Via ferrata facility in Zhoushan commences trial operation
A via ferrata facility within Taohua Island of Putuo district in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: zsqdly]
The via ferrata facility on Taohua Island in Putuo district in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province commenced trial operations on Aug 13.
The facility, which consists of three routes spanning a combined 762.95 meters in length, is China's first via ferrata route built on cliffs within an island.
Via ferrata, which means "iron way" in Italian, is a form of mountain climbing that involves using a series of fixed cables and rungs. It allows people with no mountaineering skills to enjoy the sport of mountain climbing.
The activity first originated in the Alps during World War I before gaining popularity in Europe starting in the late 1990s. France is considered as the official center for contemporary via ferrata sport styles.