Today we did the Via Ferrata.(In Italian that means “The Iron Way”: a series of ladders built into the cliff, such as was used in WW1 to get troops over the Dolomites into Austria.) We scaled a mountain to 330 meters (about 1000 feet)up.(South Mountain in Emporium is about 800 feet…) Then we climbed across the face for awhile before zip-lining back down in a series of 5 zips. We went in a group with about 10 other people, and the whole thing took us 4 and a half hours.
Vinny: It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done.
Tony: We were all cliffhangers today. It was really fun.
Tim: The suspension bridge, about 25 feet across and 600 feet above ground, was the scariest part. It was made with 3 cables: 2 that you walked on - kept apart by 6-inch spacers, and the other was the one you held onto, 4 feet above that. I was relieved when that part was over. Some of the other climbers were impressed by how calm and cool Tony and Vinny (by far the youngest ones in the bunch) were.
Jen: The owner/builder/guide told me as we were nearing the end of our adventure (and climbing across the side of the mountain without being harnessed in) not to worry about Tony and Vinny – they ‘re goats. What a fantastic day!
(Hiked 2.12 miles, in addition to the climbing)