We have already published blog posts about two via ferratas. Specifically, we introduced you to Ferrata Hluboká and Ferrata Vodní brána. Today we would like to talk about another via ferrata – Ferrata Slánská hora. The via ferrata is located in the town of Slaný. Slaný is a town in Kladno District in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 16,000 inhabitants. It is very close to Prague.
You can check the exact location of the via ferrata here (via mapy.cz). To get there you can take one of the direct buses that leave from Zličín or Nádraží Veleslavín.
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.