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OPEN JUNE 16 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
OPEN BY RESERVATION ONLY SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 2, 2018
Via Ferrata Video
Experience the 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 safely 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.
This summer, there will be three different loops varying in difficulty - from an introductory climb to more-difficult routes. There are six routes in total - the longest is more than 500 vertical feet - and can include a breathtaking experience crossing a 120-foot suspension bridge.
1. Approach 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. This intro experience will mix climbing and hiking and will culminate with crossing the 120-foot suspension bridge.
2. Ranger Ridge Area - After mastering the approach routes, your guide will take you on one of two more-challenging Ranger Ridge routes, and you will summit at the spectacular suspension bridge. Time and skill will determine your next route.
3. Casper Buttress Area - The routes in Casper Bowl offer the full Via Ferrata experience. Challenge you climbing skills and gain a greater feel for heights and exposure with these challenging routes.
All routes lead you back to the restaurants at Rendezvous Lodge where you can celebrate your mountaineering accomplishments with some delicious food!
Choose from a variety of different alpine climbing experiences. Never climbed before? Try out the practice 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!
Approach 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 and to accommodate folks who already have a little alpine experience.
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.