Climbing Via Ferrata – Banff’s Newest Adventure Activity
Italian for “iron road” via ferrata is a protected mountain route equipped with fixed cables, rungs or ladders and bridges. Originating in the 19th century, the roots of via ferratas are most commonly associated with the First World War. Several were built in the Italian Dolomites to aid in the movement of troops.
Today 1000 routes exist worldwide drawing those with a spirit of adventure and a love of the outdoors.
Below you can see how the safety leashes on the harness clip into the cable with carabiners. Do we look like we are having fun?
With breathtaking views, traversing these mountain cliffs was previously only accessible to experienced climbers. With the via ferrata anyone fit enough to climb a ladder can experience the grandeur.
Providing two routes, visitors to Banff Mount Norquay’s via ferrata choose how far they will step out of their comfort zone. The two hour Explorer route involves a few pitches of climbing as well as crossing the suspension bridge.
The four hour Ridgewalker route takes you higher up on the Norquay cliffs giving more exposure to the jaw dropping views.
You may be asking yourself ” Can you fall?” The answer is yes however the leashes that attach you to the cable will catch you. Having the iron rungs in place for feet and hands on the route reduces the chance of falling substantially in the first place.
Coming down from the summit involves both hiking and the use of via ferrata in more exposed locations. Sturdy hiking shoes or boots are a requirement.
With special thanks for an extraordinary adventure to our guides Ian and Corrina. You can imagine how many times I asked to stop to take photos and ask questions.
Will you be heading out to experience the via ferrata for yourself? Click here for map and reservations.