Via FerrataVia Ferrata is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's guided climbing experience. Let our knowledgeable guides lead you on a climbing adventure through the high alpine terrain at Jackson Hole. This memorable experience takes you above the valley floor, across suspended bridges and along granite walls. Via Ferrata is perfect for families, groups or individuals 10 years of age or older.
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NEW for Late Summer 2019 - Come experience the newly expanded Via Ferrata. Four new routes add options, challenge and features such as a cable ladder and two types of bridges. Explore the Teton granite slabs, cracks, overhangs and caves through these new routes. With 14 routes total, the Via Ferrata offers an exhilarating activity for the entire family. Read our blog about the new routes.
June 15 - September 29, 2019
OPEN by RESERVATION ONLY SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6.
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SURROUND YOURSELF IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE GUIDED EXPERIENCE
Experience the Via Ferrata
What is a Via Ferrata?
Via Ferrata, translated as "iron way," dates back to WWI. Italian soldiers built via ferratas to safely traverse mountain passes. The recreational use of via ferratas is a staple in the Alps for summer adventure, and Jackson Hole is excited to bring this experience to the Tetons. In this activity, climbers are secured to cables to limit the risk typically associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing. The routes also have aids, such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps and suspended bridges.
Explore the Routes
There are more than six routes varying in difficulty from introductory zone to more exposed, steep routes. The longest is more than 500 vertical feet and all routes can include a breathtaking experience crossing the 120-foot suspension bridge.
1. Gateway Area - These routes are the best introduction to the Via Ferrata. Your guide will teach you how to operate the equipment, share basic climbing etiquette and help you become comfortable scrambling around on the rock.
2. Ranger Ridge Area - These intermediate-advanced routes vary in length and steepness, and all culminate with spectacular views at the suspension bridge.
3. Casper Buttress Area - Your abilities will be tested in this challenging zone where the routes get more vertical and exposed!
All routes lead you back to the restaurants at Rendezvous Lodge where you can celebrate your mountaineering accomplishments with some delicious food!
Ranger Ridge –
(Difficult) –Double Cross – This new route provides not one, but two new cable bridges. The first bridge, a Burma Bridge with four cables, spans 50 ft in length and the second Tyrolean Bridge is 18 feet long with only two total cables. Climbing after the second bridge consists of a steep vertical assent to the summit making this one of the most challenging routes in the ferrata.
(Difficult) – Ironway – This beautiful new route provides some steep climbing into a 35 ft cable ladder which spans over a dramatic overhang. The route then traverses west to end at Ranger Point.
Casper Buttress –
(Most Difficult) – Crystal Cave – Experience one of the most dramatic and long routes in the ferrata. This technical climb provides a traverse into a cave, then up and out onto a steep granite slab. With fewer iron rungs to support climbers, this route is an accomplishment to all who take the challenge.
Schedule & Rates
Your guide will help determine the best routes for your tour. Never climbed before? Try out the introduction routes for a 1.5- to-2-hour experience. Dig in a bit deeper with the half-day option, or spend the whole day exploring all the routes on the Via Ferrata!
Gateway Loop: 1.5-2 hours
Half Day: 3.5 hours
Full Day: 6 hours
All the questions that are popping into your head right now - ANSWERED!
Via Ferrata is a protected trail or climbing route used in the mountains to make passage easier and more secure. Steel cables, handles and ladder rungs are installed in places where the trail steepens. Participants are secured to the rock by wearing a special harness that attaches to the steel cable. Our Via Ferrata guides will accompany you on your alpine adventure.
The Jackson Hole Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine as well as more-experienced folks.
What to Bring
You're in the mountains! The entire Via Ferrata is above 9,000 feet, so plan on bringing the following:
Bringing cameras, cell phones and other devices on the routes will be subject to guides' discretion.
Helmet, harness, lanyards
Salewa, 5.10, and Keen approach shoes (US sizes):
Small backpack (limited quantities)
Looking for more information?
No problem! Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help with all your questions regarding Via Ferrata. Request information by email or simply call 307.739.2779.