People per Guide
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of Trip
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.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
There are hotels, lodges and campings nearby.
- 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 4-6 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 6 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).
About the Guide
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 cliff, 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. 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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