A Word of Caution
The trips here are grand, but they’re not the places to test unproven skills. Most of these hikes require class 3 scrambling, meaning the terrain is steep, but hand- and footholds are abundant. (If you can handle heights, you can handle class 3.) Be wary of class 4 terrain, which requires three points of contact (ropes recommended), and, of course, class 5 terrain, which requires straightup climbing and full gear. Via ferratas are a class of their own: Literally “iron ways,” these routes travel vertical terrain by way of rungs, railings, and aids. They always require a harness, helmet, and some combination of slings, locking carabiners, and/or lobster claws to clip in.