Via ferrata Gorbeillon
June - October
Departure:Valtournenche (1524 meters)
Arrival:Via ferrata Gorbeillon spur (1800 meters)
Difference in level:250 m
How to get there
From the tollbooth of Châtillon take SS406 for Cervinia until you reach Valtournenche. Enter the village and pass the church and carabinieri station. Continue onwards until you reach a downhill road to the left for Crepin that takes you to the parking area at the bridge over the Marmore river.
It is truly an exciting trail with aerial parts, good rocks, great rocky steps, beautiful view, a Tibetan bridge in mid-air, a few athletic parts and nice woods. What more could you want from a ferrata?
Description of the route
From the parking area cross the street and take the path for the ferrata and the rif. Barmasse (signs). Go up the path and after about fifteen minutes you will come to a fork in the road near a heap of stones. Take the steep part (sign indicating “via ferrata”) that will quickly take you to the climbing area, to the left. (To the right you can see the fully equipped easy descending trail). You cross to the left until you reach a really nice wall of the spur that takes you up towards a series of amusing plaques, with good footholds. There are a series of shorter walls that take you to a dihedral and then to a transverse to the right that leads to a Tibetan bridge, short but in mid-air.
The passage to the entrance of the bridge, about 2 meters, is very intense. What you need to overcome it is simply good climbing techniques or strong arms. After the bridge you continue on a smaller wall that smoothly goes all the way up to the spur’s peak.
You continue on the path. There are a few brief fun parts in the woods that lead to the descent. Continue to the right on a winding path, almost always equipped with ropes, very useful in case it rains. There is another descending fork in the road. The ferrata continues to the right whilst another easier ferrata is to the left. The two trails join together and both take to the heap of stones and then from there to the trail where you started out from.