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Via Ferrata in Telluride on Labor Day

Via Ferrata in Telluride

Here is a good look at what the VF will be . . . no one should come if they cannot bridle their fear of heights.

EVERYONE – READ this about the gear.

 I am going to look over this material and fabricate my own from ropes, ‘biners, etc. that I have. 7,8 or 9 MM accessory cord; or, webbing - either 9/16" or 1" - will make adequate tethers for this event.

I suggest that if you want to do this, you MUST be geared up BEFORE the day of the event. We will not be jerry-rigging your set-up at the time of departure.


• sturdy shoes, comfortable standing on iron rungs and grippy enough for lose gravel ledges


• Climbing harness

• 4 or more locking carabiners; a few non-lockers too if you have them

• 6' and 8' pieces of 1" webbing; or 8mm or 9mm climbing rope/ accessory cord

• spare assorted rope &/or webbing pieces 12', 15' or so just for odds and ends of possible needs

• Dress for the weather - it is the mountains so 10-20 degrees cooler than GJ, afternoon rain showers are always possible, wind can be mild all the way to a howl

We should do the VF  in teams of no more than 4-6. Therefore, if we get more than that . . . we may want another experienced climber to head up a ‘team’.


Time and place above from GJ. If you are meeting us down south, we'll drop in to Kate's Place 615 W. Clinton in Ridgeway. We can stop there long enough for coffee, tea or even breakfast. The ambiance and food are great.

We can carpool or caravan from there. Anyone who wants to meetup in GJ, Montrose, Ridgeway, etc. be sure to note that in RSVP. Post your phone # etc for easy communication.


Please note in your RSVP 1 sentence about your rock climbing related experience. This event is 'by approval only'. If I do not already know your comfort level for stuff like this we will need to talk BEFORE you are accepted to participate.

Post where you will be coming from and something about transportation plans.


Each person will be asked to voluntarily contribute $10 to be donated to the Ouray County Search & Rescue team.


Doug Van Etten [masked]


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  • Brenna O

    Looks like a great trip. Would have come but went to Chaco Canyon. Doug how about do the trip again beginning of October to see the changing of the trees.

    September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to do it the last weekend in sept!

      September 12, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Send some details about when & where and your ph # and you know what sort of info you need to trade out from the last posting so I can just copy it and fill in your details.

      September 13, 2013

  • Laney H.

    The second time around was much less intimidating as you knew what to expect!! The Via Ferratta has lots of thrills! Thanks to all who took the great photos.

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • susan

      yes, thank you to all the photographers

      September 4, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Nice photos everyone who has posted them. Thanks for a great day and sharing awesome photos.

    September 4, 2013

  • Ralph

    A unique, scenic traverse across the face of the cliffs near Telluride. The airy hanging-on-the-side-of-the-cliff sections had reasonable handholds and footholds and weren't quite as bad as I had expected, although still a little scary in spots.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Mary h.

    hum, er, how do I answer this as one heights-phobic person. Got some great photos and I loved my companions - especially Logan and Doug who talked me through the ladders. OK I did it - and glad to be back on solid earth again.

    2 · September 2, 2013

    • susan

      your photos are GREAT!

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    2nd time for me and just as much fun as 1st time. Glad to be able to help Mary get across those iron rungs that can create a feeling of hanging in space. Thanks to all for a grand day.

    September 2, 2013

  • Barrie B.

    GJ folks, If you're going to meet at Kate's in Ridgway at 8:30, you will have to meet & leave Orchard Valley by 7:00. We'll meet at the Shell station to do the final car shuffle. Logan & I spoke about it. Parking in Telluride is at a premium. See you there

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    David Lloyd and I (Tom Cannon) did the Telluride Via Ferrata on Monday August 19, 2013 and did NOT notice any damage.

    August 30, 2013

  • susan

    OK, Kate's Place. approximately what time do you think you will be there? 8:30 ish?

    August 30, 2013

  • susan

    I will meet you at the intersection of Hwy 550 in Ridgeway.

    August 29, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      This is what it says in the text above about meeting in Ridgeway: If you are meeting us down south, we'll drop in to Kate's Place 615 W. Clinton in Ridgeway. We can stop there long enough for coffee, tea or even breakfast. The ambiance and food are great.

      August 30, 2013

  • Barrie B.

    After Kate's plan on carpooling from Ridgway. Spare vehicles can stay at my place, 1030 Charles St. [masked]-4246. I'll most likely be in Telluride already. Meet at the Shell station about 1 mi +/- past the new roundabout in Telluride. Questions? Call me.

    August 30, 2013

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