-
members with such wonderful pictures.
Then, NO pictures. We must always
continue with our passion. Life is
short; and the sands in the hourglass
are running thin. Have a nice day!!
No, I haven't retired, but as we don't do winter climbing, it has been slow season for us. I have taken some photos in the lower mountains here around, but did not consider them SP material, we have also been plagued by bad weather which has limited our activities. However, as you can see most of our photos are from the Dolomites, where we have made reservations at the usual place for three weeks in July. After that I hope to have a lot of new photos to post!
A nice day to you too!