Preprint Technical Note Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

Guide for the Design and Calculation of Via Ferratas

Version 1 : Received: 16 May 2018 / Approved: 17 May 2018 / Online: 17 May 2018 (05:37:19 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 28 May 2018 / Approved: 30 May 2018 / Online: 30 May 2018 (11:02:17 CEST)

How to cite: Martín Díaz de Espada, C.; Mora Sepúlveda, C.; Rubio Cintas, M.D. Guide for the Design and Calculation of Via Ferratas. Preprints 2018, 2018050235 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0235.v1). Martín Díaz de Espada, C.; Mora Sepúlveda, C.; Rubio Cintas, M.D. Guide for the Design and Calculation of Via Ferratas. Preprints 2018, 2018050235 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0235.v1).

Abstract

A via ferrata (from the German “klettersteig”, hereinafter VF) is a sports route located on vertical rock walls equipped with steps, chains, artificial dams, bridges and other fixed elements and which have a steel cable (safety cable) all the way along allowing users to secure their progress and avoid possible falls [1]. This article aims to analyse the state of the art of the VF sector in Spain, especially in terms of the regulations of obligatory compliance, in addition to defining the basic characteristics of the installations to ensure that these are safe for users, providing a previously non-existent summary of the most important recommendations.

Subject Areas

Via Ferrata; anchorage points; fall factor; safety cable

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