I did the coolest thing ever last weekend. It’s called Via Ferrata and it’s an assisted climbing activity in Banff National Park. If you’ve ever fancied going mountaineering or rock climbing (but were too scared to try), this is the activity for you. First, the basics. You’re probably wondering as I was, what Via Ferrata means. It’s Italian for iron road. During the war years, they fastened iron rungs to the mountain face, forging a trail so troops could quickly get through the Alps. It’s a popular activity in Europe, but there are precious few Via Ferratas in Canada. Via Ferrata just opened at Mount Norquay this summer and if you can climb a ladder, you can so do this. It’s like getting all the thrills and views typically reserved for elite climbers, but with all the safety features. You have to wear a helmet, harness and lanyard, which connects you to the iron cable. You clip your carabiner into the cable, then you climb. Clip, climb, clip, climb. Easy peasy, just like that. Here’s a few pictures to give you a better idea of what it’s like.
Have you been mountaineering or rock climbing (outside of a gym)?
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