Unique to the Alps are routes with fixed cables and stanchions set in the rock to aid your ascent, known in Italian as “Via Ferrata” or in German as “Klettersteig”. Most of the way we will hike, but where we encounter passages requiring this extra security, we will clip in our short double ropes to the cable, leaving one always on while we remove and re-fix the other to pass a rock screw holding the cable in.