QUESTIONS ON VIA FERRATA CLIMB
1. Is Via Ferrata the same as rock climbing?
No it is not the same, via ferrata differs from rock climbing. Although both occurs in the same area and environment, via ferrata is easier and does not require you to have any previous experiences.
2. Who can climb a Via Ferrata?
Anyone can experience the via Ferrata. Climbers and non-climbers between the ages of 10 and 70 with a good health record, isn’t afraid of heights and keen on experiencing the mountain in a new way. Also at least 1.3m tall.
3. Do I need any climbing experience?
Not at all.
4. Walk The Torq or Low’s Peak Circuit Via Ferrata activity is more suitable for me?
Walk The Torq will be the best option for beginners. If you would like to participate in the world highest Via Ferrata which is the Guinness World Record holder, Low’s Peak Circuit will surely be the choice.
5. Can I miss the pre-activity briefing conducted the day I arrive?
All Via Ferrata climbers are required to attend the mandatory pre-activity briefing and familiarization session. The sessions start between 3pm and 4pm. Late arrivals will not be considered eligible to participate in the activity the next morning. This is for your own safety, be it if you are a first time climber or an experienced mountaineer.
6. Do I get a refund if I miss or skip the Via Ferrata activity?
No, there will not be any refund/compensation given if you miss or skip the Via Ferrata activity due to various reasons such as personal, health, bad weather, summit closure & etc. We do not profit from such situations either.
7. Is there someone to guide me?
Yes! You and your group will be assigned a Via Ferrata trainer. The trainers are there to give you a full safety briefing and training on how to use the safety devices. They are also there to climb with you, provide tips on how to negotiate the more difficult obstacles, as well as highlight some of the spectacular sights along the way.
8. Can I climb the Via Ferrata without a trainer?
No. Due to Sabah Parks’ regulations, Via Ferrata climbers are to be accompanied by a Via Ferrata trainer at all times.
9. Is the Via Ferrata trainer only for me / my group?
Depending on the size of your group, you will have to be prepared to join other Via Ferrata climbers.
10. What is the maximum number of people who will be climbing the Via Ferrata with me?
There will be a maximum of 6 climbers for Low’s Peak Circuit and 10 for Walk the Torq.
11. What time do I start my Via Ferrata activity?
The start time is between 5:30am to 7:30am
12. Where do I meet my Via Ferrata trainer for the activities?
On the day of your arrival, the trainers will meet you at Pendant Hut where you will undergo a mandatory briefing and familiarization session starting between 3pm and 4pm. There, you will be told the exact meeting point and meeting times for the activities that you’ve signed up for and a practical session with the full Via Ferrata safety gear will be provided.
13. What does the Via Ferrata activity package include?
- Free rental of all safety devices: harness, lanyard and helmet
- Via Ferrata familiarisation for all participants
- Guiding services of the Via Ferrata trainers
14. Are the activities safe?
Yes! Via Ferrata activities are carried out under a safe and controlled environment. With a proper system of routes, devices and an experienced trainer to guide you, Via Ferrata climbing allows anyone to experience the exciting challenge of this sport under the safest of conditions. Regular safety checks and maintenance are also conducted on the Via Ferrata equipment. So all you need to do is focus on enjoying yourself.
15. Where is the accommodation for Via Ferrata climbers?
All Via Ferrata climbers will stay in the well managed Pendant Hut @ Panalaban area. It will be in dormitory style with individual sleeping bags provided.
16. Where do we have our meals?
You will have your continental breakfast & supper in Pendant Hut. Day 1 buffet dinner in Laban Rata Resthouse. Day 2 lunch will be provided on descending arrival in Kinabalu Park.
17. What do I need to bring?
Mountain Torq will provide all technical safety equipment required for its activities. As for personal items, please refer to “Things to Bring” for a checklist of what you will normally bring for mountain hiking.