Via Ferrata

ROMSDALSSTIGEN VIA FERRATA THE INTRO WALL IS CLOSED

ROMSDALSSTIGEN VIA FERRATA THE WEST WALL IS OPEN 

 

Enjoy an airy experience in beautiful natural surroundings. We promise you a tickle in your stomach and a magnificent view of the monumental Romsdalsfjellene mountains!

Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata consists of two adventurous climbing trails: the Intro wall and the West wall, and both of them are tailored with steel wires and iron steps. With the right equipment, you can challenge yourself by climbing up the rock wall without being a mountaineer.

We highly recommend everyone to go along with one of our highly skilled via-ferrata guides, but if you have previous climbing experience, you can also borrow equipment from Norsk Tindesenter and go on your own. What you need is a helmet, climbing harness and approved securing line with carabiners. While climbing upwards along the steel wires bolted to the mountain, you must be attached to the wire with an approved securing line during the whole trip. Planks and steps have been mounted in areas where natural foothold is lacking. We promise you a mountain trip you will never forget in the dramatic and exceptional valley Romsdalen! 

Whether you pick the short or the long route, fully or partly up the mountain, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. The return trip from the West wall passes the tailored path Romsdalstrappa, with a break at the popular viewpoint platform Rampestreken.

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The Intro wall
The Intro wall is a climbing trip of 3-4 hours, suitable if you want to try climbing in via ferrata for the first time. No previous knowlege is required, but you should be in a normally good physical shape. The route has been classified with a difficulty degree B in the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation Via ferrata scale. The routes are made for adults. The minimum age for the Intro wall is 12 years (9 yrs on guided tours). Should you bring children, adult supervision is required. To secure a safe climb, adults cannot be responsible for more than one child at one time. The safety equipment also has weight limits, where participants must weigh between 40 kg and 120 kg. On the guided tours it is also possible to bring children who are less than 40 KG - and younger than 12 (minimum age for a guided tour is 9 years old) - the guide will then secure the child with an additional rope. Please contact us if you want to bring a child below 40 KG. 

The West wall 
The West wall is a longer and more challenging climb of 5-6 hours up to the mountain summit Nesaksla.

If you are seeking excitement and challenges, this is your choice! You must be in a physical condition above the average and move well in steep terrain. You will be required to climb several steep and airy sections. Approaching the summit, you will be challenged by wired suspension bridges. The reward is a breath-taking panoramic view, as well as a rush of adrenaline and the sweet sense of achievement. Former climbing experience is an advantage. The climb is not recommended for persons with fear of heights! The route has been classified with a difficulty degree D in the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation Via ferrata scale.

The West wall requires that you are in a good physical condition and can move comfortabely in steep terrain. The minimum age for the West wall is 16 years, and the safety equipment requires the participant to weigh between 40 kg and 120 kg. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

NB! The safety equipment has a weight limit, where you must weigh between 40-120 kg.

Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is for persons aged 12 and up to climb the Intro wall (9 yrs on guided tours) and to climb the West wall the age minimum is 16 years.

We make NO exeptions regarding WEIGHT/AGE. We put safety first and conduct our journeys according to the highest safety standards. Everyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. 

We recommend everyone who wishes to climb the Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata to use a guide. Booking essential. 

Experienced via ferrata climbers who wants to climb Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata self equipped,  are required to book a slot and pay a compulsary maintenance fee. The fee is NOK 100,- for the Intro wall and NOK 200,- for the West Wall. Book your slot here.  Your reservation will be checked at the start of the climb. 

You can also purchase a season pass for the Via Ferrata, which costs NOK 900,-. Ask at the reception of Norsk Tindesenter. 

Be sure to study our Via Ferrata regulations well before the trip. 

ALL CLIMBING IS DONE ON YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.

Enjoy your trip!

 

Via ferrata rules

Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata comprises two different routes, both with a great risk potential if they are not used correctly and with the correct equipment. It is very important that everyone who uses Romsdalsstigen complies with these safety regulations, so that no one puts themselves or others at unnecessary risk.

The Romsdalsstigen West Wall Via Ferrata route is very steep and demanding. You must be in good physical shape and master climbing in steep terrain.  There are no toilet facilities en route and nor is water available on any of the routes.

1.            Use a safety lanyard and avoid falling

The Via Ferrata is designed to withstand the weight of people falling with a safety lanyard, but the height of the fall could be great in several places. Given that the steel wire and anchor points are non-dynamic, using a safety lanyard is a prerequisite for safety.

If you fall, there is also a risk that you will fall onto rock or equipment such as wires, iron rungs etc. A fall could thereby lead to serious injuries even though a safety line or a lanyard will stop the fall. Safety equipment will thus not always be able to prevent the risk of injuries in the event of a fall.

2.            Use the correct equipment

It is not permitted to use other equipment than equipment approved for use on a Via Ferrata. Ordinary climbing equipment or other equipment is dangerous and not approved for use.  The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre hires out approved equipment consisting of a harness, safety line with carabiners and a helmet. In addition, we recommend thin gloves with a good grip and good mountain boots with a stiff sole and good grip. Bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, enough to drink and a packed lunch.

3.            Follow the route marking and always stay attached to the steel wire

It is not permitted to stray from the marked route, which has been cleared of loose stones. Leaving the marked path on transport stages without a steel wire can endanger life.

The safety wire must always be firmly attached to the climbing harness and with two carabiners at the other end. They must always be fastened to the steel wire and locked. When you come to points where the steel wire is fastened to the rock, the carabiners must be connected beyond that point. This is done by moving one carabiner at a time so that at least one carabiner is always fastened to the steel wire.

It is easy to focus so much on the climbing that you forget to fasten the carabiners past the anchor points so that the safety line is taut. It is a good idea to fasten the carabiners past the anchor points before you pass these points with your harness. That way, you avoid having to climb down again to move the carabiners past the anchor point.

4.            Keep your distance

In the event of a fall, the person ahead of you will fall to the next anchor point on the steel wire, plus the length of the safety line and safety lanyard that are released. This means that it is possible to fall two metres past the first anchor point. If you are below this person and do not maintain a sufficient distance, the person could fall onto you. It is important, therefore, to keep enough distance.

This also means that you must never fasten yourself to the same section of wire as the person ahead of you. You must also make sure that the person behind (below) you never fastens him or herself to the same section of the steel wire as you are currently on. You also have to keep a good distance to the next anchor point until the person ahead of (above) you has fastened him or herself to the next section of steel wire. It is strictly forbidden to pass the person ahead of you.

En route there is a minimum of one rest resting point with a bench. Underneath the bench, there is a steel wire that you must always be attached to while at the resting point.

On benches and sections with horizontal walkways, it is permitted for several people to attach them­selves to the same section of the wire. Participants are also allowed to swap places on these sections. This is done by participants connecting themselves past each other. At least one carabiner must be attached to the steel wire at all times.

5.            Pay attention to weather conditions

Make sure that you have the right clothes for the weather conditions and take into account that you might be stuck on the mountain if the weather gets really bad. Also remember that the Via Ferrata and surrounding rock gets slippery when it rains. The Via Ferrata must never be used in thunder and lightning because the steel wire and the iron rungs attract lightning and can carry electricity. If it starts to thunder en route, you must as soon as possible find a point to get off and away from the Via Ferrata.

6.            Hold onto the wire if you want to and look after each other

The most important thing is that you are safe and don’t fall. If you feel safer when holding onto the wire, then do so.

Keep an eye on each other and make sure that everyone uses the equipment correctly and that they are attached to the steel wire at all times.

7.            Use a helmet and watch out for falling objects

Make sure that you don’t dislodge stones or rocks or drop equipment. If you are unfortunate enough to dislodge a stone or rock or drop something, you must loudly shout out ‘stone’ as a warning.  If someone shouts out a warning, get as close to the mountain face as you can and don’t look up (it is much better if the rock hits your helmet and not your face). Loose objects such as drinking bottles and mobile phones can injure people below you in the same way as loose stones. You must therefore keep such equipment in your backpack or securely fastened to your harness.

8.            Take care

If you are climbing with a guide, follow all the advice and instructions he or she gives. Show consideration for nature and always take any waste back with you. In case of accidents, the emergency number is 113.

9.            Equipment hire

If you are climbing with a guide, hire equipment must be handed back to the Mountaineering Centre by 18.00 unless agreed otherwise in advance. If you hand in equipment later than agreed, you will be charged an additional day’s rental fee per day.

The equipment must be in order and in one piece when you hand it back in. You must pay compensation for damage to equipment over and above normal wear and tear, and for any ruined or lost equipment.

Equipement hire

Experienced via ferrata climbers may climb Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata on their own.
However we do recommend everyone to join a guided tour first.
Via ferrata kits are compulsary, and can be rented at Norsk Tindesenter.  In addition you will need rubber gloves. These can be purchased at Norsk Tindesenter. 
The gear must be returned no later than 6 p.m. the same day.
Make sure you understand all the safety regulation and rules before you start your trip. 
Read the signs at the start of each route. 
All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
Age limit Intro wall 12 yrs/40 kg. 
Age limit West wall 16 yrs/40 kg. 
All climbing on Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is entirely on your own responsibility. 
Commercial activity carried out by companies other than Norsk Tindesenter is sticktly prohibited.   

Be prepared

We will be up on a mountain, here is what you should bring: 

  • Small backpack
  • Lunch and lots to drink
  • Wind and weatherproof pants and jacket
  • Mid-layers acconding to weather
  • Buff or hat
  • Protective gloves (can be bought at the mountaineering centre)
  • Camera (straps required!)
  • Sturdy hiking footwear (preferably with Vibram soles)
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

ACTIVE WEAR IS RECOMMENDED, DRESS FOR THE WEATHER:

FOOTWEAR GUIDE: 

Via Ferrata fottøy

Via Ferrata scale

We use the international via ferrata scale on Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata. 

The Intro Wall is graded level B, the West Wall level D. 

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