It’s no surprise that fall in Telluride, Colorado is magical and beautiful. With the Aspen trees turning from a lush green to a striking gold, there is no better place to take-in the seasonal change. There is also no better place than the Via Ferrata to enjoy the outdoors while viewing fall foliage according to Yahoo Travel. (more…)
The Via Ferrata route seems to be in prime condition with no serious damage from the winter to speak of. Now is a good time for a quiet lap and of course, to brush up on the basics:
- BEWARE OF KNOCKING ROCKS OFF THE TRAIL: There are several areas on this route that traverse above popular rock climbing routes far below.
- USE A DYNAMIC SAFETY DEVICE specifically designed for Via Ferrata.
- WEAR A HELMET: You are below a huge alpine mountainside. Even a marble-sized rock could ruin your whole day, or worse.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT PARTNERS: This climbing route is not appropriate for small children, very short adults, or people who don’t enjoy heights and exposure.
- And don’t even think about bringing your dog.
- WATCH THE WEATHER: There are no options for escape off of this route and getting caught in a lightning storm up there is a bad idea. Rain also increases natural rockfall.
- BRING A HEADLAMP if you think there is any chance of being up there in the dark. A small stumble in the dark would likely have fatal consequences.
- LET OTHERS KNOW where you are going and when you plan to return.
- RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY: We advocate starting at Ingram Creek for an out-and-back adventure from east to west and back. This avoids potentially crossing private property on the route’s western edge.
If you have anything to report about the route, such as loose holds, maintenance concerns, changes in the route or other info, please Contact Us.
Make sure and check out all of the advice on our Via Ferrata page before you head out. The Telluride Mountain Club encourages safe and responsible enjoyment of this climbing route. Have fun, be safe, and responsibly enjoy your alpine lands!
Via Ferrata Cable #4 which was damaged, has been replaced. It’s also been extended about 50 feet to the west.
The cable was extended to compensate for the trail, which became a little more difficult as a result of rockfall. Take note of the telephone pole sized trees broken off when you go through there.
Note: Cable 4 is just west of the hanging forest.
August 13, 2013 — Reports of a rockfall off of Ajax Mountain, Saturday night (8/10), have caused substantial damage to Telluride’s via ferrata.
Climbers should use extreme caution on the via ferrata until repairs are made. Please check back here for updates on the repair and conditions.
UPDATE: August 14 — Where the cable is damaged, climbers should clip into the rungs instead. A few bolts were impacted by falling rocks but none are noticeably loose. After the cable, where the tree was taken out, the trail is a bit rough. There is now about 30 ft of climbing rope and a warning sign.
The damage warrants caution but managing safety on this section is still reasonable.
Rockfall into the gully just west of the Hanging Forest has damaged a cable, bolt and possibly a rung, in addition to substantial terrain movement of large rocks and trees. Those most familiar to the area may notice large loose sections of natural terrain that are likely gone or dramatically altered.