Sorry Pete I didn't take any pictures ON the Via Ferrata. Firstly I was restricted to using a film camera and secondly the woman I was with was desperate to get back to her baby who was being looked after by my wife, so the pace was faster than I would have liked. Few pauses and not so many good view points.
But yes I did enjoy it and would do it again BUT we are all agree that if that was a grade 1 Via Ferrata most of us would try a grade 2 but that's about as adventurous as we'd get. The climb was fine, the descent pretty horrendous, and in places it didn't need the cable supplied and in other places with the path erosion it could do with cable.
Yes you can hire the required kit - no problem. In the end we didn't because we only did a grade 1 route which left us rather tired. Not fit enough and we did it like all Brits in the heat of the noon day sun! And paid for it over the next few days.
Lots of lovely gear shops in Arco. Could have spent a whole day there shopping. Was restricted to 2 hours . Each shop specialised in no more than 2 manufacturers which meant they had a wider range of their products than you'll see in the UK. Still I ended up with a pair of Millet approach shoes and some Salewa shorts. Prices were reasonable too.
Lots of cyclists in the area and we saw skateboarders taking advantage of the hilly roads.
Marcus not entirely true. If you book through the UK office KE will check you are up to standard. If you've booked through the American office it could be a different story although they may have tightened up on the checks since my tour.
We had 2 fit Brits and 6 Americans 2 of whom were up to standard. The result was we took 3 days to do what was planned to take 2 and then 4 of the Americans left on an escape route because they were suffering from various problems. One admittedly was seriously altitude sick, the other 3 weren't fit enough to do even this easy trek. It was along the Druk path in Bhutan.
KE were quite good but I did have concerns about the porters we used. Poor almost non-existent kit worn by all but the cooks and 2 more senior guides. The most senior guide had his down bag soaked by overnight rain.
If I've learned anything from Countryfile is that temperament depends on the breed. Some are very docile even skittish. On a walk last night as I walked past a cow it suddenly jumped and move away quite quickly. I realised I'd suddenly moved my lower arm adjusting my shorts and that had spooked it.
On one occasion we were crossing a field of bullocks. As we neared the far side we realised the bullocks had followed us in a 'wedge' formation. A little unnerving but we had plenty of time to get over the stile.
Slightly more scary was crossing a field when quite a large flock of sheep in wedge formation again started following us. I had visions of being knocked off my feet and then trampled to death by them. I've never quite seen sheep in the same light since the days of Monty Python and that most clever of sheep who was NESTING.