Tuesday, December 07
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Via ferrata in Jebel Shams now safe after maintenance work


Muscat – The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has carried out maintenance work on a via ferrata route in Jebel Shams.

An Italian term that translates to ‘iron path’, via ferrata allows adventure seekers and climbers to climb steep rock faces in relative safety with the support of fixed and dedicated wire cables, metal rings and ladders.

The via ferrata in Jebel Shams, which was in need of maintenance, stretches to a height of 80m. The maintenance work was carried out by the Hiking Oman team, replacing old metal rings with new ones.

Abdullah bin Suleiman al Shukaili, head of Hiking Oman, informed that the maintenance work was taken up following a number of accidents resulting from sharp edged pegs, which have been replaced with ‘U’ pegs.

“The ‘U’ pegs are considered safe for adventurers. Maintenance work included drilling and installing new pegs in a safe and professional manner.”
The maintenance work was done under the technical supervision of Royal Army of Oman.

Via ferratas were originally developed in the Italian Alps during Word War I to assist troop movement in difficult mountainous terrain. In the modern world, via ferrata routes that combine trekking and climbing activities are popular in adventure sports.

With input from ONA

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