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Introduction to Yanshan Via Ferrata

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发表于 2011-6-26 22:57 |显示全部帖子
Located at Pool & Valley Park, Huairou, 76 km from downtown  Beijing (1:30h by motorway Jing Cheng, exit 15, follow G111, direction Feng Ning)

Designed and built in full compliance of AFIT guidelines by Prisme SA, the best specialized via ferrata design & construction company in the world, with over 100 references in Europe, America, Asia

All climbing assistance elements & safety gears made in  304 stainless steel, imported from France, fixed into rock with Hilti RE 500 resin

3 routes with difficulty rated from PD to ED, allowing climbers to have different choices depending on their physical conditions.

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发表于 2011-6-26 22:58 |显示全部帖子
Route 1 Characteristics

Difficulty: Easy

Starting point: north entrance of Pool & Valley, next to the parking

Length: around 100 m,maximum elevation : 40 m。

Highlights: two single-plank bridges, needs to use natural rock holds during 10  m at the highest part of the route to experience the fun of natural rock climbing and to have more sensation

Suitable for: beginners of all ages, with a minimum height of 1.4m, a maximum weight of 130 kg, without hypertension, cardio-vascular disease, acrophobia pre-conditions

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发表于 2011-6-26 22:59 |显示全部帖子
Route 2 characteraristics

Difficulty: rather difficult to quite difficult

Starting point: at the dam of Heaven Lake, at the heart of Pool & Valley Park, 25 mn walk from the Parking

Length: 250 m, maximum elevation 90 m

Highlights:
the 1st part embraces the lake from its north cliff & offers the pleasure to climb above the water.
Vertical climbing after the Monkey Bridge (2 cable bridge, 15 m) to reach the top of the waterfall & to continue to the Wentao Valley with 2 single-plank bridges & the Wentao Valley Tibetan Bridge (4 cables, 25 m).
Exits : 2, the first on top of the waterfall from where the climbers can take pictures of the monkey bridge; the 2nd at the end of the route, in Wentao Valley, the climbers could either return to the parking, or continue to try the challenge of route 3, Baizhang Cliff!

Suitable for: beginners accompanied by professional guides or very experimented climbers

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发表于 2011-6-26 23:00 |显示全部帖子
Route 3 characteristics

Difficulty:Very Difficult

Starting point: the Heaven Lake’s dam. Climbers having completed route 2 can use the optional starting point located at the top of the waterfall

Length:  around 350 m from the dam, across through all scenery spots of the Park. Maximum elevation:  150 m

Highlights:
Impressive 4 cable Tibetan Bridge (40 m) across the waterfall, 60 m above the Heaven Lake, breath breaking scenery from the middle of the Bridge
Much less handholds, gears along the route, lots contacts with the rock, requires high concentration & climbing experience
Outstanding horizontal climbing part allowing to observe the whole Wentao Valley & neighboring cliffs from 100 m above the  ground
Opportunity to appreciate the Yanshan Mountain chain at the top of the Cliff

Suitable for: very experimented climbers in good physical conditions. No exit possible after the Heaven Lake Tibetan Bridge. Break & snack recommended at the top of the waterfall.  

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