Christophe, Belgian rock climbing instructor, invites you to a half day technical via ferrata program in the beautiful rocks of Grands Malades (Namur).
By the Meuse river (Maas river), between Beez and Namur, we find the Rocks of Grands Malades. This place in Belgium used to be exploited to get blue rock (Namur rock), but today it is restored as a beautiful green area.
I invite you to a fun half day of via ferrata in the Grands Malades. Here we find a technical and varied route, including suspended bridges. There are also ascending and descending vertical sections, a vertiginous zip line and an abseiling descent at the end. Besides, it’s possible to combine it with some rock climbing for the other half of the day, also in Grands Malades.
This is one of my favourite programs to guide because:
– The itinerary is technical, varied and aerial
– It’s easy to get there and there is convenient parking
– It’s possible to combine it with some easy rock climbing.
Grands Malades is a great option if you want to learn some basics to get autonomy. For example, how to use the equipment correctly and respect the security rules, how to belay your partner with a rope on a vertical section, or how to use the rope when partners are climbing together. If you also want to learn some rescue techniques we can talk about spending a full day.
For this rather technical itinerary, it is preferable to have a strong upper body. It is not necessary to be in great physical shape in general, but as we will hang from our arms at times, upper body strength is important.
We will be in the area of Namur. If you are in the area for several days, we can also do some rock climbing in Beez or Durnal. Or if you prefer to do only via ferrata, we can go to Pont a Lesse or Landelies.
Did you find this via ferrata proposal in Grands Malades interesting? Then don’t hesitate and request to book this trip! I am sure you will enjoy this technical route in a beautiful environment.
If you are fast and if you still have energy after doing the via ferrata, we can do some abseiling and/or an initiation to rock climbing.
There are hotels, lodges and campings nearby.
If I'm not available, you will be guided by another certified Belgian climbing instructor.
- If conditions are favorable, we can also practice via ferrata during the rest of the year. - Try to book at least 5 days before via ferrata days. - I'll take maximum 4-5 participants with me (depending on the program and your level). If you don't have experience/are not very fit, 4 is the maximum. If you have experience and a fit upper body, up to 5 people are possible. - If you come with a larger group, I'll be coming with another rock climbing instructor. - Equipment: good trekking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket (depending on the forecast), picnic, water, ID card, and your own technical material if you have it (if not, you can rent it with me).
Parking on right of "Belisol". There is public transport around.
I discovered the mountain with my parents at a young age thanks to hiking and alpine skiing. Around 12 years old, I started climbing, and it rapidly became a real passion, allowing me to live moments of intense adventure and escape. I dedicated most of my free time to it, which allowed me to reach a good level fast.
The Wallonie rocks, and particularly Freyr, are a great school to train for walls abroad like the large walls in Verdon, the Calanques and Chamonix. My passion took me then to alpinism, ski touring, ice climbing, canyoning. After my studies, I took 2 long initiating travels to Latin America, traveling the Andes range from Ecuador to Patagonia, by foot and cycling, down the Southern route. This exceptional experience woke up a new passion in me: traveling, discovering large spaces, different cultures and civilisations, to meet others and to get to know myself.
After sharing this passion with my friends and family, I discovered the urge to make of it a real profession. I started studying to become a climbing and alpinism instructor (UPMM certification). My studies in Physical Education and Physiotherapy gave me extra knowledge of physiology, pedagogy and traumatology.
I supervised my first climbing and alpinism trainings in the Club Alpin Belge. I then became a teacher at the CAB - a Federation for many educations destined for members, future instructors and physical education teachers. I was hired at the Federation-CAB as an education coordinator in 2003, then technical director in 2005. The 7 years spent at the CAB strengthened my technical, pedagogical and management abilities. In 2011, I decided to change my orientation and return to the "field", working again in the organisation of trainings, trips, expeditions...
My motto: professionalism, friendliness and above all pleasure!
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Oct 18, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
EUR 57 per traveller
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Group of 1
|EUR 250 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 125 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 92 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 76 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 65 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 58 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 54 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 50 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Departures are only possible on weekdays. If you want to go during the weekend, it's possible if we combine it with rock climbing in the area the rest of the day. If you are not a member of an alpine club, you will have to pay the access to the rock (12€ for adults, 6€ under 18 years old). Equipment rental is 5€ per person (harness, helmet, quickdraws, rope, belaying device, via ferrata sets).
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Superbe journée en Via Ferrata du coté de Namur, encadrement pro et très sympathique, je recommande :)
As of group of 4 guys we wanted to be more skilled in via ferrata. I approached Christophe and asked him if he could learn us some safety techniques to prepare ourselves for via ferrata in the Alps. We learned rope and knot techniques and a solid base on how you be (relatively more) safe in the mountains. Something we noticed later on when were doing the via ferrata is that all the training and theory came back in our via ferrata trip. Training and real practice were excellently combined and all theoretical topics were practiced for real. We found that Christophe has excellent knowledge transferring skills. Finally, Christophe is a very social and likeable dude and we immediately said we wanted to do a follow up on this trip with him. So very, very highly recommended if you are looking to learn something on climbing and mountaineering.
We are a group of 6 people (around 50 years old). We really enjoyed via ferrata “Les Grands Malades” trip with Christophe. Even though for most of us it was first time doing via ferrata, Christophe was so patient and helpful that we were felt very confident and enjoyed every minute. Christophe is not just very professional mountain guide he is nice and friendly person. We’ll definitely recommend this trip to all our friends.