Via Ferrata in the Alps:

With Italy as it's neighbour, the French were very quick to grasp on to the idea of via ferrata and there are via ferrata courses dotted all over the Alps.

The first via ferrata in France was built in Argentiere in the Southern French Alps and now there are literally hundreds.

In the Southern French Alps, there are a few remarkable ones.

For Kids:

For young children, there is an excellent via ferrata built especially for small people! The kiddie via ferratas is suitable for children from 7 years of age with holds at lower levels than adult via ferratas.

Beware though, just because it is fine for 7 year olds does not mean it is easy for adults! You still need a head for heights and the holds are not necessarily in the best place for big people. This makes it a great activity to do all together as a family. Parents, you will just have to keep a brave face for your children!

With Zip Lines for an Extra Challenge:

The Southern French Alps boasts one of the best via ferratas in the Alps. It is built on a magnificent triangular pointy mountain and has different levels, getting harder as you go round. This makes it easy to break off, if the going gets tough.

The highlight of this via ferrata are the giant tyrolean zip lines to get back down. Voted better the 'the' giant zip line in Orcieres by clients for thrills, the longest is 220m.

There is also a wire bridge that is a great test of the nerves!

In a Gorge:

There are via ferratas situated in spectacular gorges in the Southern French Alps which - great for hot days when the cooling effect of the river is very welcome!

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