Ras Al Khaimah, with its towering canyons and cloud-peircing Mountain peeks feels a little out of place compared to the stereotypical view of the United Arab Emirates. Dazzling skyscrapers, mind-blowing super cars and endless sand dunes, are all expected, but visitors generally don’t generally associate the UAE with such a natural, rugged beauty. Those that don’t know are missing out. Opened at the end of 2016, the Middle East’s first commercial via Ferrata offers adventure-seekers a chance to enjoy the crisp, fresh mountain air whilst testing out their nerve traversing Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE (and part of the Hajjar mountain range). What is a Via Ferrata? We’re far from mountaineering experts, so we’ll pass you over to the real pros to answer this question… A via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations. The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 1 to 10 metres (3.3 to 32.8 ft) fixed to the rock. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and […]
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