La Via Ferrata!
Authentically Italian; the Canadian Way
Andiamo Amici! Via Ferrata, Italian for "The Iron Way", has become wildly popular in Banff. The activity is an easy and accessible adventure for darn near everyone. Historically, Via Ferrata routes were installed during the 1940's throughout the Italian Alps to move troops safely through vertical mountain spaces. Many of the routes in The Alps remain today, and are now used by adventure travellers who seek a unique and easily accessible adventure in the vertical world steeped in history. While the activity has only taken off in recent years in Canada, it's become hugely popular with those seeking quick access to an everyday adventure. These routes are equipped using fixed iron ladder rungs from bottom to top, never more than an arms reach away, while heavy steel cable links anchor points over the entire length of the route, providing a running and consistent attachment point for the duration of the trip.
Your Mountain Guides come equipped with additional equipment and have an armada of rope tricks available to help you through the occasional tricky spot, with an occasional boost or encouraging word if needed.
All gear is provided and included in the cost. Packed lunch available on request.
Expect to get no shortage of photo opportunities on our Via Ferrata experiences. You'll be spending the day well above the Dave Thompson Corridor, located on Mt. Stelfox, high above the glacial blue waters of Abraham Lake. Harder routes are available along Mt. Ernest, this offers more exposed sections and is considered more nerve-racking during parts of the climb. Our guides will be on hand to make sure you're comfortable and safe at all times.