Via Ferrata, Murren – Gimmelwald* (Switzerland)

Date: Aug. 25, 2016
Location: Murren to Gimmelwald, Berner Oberland Region
Distance 2.2km (1.38 mi)
Elevation loss: 400m (1300 ft)

Klettersteig, or Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”), is a specific cable routed trails found mostly in Alps. This particular route runs between 2 picturesque Swiss Alpine towns.

The reason behind the “iron” in this type of route.

Near the start of route, there was a platform for base jumpers. We sat there for a moment to admire the view and to steel ourselves for what was to come.

One more look “down there”, the drop is about 700-800 meters to the Valley floor
Via Ferrata (45)

This route is actually none-technical; hikers just need to have proper equipment and know how to use a harness.

These were the most thrilling few steps
Via Ferrata (46)

This is a fine line between scary and fun.

As close as one could get to walk on air.

This was followed by a wire bridge over a beautiful fall

View across the valley

Tim was happy until he dropped his cell phone for a photo op.

Amazingly, he found it about 100 feet below still working.

One more wire bridge

An impressive suspension bridge near Gimmelwald

The trail ended at Gimmelwald Gondola station where a short ride got us back to Murren to return our gears.