We introduced you to one of the via ferratas last month, specifically to the via ferrata called Ferrata Hluboká. Today we would like to talk about another via ferrata – about via ferrata called Ferrata Vodní brána. The via ferrata is located in Semily, a town in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. You can check the exact location of the via ferrata here (via mapy.cz). Via ferrata was built in a beautiful environment. You can find it on the rock right next to the river of Jizera. There is a tourist trail on the opposite side of the river that runs across bridges hanged from the side of the rock. So get ready for a lot of viewers.
Ferrata Vodní brána is easily accessible by car. There is a parking 300 meters from the via ferrata. To get to the via ferrata you just need to follow the blue tourist trail from the parking. There is also a direct bus connection from Prague to the town of Semily.
Ferrata Vodní brána is opened for skilled and suitably equipped climbers all year free of charge. The via ferrata offers its visitors three routes/parts:
- purple way – length: 220m, elevation: 75m, difficulty: D/E, climbing time: 40-60 min
- red way – length: 110m, elevation: 70m, difficulty: C+, climbing time: 30-40 min
- blue way – length: 90m, elevation: 65m, difficulty: B, climbing time: 20-25 min
A via ferrata is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations. It is a climbing route that employs steel cables, rungs or ladders, fixed to the rock to which the climbers affix a harness with two leashes, which allows the climbers to secure themselves to the metal fixture and limit any fall. The cable and other fixtures, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps, and ladders and bridges, provide both footings and handholds, as well. This allows climbing on otherwise dangerous routes without the risks of unprotected scrambling and climbing or the need for technical climbing equipment. You need a special safety harness, the so-called ferrata set, and helmet to be able to safely overcome the via ferrata. Sturdy shoes with a non-slip sole and protective gloves are recommended.