4 very different sections, and there is an escape possible before each: Hanging bridge, footbridge, a net over the void, technical parts, vertigo, and best of all an 80m zipline.
A beautiful via ferrata if you have mastered the technique and if you have experience.
You have to pay: 3 Euro for each adult, but it worths it.
It's also possible to do it at night. There are reserved nights.
Call before going as the number of participants is limited. You must reserve your seat!
Leave early in the morning...the traffic is as bad as in Los Angeles, minus the exhaust gas, at least that...
If the first part is too crowded you can start near the road for the second demanding part, but it's a shame to have come all this way to miss the first part.
Bring water. Full exposure to the Provence sun.
Don't bring beginners as it is not a via ferrata for first-timers. Some morons convince their friends to try this via ferrata as their first, but they are morons!If you really want to do it as a first-timer, you can go with one of the available guides.
The Absinthe bar is the owner of the Via Ferrata, here you can find rental equipment and details and explanations and entrance tickets:Tél: 04 93 79 95 75Outside of France +33 4 93 79 95 75
Start: 515 meters End: 700 meters Length: 800 meters Elevation gain: 185 meters
N 43'48'268 E 007'24'225 Alt. 647 m.
All year. But be careful during the winter, it is not open every day.
Some nighttime outings are organized, check for dates at the Absinthe bar.
Approach: 5 minutes Viaferrata : 1h45 during the week and 10 to 18h on the weekends! Way Back: 15 minutes on an excellent trail
We'll be nice and give you a tip. Instead of going around in circles like we did trying to find one of the three routes that leads to Peille, Exit the Nice-Est highway at Exit 57, La Turbie In La Turbie get on the deparment road (route départementale) 53 to get to Peille. Menton 24 km Monaco 15 km Vintimille 35 km.
From Nice with the bus and a lot of time to spare. Check with the SNCF: schedules and fares.
In Peille, park in one of the public village parking lots made for those going up the via ferrata. Then cross the village to get your ticket at the bar and to get to the start of the via ferrata which is at the bottom of the village.
Le Baous de Caster: It starts off with a footbridge 30 pitiful meters above the ground. Then the proper via ferrata thrills begin with a first slab where an overhang might get you stuck. 300m of void. and behind you, before you transition onto a footbridge on the opposite wall, direct sunlight. If you don't want to cross this, there is an escape route... Second section : It is strenuous and there are a lot of overhangs. The cherry on the cake is a hanging bridge with a magnificent view of the Peille village. A photo break is mandatory... In the most eastern cave you can choose to keep going on to the next two parts or finish your adventure here. You can go on the infamous net or you can avoid it, but if you avoid it you still have to climb up! At the top of the net you can zip off to the right to get on the easy variant or throw yourself into the Overhang of Justice. This section is reserved for skilled ferrata-ists and those who have strong arms. It need not be said that this is the thrilling section, even chilling.Just above this variant you come to section that is not equipped with footholds, so it's all arm strength...or technique if you're holding us.
After that hard part: the Zipline. Be careful for the Zipline section! There is a mattress at the end of the zipline. It is there to save your life or a leg in case you need it! Do not use the Speed pulley from Petzl...if you don't weigh much, let yourself go. However, if you are heavier (90kg or more) brake because you might just end up testing the theory of the heavy thing against the insufficiently stuffed mattress..
The way down towards the via ferrata... a real delight on a little shaded trail with a nice view on the cemetery.
There are several options in the village.
vidéo by Via Ferrata.com, Youtube
2 via ferratas: The Adult's Via Ferrata and the Children's Via Ferrata, "Les Pillots", which is intended for children 6-12 years old and at least 1m10 tall.
The commune has made this are a "center of vertical activities."It's free so you can try the whole package of vertical outdoor activities: Adult's and Children's Via Ferrata, Zipline, Adult Mountain Route.
Bring your MTB and also go visit the Pilat regional park.
This via ferrata is free. If you need a guide, plenty are available, and if you need equipment you can rent it.
Planfoy Tourism Office.
Via Ferrata Start: 660 mElevation gain: 235 m.Cable length: 600 m.Exposure: Southeast on gneiss rocks.
Open all year. You can't go on it at night when the route is icy or snowed over.
Elevation gain: 100 m. Length: 600 m.Start: 800 metersEnd: 900 meters
The adult's via ferrata (600 m long) takes 3-4 hours round trip and the Children's Via Ferrata (250m long) takes 2 hours.
RN 82 from St-Etienne towards the République Pass and Annonay. 8km from St-Etienne.
Take the TGV to St-Etienne if they're not on strike. Check with the SNCF: schedules and fares.
A 45 minutes approach from the village of Planfoy.
Drop your car off gently in the parking lot near the cemetery!From Planfoy a "yellow and white" marked trail leads you to the via ferrata after 30 to 45 minutes of walking. Onwards to the "center of vertical activities."
The platform at the start of the Adult's via ferrata is the easiest way to get on, but for those who are "in a rush" there is an intermediary access point.
The beginning is in the forest, easy. Then a section that is a bit more technical and leads to a big, but easy climb, a little footbridge, and then it's down to the big 17m footbridge. Once you are on the other side there is a big, but nice climb all the way to the top of the via ferrata.
The Gouffre D'Enfer Valley (Hell's Abyss Valley) with its two stone dams and Roch Corbière climbing site is a superb setting.
On the Children's Via Ferrata: a 30m combination of gymnastic's apparatus, including a suspended net, small hops, a platform where you can rest, and swings. These have replaced the forest route which was originally installed in 2006. For children the via ferrata ends by going from tree to tree on footbridges.
It's pretty easy to find your way.
Camping, lodge in St Genest Malifaux (4 km), and plenty of other options on site
vidéo par alain c, Youtube