OPENING JULY 10TH! The Iron Way: Colorado Via Ferrata
Half Day Via Ferrata Tour in Idaho Springs
- Cliffside via ferrata course over scenic Idaho Springs and Chicago Creek
- 3 hour tour
- Trip times: 9:30am & 1:30pm (July 10th - 14th trip time: 10am)
- Minimum age 12
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Our Idaho Springs Via Ferrata course, known as "The Iron Way", is the newest thrilling adventure in the Denver area. Test your limits on this Colorado via ferrata tour, located just 30 minutes from Denver in historic Idaho Springs! Traverse across the cliffside above Clear Creek with our experienced guides for the thrill of a lifetime. This 3-hour excursion includes cliff traversing, rappelling, a 50-foot quick jump free fall and ziplining!
Meet at our Idaho Springs Outpost for this tour, where we will set you up with via ferrata gear and be on our way to adventure.
What is a Via Ferrata?
Via Ferrata, which translates to "iron road" in Italian, is a historical method of climbing and traversing. This traversing method started in the Alps as a collection of protected paths, ladders, rungs, rails, cables and bridges along a rock face. The first via ferratas are thought to have erected in the late 19th century and were popular during World War 1 with the armies of Austria-Hungary and Italy. After the war ended, the routes were neglected and slowly deteriorated.
In recent years, a resurgence of via ferratas across the world has brought this way of climbing back to life. Now there are over 300 via ferrata courses around the world, with most residing in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Spain. Via Ferrata courses have popped up in other Alpine countries, including France and Switzerland, as well as in the United States. The Telluride Via Ferrata in Colorado has grown to be a massively popular attraction. The course is set above the charming town of Telluride in the San Juan Mountains. This exciting adventure offers travelers the experience of the popular European Alps climbing routes. The views on the Telluride Via Ferrata make this a must-do activity, with a bird's eye view of the town of Telluride, the surrounding mountains and the Bridal Veil Falls.
How to Via Ferrata
While experience is not required to successfully traverse a via ferrata, having the right gear is a necessity. If you are new to the sport, taking a guided tour will prove beneficial as you will be provided with instruction and the necessary gear to complete the journey. The traverse will prove to be a physically demanding adventure, as you will be on your feet mountaineering for hours at a time.
If you decide to embark on a via ferrata course on your own, make sure you are equipped with all the gear you need to complete the traverse. Make sure you are equipped with a climbing harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard with shock absorbing arms, three or more carabiners, climbing or hiking shoes, gloves, a headlamp, sunscreen, food and a lot of water. A safety device created specifically for via ferrata is an important piece of equipment. This prevents you from unclipping both safety carabiners at once to keep you hooked in at all times.
Check out some of the best Via Ferrata equipment for your next adventure.
Highest Via Ferrata in the World
The world's highest via ferrata is also the first course built in Asia. The highest via ferrata is known as Mountain Torq and is located on Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. The course starts at 11,155 feet elevation and gains over 1,300 feet in elevation as you make your way to the end at an elevation of 12,467 feet. The next highest via ferrata in the world can be found in the Italian Dolomites mountain range and reaches an elevation of 10,968 feet at its highest point.