Anne-Marie at Via Ferrata Du Diable
You surely know me a bit by now and how I enjoy anything that make my knees shake. Spur-of-the-moment things too. So let’s go with a two-for-one this week and take an adventurous trip, via ferrata style.
First off, waking up and forgetting to eat breakfast. Heading out solo on a whim to Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. Kidding around and asking if there’s any room left for the via ferrata. Experiencing the via ferrata…
You Said Via What?
The via ferrata is a really rad cross between rock climbing and mountain hiking on a safe, pre-designed circuit. A professional guide, the needed equipment, heart palpitations and spectacular points of view are included. No need to be an expert; just follow the circuit, the guidance given and your instinct… and don’t drop your camera.
At the beginning, you get to try an introductory circuit, so you can figure out how the via ferrata works and pat yourself on the back as encouragement to continue the hike. Then, you take on the rock face at the group’s pace; you climb, you progress and avoid looking down. You even cross narrow footbridges and the so-called “tremolo” beam… I’ll let you guess why. And since you asked, yes, a few butterflies tickled my stomach between two steps, because, up there, you’re literally overlooking the park. And the void.
A VIP Outing
Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
No doubt about it, with the Via Ferrata Du Diable, you’ll enjoy VIP access to the wonders of Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, and it’s well worth the effort. The rounded mountains and winding Diable River put on quite the show, and, from atop a fascinating rock face, you’ll enjoy the best seats in the house.
Two circuits contend for the splendours: Excursion, a three-hour circuit for daring beginners, and the Grande virée, a five-hour circuit for more advanced climbers.
In the end, there is a maximum of eight adventurers and one guide who will wind their way up to heights sometimes reaching 200 metres (650 feet); all in safety, of course. The small number of participants helps ensure good chemistry between the members of the group, who don’t necessarily know each other, but all share a taste for adventure and wonder! Hats off to you, group!
My only regret: having forgotten my mosquito repellent. Ouch!