A Guided Climbing Experience
The KMAC Via Ferrata is a unique experience that falls somewhere between scrambling and technical rock climbing. While it is physically demanding, the system of cables and ladders allow even non-experienced climbers to ascend the 600 foot tall cliff. All you need is to have good fitness and at least a passing ability to deal with heights.
Guests, accompanied by KMAC guides, are secured to the pathway system of anchored steel cables as they ascend using natural rock features, ladders, and steel steps. While you ascend, you’ll enjoy stunning vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding valley typically only reserved for rock climbers!
Via ferrata means “Iron Path,” originating from the metal ladders and cables used by the Italian military in WWI to ascend and traverse steep rock and mountain terrain. Via ferratas are an extremely popular sport in the European Alps and now you can experience that thrill here in Colorado!
The Via Ferrata routes offer different levels of challenge and can cover up to 600 feet of vertical climbing. It is a perfect activity for building a team and group.
The KMAC Via Ferrata can be enjoyed by individuals, couples, families, and groups young and old. It’s the perfect way to share in a unique climbing adventure. We can even adjust the level of difficulty based on your adrenaline wishes! Please contact us if party members are below the age of 12 and we can program your outing to include them.
How long does it take?
The approach hike takes about 45 minutes. An average Via Ferrata tour ranges from 2 to 5 hours depending on the group size, speed of ascent, and whether we choose half or full-day.
How safe is the Via Ferrata?
Like rock climbing, the Via Ferrata has inherent risks that are different from normal day to day living. KMAC works to minimize these risks through guide training and proper equipment management. That said, if Via Ferrata participants are attentive and focus on their respective responsibilities within the group the risks involved are very low-safer than driving we always say.
Can I get off the Via Ferrata once I’ve started the climb?
Yes. There are several escape points on the Via Ferrata, should you decide you do not want to continue.
I’m scared of heights, should I climb the Via Ferrata?
If you have a general, healthy fear of heights you should be okay. If you are intensely scared of heights, this might not be the best activity for you, but you probably already knew that…
What do I wear?
Dress in layers so you can make adjustments as you warm up or cool down. In general wear comfy, loose-fitting clothing that does not restrict your movement. Shorts are not recommended. Most climbers prefer to wear pants or capris to keep their knees covered.
What should I bring on the Via Ferrata?
- Day pack (15-30 liters)
- Rain jacket
- Running type shoes or lightweight hiking shoes/boots
- Extra upper body layer
- Long pants
- Water (2 quarts)
- A snack or lunch to eat throughout the day.
- Some people like to wear gloves when climbing (fingerless are best)