My wife and I decided to take a long day-trip from DC to do the Via Ferrata. I was excited to go and see what kind of challenge it presented, but I wasn't quite ready for just how intense the rock climbing would be. After making the trek to the bottom of the first rock face, you will encounter what's basically a sheer rock wall (maybe 200 feet tall?). I actually found that to be the most difficult climb of the whole trip. The challenge isn't necessarily as physical as it is mental, if you have any fear of heights. What I'm trying to communicate is that you need to be prepared to be extremely focused and a little bit physically strained for about three hours.
Now that I've scared you into doubting yourself, I'll tell you that this was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life. The views are absolutely incredible, the geology is interesting, and the rope bridge is straight out of Indiana Jones. The climbing is tough but fun. I would highly recommend you take part in this adventure, even with the relatively steep price tag. The customer service we received was excellent, as we missed our scheduled 11:00 tour because of a traffic jam outside of DC. They shifted us to 1:00 with no problem. Our guides were awesome as well.
If you are an adventuresome person with limited climbing experience, I highly recommend the Via.
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