Via Ferrata Grading
There are a variety of Via Ferrata grading systems, with the sole purpose of providing you with a guideline as to the difficulty of each via ferrata route.
We would recommend beginners to start with an easy route before going on to more difficult routes. The following are the most frequently used grading systems.
Walk the Torq – French PD, Italian 2A
Grading systems are a guideline, not a rule.
Choose your route carefully based on your own abilities.
Keep in mind that this is happening in a mountain environment where weather conditions are easily changeable.
F – Facile
Easy, suitable for initiation into the sport
PD – Peu Difficile
Not very hard, suitable for beginners and possibly children
AD – Assez Difficile
Fairly hard, suitable for accompanied beginners
D – Difficile
Difficult, for those accustomed to the sport
TD – Tres Difficile
Very difficult, physically demanding, for regular participants
ED – Extremement Difficile
Extremely difficult, very physically demanding, and suitable for experienced practitioners with a high level of fitness.
1 – Easy
2 – Straight forward
3 – Difficult and not for novice
4 – Demanding, steep ascending , require a degree of mountaineering experience
5 – Highest technical standard, only for the experienced mountaineer
A – For foot sure mountain walkers, easy and without problems
B – For foot sure mountain walkers free of vertigo, easy
C – Sure footedness and freedom from vertigo necessary
D – Absolute sure footedness and freedom from vertigo necessary
E – Additional mountain experience and climbing ability necessary
F – Good climbing technique on very steep rock required