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Via Ferrata evening - 2030 in the Stork

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24 February
Gail Smith
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The area and details of the meet
A via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites
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During the winter months, Gail has organised talks on various "mountain subjects". This talk is about the Italian Via Ferrata, and in particularly the experience of Helen and Andy, and will be illustrated by their photographs. The talk is open to all, so come along to the Stork and meet some of our members
The via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”) is a mountain route equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors, for example wooden walkways and suspended bridges, which means that dramatic routes can be attempted in relative safety.
The history of Via Ferrata in the Dolomites starts with the First World War war. The “Alpini” (Italian mountain troops) and the “Kaiserjaegers” (Austrian mountain troops) sought supremacy in the Dolomites region, and some of the high passes were intense battlegrounds. Via ferrata were constructed in the Italian Dolomites so that troops could move equipment and artillery from one side of the mountain to the other