The future of accessible urban outdoor sports: Czech Republic has a new Via Ferrata in Decin

All along the Labak river in Northern Czech Republic are kilometers of sandstone cliffs that stand up to 200 meters tall. In the quaint town of Decin, one cliff in the town has been developed into a free public Via Ferrata park, Shepherds Bluff. There are  two shops to rent equipment and hire guides, parking, river side pubs and information boards displaying the Via Ferrata topos.

The information boards show various different routes which are marked, graded and easy to follow. A quick party can complete a route in 30 minutes and slower groups may take up to 90 minutes. If you are not familiar with using Via Ferratas it is possible to hire a guide and gear, which the equipment centers next to Shepherds Bluff can provide. The costs are 60 euro for one client and 40 euro per person for up to five clients. If you have your own equipment and experience using Via Ferratas there is no cost.

This is the way forward in urban outdoor development, a fun activity for sporty urbanites. There is always the possibility of danger, rock breaks, equipment fails, and accidents happen so be aware of objective hazards.

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