the via ferrata, the vertigo of the cliffs




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T. Grosse, B. Parayre, T. Simonet, L. Nguyen – France 2

France Televisions

Mountain activity consists of moving over several hundred meters along a wall. Strong sensations and fabulous landscapes guaranteed.

It overlooks the slope of Mont du Chat (Savoie), more than 800 meters above sea level. At Roc de Cornillon, every day there are many adventurers ready to tame these steep cliffs. And on this via ferrata, treat yourself to one of the thrills of summer. The ascent begins with a long walk. Half an hour on foot to the rock. Not enough to discourage the group of vacationers looking for sensations. With them, Hippolyte Carpentier ensures safety. Harness, lanyard, helmet, this is the essential equipment before setting off. “We are at the very beginning of the via ferrata, at an altitude of more than 900 meters. My two carabiners are fixed, so I am secure, here we go!”exclaims Thibault Grosse, journalist at France Télévisions.

Reassure yourself on the beams, take your bearings on the grips of this limestone cliff. Fight the fear of heights. For some, the first few meters are sometimes difficult: “Sometimes it still happens that people are really not comfortable with the height. So we accompany them to the start or we find an escape”. It has been thirty years since via ferrata appeared in France. Many of the amateurs are city dwellers in search of the great outdoors. “We’re almost at the end of the 300-metre course. Count 15 minutes if you’re a professional to get to the end of this course. If you’re a beginner like me, count two hours instead”have fun Thibault Grosse. The time of the crossing is above all the long minutes to appreciate the depth of this exceptional view. Lac du Bourget glittering with the mountains on the horizon.

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