Via Ferrata climbing in Gastein valley

This is the brave Stretch team together with our two mountain guides when we all reached the top. I’m Tobias (orange jacket in the middle of the first row) and I will take you with me on our one and a half hour climb in the Gastein valley. Most of us had too soft shoes which resulted in over use of arms during our climb, but we all made it to the top.
It has been said that a picture says more than a thousand words so I will be brief and show you guys some shots taken from the action camera I had on my chest during my climb. This is a story about how to set up a goal and reach it, but also about being brave enough to step out of your comfort zone to find out that you can achieve more than you first thought you could.

Enjoy and stay tuned for the video to come.


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Maria Lindqvist was brave enough to try the hard route.

“Via Ferrata” comes from the Dolomites in Italy when they used steel wire to secure passage over the mountains for the military and their equipment. This makes the climbing more safe and you as a climber can manage more difficult climbing than expected since you can use the wire during your climb. For more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_ferrata.

Steep and hard first part on the hard route. Some vertical and overhang rock climbing.

Martin and Kjell Jarle climbing the first ridge.

I pass the sharp and narrow peak “The 10 cm peak” after climbing the first steep section. Not much to stand on here. Helge is climbing further down below.

Just before my jump over the gap. Helge is further down working his way up in another route.

Martin, Kjell Jarle and Jim passes the first “The 10 cm peak”. Good work!

Maria Johanson crosses the first of two wire bridges.

Martin crosses the wire bridge just using one wire.

Kjell Jarle is swapping one carabineer at the time on his way up on the second hard and steep route. Tip: Never swap both carabineers at the same time!

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