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Some mappers use this tag in combination with highway=path. If used in this combination at least sac_scale=* must be used as well, otherwise routers that don't know about via_ferrata_scale could mistake it for an easy footway or even send horses and bicycles there - see troll tag. If you think that you are mapping a very easy ferrata that should be mapped as a path the better alternative might be to use Safety measures on hiking trails - see Tag:highway=via_ferrata#Alternatives and history for details.
Rating via ferrata's difficulty
There is no "world wide scale" for via_ferrata difficulty, The "German" Huesler scale (as taken from Wikipedia 1 ) seems to be the only one with quite objective qualifications. Therefore it is used for OSM with the addition of very little difficulty / French F.
- You can add a + or a - after the value to indicate that the via ferrata is on bottom or top of the grade.
- sac_scale=* may be added where advanced hikers might still securely use the via ferrata.
|via_ferrata_scale||0||Subjective Difficulty very little
Way/Surroundings Flat to steep, Exposed sections possible
Securance Steel cables, chains, stemples (metal rungs) and partly short iron ladders. Short and easy.
Exigencies Surefootedness and being free from giddiness recommendable. No problem for unsporty
Equipment Basic Via-Ferrata kit may be recommended but is not used by most people
German: none - very easy
|via_ferrata_scale||1||Subjective Difficulty little
Way/Surroundings Flat to steep, usually rocky. Exposed sections possible
Securance Steel cables, chains, stemples (metal rungs) and partly short iron ladders. Most parts are usable without using the artificial securance
Exigencies Surefootedness and being free from giddiness recommendable. Being as sporty as a white collar employee enough (for the ferrata itself, depending on the overall journey it may be different)
Equipment Basic via ferrata kit recommended. Experienced ferrata users are often met without self-securance
German: A-K1 - little difficult
|via_ferrata_scale||2||Subjective Difficulty litte to slightly difficult, in parts a bit demanding or exhausting
Way/Surroundings steep rocky area, in parts small steps, exposed terrain is common
Securance Steel cables, chains, stemples, Tritttifte??, long ladders (also vertical). Usage bypassing securances possible, but then climbing up to UIAA III / French 3 are to be expected
Exigencies Same as for 1, but better shape and a bit more power and endurance in legs and arms are advantageous
Equipment Via ferrata kit recommended. Usage also possible as rope team
German: B-K2 - moderately difficult
|via_ferrata_scale||3||Subjective Difficulty largely difficult, exigeant and straining
Way/Surroundings steep to very steep rock faces, mostly only small steps, longer or many exposed sections
Securance Steel cables, stemples, Trittstifte, often longer ladders, even overhanging ladders and stemples to be expected, sometimes in vertical sections only steel cables existing, Usable bypassing securances usually possible, but then climbing up to UIAA IV/ French 4 is the norm
Exigencies Good shape, longer ascents in difficult sections are demanding as ferratas of this difficulty are already among the bigger ferratas (sic! better translation?)
Equipment Via ferrata kit heavily recommended. Unexperienced or children should eventually even be roped in
German: C-K3 - difficult
|via_ferrata_scale||4||Subjective Difficulty very difficult, very demanding and very straining
Way/Surroundingsvertical, often overhanging areas, largely very exposed
Securance Steel cables, stemples, Trittstifte (often spaced with large distance), in exposed section often no more than a steel cable
Exigencies Same as for 3, but general good body shape needed. Good power in hands and arms as longer vertical to overhanging sections are possible. Also small climbing sections up to difficulty UIAA II / French 2 may need to be cleared.
Equipment Via ferrata kit obligatory, even very experienced via ferrata users will be met in a rope team. Not recommended for children or inexperienced
German: D-K4 - very difficult
|via_ferrata_scale||5||Subjective Difficulty Extremely difficulty because very straining and exceedingly arduous.
Way/Surroundings Vertical to Overhanging; consistently exposed, very small steps or slab climbing
Securance As for 4 but much more climbing parts
Exigencies Lots of power in hands (fingers), arms and legs. Increased levels of fitness, flexibility needed. Long section may need to be cleared with main weight carried by the arms
Equipment Via ferrata kit obligatory. Rope teams especially for those sections without steel ropes or other securances considerable; not recommendable for beginners or children
German: E-K5 - extreme difficulty
|via_ferrata_scale||6||Subjective Difficulty More than extremely difficulty because very straining and exceedingly arduos and very good climbings skills are needed.
Way/Surroundings Largely Overhanging; exposed, very small steps or slab climbing
Securance As for 5 combined with climbing
Exigencies Like 5, but good climbing technique obligatory
Equipment Via ferrata kit obligatory. Top rope recommended. Only for people that feel safe and have experience using scale 5 ferratas. Note currently the only known ferrata of this difficulty in the European Alps is found on the Buergeralm Klettersteig (Austria) with "Arena Variante" 1
German: F-K6 more than extreme difficulty