Arriving in Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay this afternoon after our relaxing start to the day was a very exciting thing. Karine and I had decided to go on a bit of an adventure and we were a little excited. Driving around this beautiful area and taking in some of the most incredible sites has been a very privileged experience.
I think I am safe in saying that neither of us ever thought we would have the opportunity to see this amazing part of the world. Thanks Mario and Kaew for the loan car and the suggestion to head northwest.
Driving into the park it was inspiring to see the huge granite cliffs on other side of the road. They were so smooth from glacial ice flow that they seemed unclimbable. We new there we some routes there, however there were not many compared to the amount of rock on offer. 500 million years and 5000 feet of ice had certainly taken its toll on this awe-inspiring place.
The real reason for being here was our little adventure for the trip. Miss K had seen there was a Via Ferrata on offer in one of our tour guidebooks and this was why we were here. 590 metres long and approx. 300 high with an 80 metre long 30 centimetre wide foot bridge near the end. Neither of us had done a Via Ferrata before but we both wanted to.
Not knowing what to expect from the experience we wandered down to the meeting area and filled in all the appropriate paperwork and signed in. K had booked it online so it was all good and ready when we arrived. Having a few years of climbing experience I thought it would be a little different to experience this and so did K.
As we clipped in and began the ascent I kept thinking to myself “there really is nothing to hold on this beautiful rock, it is completely blank.” K was leading the group and powering up the face. Now I am clipped and now I am clipped again kept running through my mind. It was a real blast just climbing this amazing rock in such an easy and undoubting fashion.
Reaching the broken slab section on the route I clipped in again and said to K “SMILE!!!” And the look on her face was priceless. She looked so happy and pleased to be there. “Are you having a good time?” “Yes its great, so beautiful up here.” We took a couple of photos, being careful not to drop the camera or phone and continued up.
Cedric our trusty guide had said there was a surprise up around the corner and sure enough there was. The surprise was a 6 metre long single foot wire walk-across with a single cable to clip into and hang off while crossing. Totally awesome in fact.
We crossed cable and continued to traverse across the face of the cliff and up a ladder, round another corner and there it was………the foot bridge. 60 metres below was a raging torrent of icy cold fjord water pouring down into the Riviere Saguenay. We all crossed the bridge effortlessly and it was a fabulous view of the cliffs and the fjord from the bridge.
Walking back down to the finish, still connected to the cable was pretty cruisy, but we were so happy to have done this and it was a great experience indeed. Would recommend it highly to anyone.
If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
– Katharine Butler Hathaway