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via ferrata hilaryThe 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:

  1. BEWARE OF KNOCKING ROCKS OFF THE TRAIL: There are several areas on this route that traverse above popular rock climbing routes far below.
  2. USE A DYNAMIC SAFETY DEVICE specifically designed for Via Ferrata.
  3. WEAR A HELMET: You are below a huge alpine mountainside. Even a marble-sized rock could ruin your whole day, or worse.
  4. 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.
  5. And don’t even think about bringing your dog.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. LET OTHERS KNOW where you are going and when you plan to return.
  9. 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!


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