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Opening of the Mittaghorn via ferrata, 4 July 2004
The Saas Valley is set to become a real Eldorado for via
ferrata enthusiasts
The opening of the new Mittaghorn via ferrata brings the number of these
adventurous routes in the Saas Valley to five, and this southern valley of
the Valais is thus set to become a Mecca for mountain enthusiasts.
Nowhere else in Switzerland will you find such a large concentration of via
ferrate.

Sunday 4 July is the big day: the Mittaghorn via ferrata will be opened to the public
after a 2-year period of construction. The new via ferrata is an easy to medium-
difficulty via ferrata which can easily be undertaken without a mountain guide. The
necessary equipment (helmet, a via ferrata set and climbing harness) can be rented
in sports shops in Saas-Fee. The start of the tour can easily be reached via the Alpin
Express gondola-lift and then on foot. The start is at an altitude of 2500 m above
sea-level. You reach the Mittaghorn at 3143 m above sea-level by means of ladders,
pegs and footholds. You will be rewarded for your efforts by a breathtaking
panorama right in the heart of the Saas Valley’s four-thousand-metre peaks. After
you have climbed down to Plattjen, a modern 4-person gondola-lift will take you back
to your point of departure in Saas-Fee. Doing this section on foot will be particularly
worthwhile on the opening day: the recently opened Plattjen mountain restaurant,
which has been closed for the last few years, is located about half way between
Plattjen and Saas-Fee. Special set menus, yodelling and Swiss accordion music await
you here.


Other via ferrate in the Saas Valley

The Jägihorn via ferrata
The safe panorama via ferrata on the Jägihorn offers the pure pleasure of a via
ferrata. There are 5 ladders, 400 pegs, foot- and handholds, 1000 m of steel cable,
plunging views as well as views of the surrounding four-thousand-metres peaks of
the Saas Valley. Time: 5 – 6 hrs.

The Via Ferrata del Lago
This via ferrata takes you from the Almagell Valley to the Antrona Valley in Italy. The
name “Via Ferrata del Lago” comes from the fact that when the weather is good you
can see as far as Lake Maggiore. The altitude difference on the climb is around 400
metres. 50 metres of ladders are installed over a length of about 700 metres, the
rest is equipped with foot- and handholds. Is can be undertaken from the beginning
of July until the end of September and is recommended to be undertaken as a 2-day
tour.
The Saas-Grund mini via ferrata
You don’t have to go high up into the mountains to experience the feeling of a via
ferrata. The mini via ferrata is located just a few minutes from the bottom station of
the gondola-lift in Saas-Grund. Learn about the technique of the via ferrata and
abseil down 40 metres. From the age of 10, only with a mountain guide. Ideal for
groups. The route consists of ladders, steel cables, tree trunks, hand and footholds
and a podium for abseiling. Time: 1 hr.

The dynamic Alpine Gorge via ferrata
The passage through the gorge between Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund presents a
special kind of adventure. The so-called Alpine Gorge is a route amidst the elements
of air, water and rock, a safe adventure without any contact with the water, a
dynamic via ferrata. The route begins in a leisurely fashion, but soon things really get
going! The steep rock faces require careful footwork to negotiate pegs, ladders, tree
trunks and rocks. The most breathtaking part is the “tyroliennes”, cable pulleys
straight out of a James Bond film! You glide from one side of the gorge to the other
hanging from a pulley, secured by your mountain guide.

Programme for the opening of the Mittaghorn via ferrata and the
Plattjen mountain restaurant

Saturday 3 July

from 10 a.m.       The Plattjen mountain             Entertainment with the Saaser
                    restaurant:                      Schwyzerörgelifündä
                                                     Original set menus

Sunday 4 July

from 8.30 a.m.     Opening of the via ferrata:       Individual start at the bottom station
                                                     of the Alpin Express

12.30 p.m.         Opening of the via ferrata:       Blessing of the via ferrata on the
                                                     summit of the Mittaghorn by the
                                                     Reverend Eugen Zimmermann,
                                                     followed by an aperitif on the
                                                     summit offered by the SAC Saas

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Plattjen mountain :             Entertainment with the Gletscherecho
                 restaurant                          yodelling club and the Saaser-
                                                     Schwyzerörgelifündä
                                                     Original set menus

SPECIAL OFFER: The Saas-Fee mountain transport company is offering free round-
trip tickets Saas-Fee – Morenia – Plattjen – Saas-Fee on Sunday 4 July.

                 Further details, brochures and information are available from:
 Saas-Fee Tourism
  Adrian Schnyder
 CH-3906 Saas-Fee
Tel: +41 27 958 18 58
Fax: +41 27 958 18 60

				
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