CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER SORRYVia Ferrata in Telluride - SEPTEMBER

Via Ferrata in Telluride

Here is a good look at what the Via ferrata looks like. No one should come if they cannot bridle their fear of heights!


EVERYONE – READ this about the gear.

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/tech-skills-via-ferrata-equipment

I am going to look over this material and fabricate my own from ropes, carabiners, etc. that I have.

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.

BRING:

Sturdy shoes, comfortable standing on iron rungs and grippy enough for loose

gravel ledges

HELMET

REQUIRED

Climbing harness (or climbing harness with a chest harness)

4 or more locking carabiners - can be self-locking or screw-lock. Either work, but you should be familiar with whatever you choose; a few non-lockers too if you have them

4ft to 8ft pieces of 1" webbing; or 8mm or 9mm climbing rope/ accessory cord

Light/leather gloves are helpful

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

Dress for the weather - approx 50*, possibly breezy/windy

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

WHEN/WHERE:

Meet at 7:00 AM at the Orchard Mesa City Market. We can carpool or caravan from there. Anyone who wants to meetup in Montrose, etc. be sure to note that in RSVP. Post your phone # etc. for easy communication.

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RSVP:

Please note in your RSVP your rock climbing related experience. This event is 'by approval only'. Post where you will be coming from and something about transportation plans.

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This is a view of Kahtoola Micro Spikes. THey grip below and stay on any shoe or boot above.


MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD SETUP. The following pics could help.

4 or more LOCKING carabiners - can be self-locking or screw-lock. Either work, but you should be familiar with whatever you choose; a few non-lockers too if you have them

Look at the distance between Tom's harness and the cable. You want your webbing to be at least 4 feet long.

This is Ernesto's setup with a sling, with knots in various locations so he can clip in at any distance.

Wes had really long leashes, about 5 feet. It's better to be longer than shorter.

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  • Andy K.

    I'm thinking about trying Sunday, October 5th. I know some won't be able to go, but I want to get this done before it gets colder and wetter. Mother Nature might push our trip to the 11th so Mel can come

    2 · September 28

    • Andy K.

      I assumed it was me. Wouldn't it be funny if you were called old AND a toddler in the same conversation?

      September 28

    • Andy K.

      Yep, confirmed by Karen: you're a toddler and old. And I'm just a toddler

      September 28

  • Karen L.

    I wasn't referring to diapers or depends. Or maybe I was? ;) but. ..seriously in reference to our age vs yours!

    1 · September 28

  • sal

    Will be great if put this meet up in 11th or 12th because the 5th just coming back from north wash...

    September 28

  • mel

    So, it will be raining and snowing constantly all night, which will make for slippery trails. There is a huge system coming in. Also, it will rain and snow tomorrow morning, and after the morning it will be on and off the entire time. It will be extremely cloudy and very cold, so no views :( I would rather go when there are views and not such slippery conditions.

    September 27

    • Andy K.

      Cancel cancel cancel

      September 27

    • Ruth S.

      Phooey! Silly weather! I usually like a good rainstorm but not when it means I can't go do this! Oh well. It'll be there another day. Guess I'll take my dogs hiking instead!

      1 · September 27

  • Ruth S.

    So what are our numbers looking like for this weekend? I'v got another friend that might be interested in going if there is space (but I told her the group was already big so there may not be).

    September 26

    • Andy K.

      Numbers are fine. Depends on weather

      September 26

    • Ruth S.

      Awesome. I'll see if she wants to go!

      September 27

  • Karen L.

    Will we reschedule if rain?

    September 26

  • sal

    I have to go to Denver so I have to skip this wonderful trip,

    September 26

  • Doug Van E.

    If the rain shuts you down, I suggest you take some of the $$ that would have gone into gas tanks and out tailpipes and use it to go to one or the other of the rock gyms in GJ. http://www.gjclimbing.com/ this one opens at noon on Sunday or http://www.grandvalleyclimbing.com/ which opens at 10 AM on Sunday.

    2 · September 25

    • DAVID S.

      Or one of the breweries Doug. :)

      1 · September 25

  • Ruth S.

    So myself and my plus one are definitely in but we'll be coming from Ridgway. What is the best place to meet up with you guys? Maybe along the town park in Ridgway?

    1 · September 24

    • Andy K.

      The Weather Channel says 60% chance of rain Saturday, 90% chance Sunday. That's not exactly promising, unfortunately! What if we watch the clouds and radar screen, and decide Saturday evening? If it looks messy, we'll cancel by dinnertime Saturday, and go from there. I hope out miraculously clears up, but I don't want to do it wet. Ridgway already tried that, and didn't like it. I'll take his word for it.

      1 · September 25

    • mel

      My husband's a meteorologist, I'll get y'all a detailed forecast Saturday afternoon for Sunday for that area.

      2 · September 25

  • DAVID S.

    But what if you're Popeye and have really strong forearms...do you still need a harness??

    1 · September 25

  • mel

    So I'm be to the whole cold weather thing. I have a pair of ski pants and,a ski jacket. Theoretically those are waterproof, so if I wear those will I stay dry if we get rained on?

    September 24

  • Ridgway R.

    50% chance of rain in Telluride is more like 100% as it is in the mountains. Did that hike with a bit of rain a while ago, not a good idea.

    September 23

    • Summer

      Good to know. I'm from SLC too, so if the forcast doesn't change, I'd better plan on going another time.

      2 · September 23

  • Doug Van E.

    Scrolling through your list of Via Ferratans, Andy it looks like the level of experience and competence is WAY ABOVE that of any group WSA has previously assembled for this day of fun and adventure.

    1 · September 23

  • Sandy

    Sadly, I am bowing out. The weather does not look like it will cooperate and a 7hr drive from SLC just to get weathered out is not in MY forecast! Have fun! Be safe!

    September 23

    • Andy K.

      That's a long drive! I'm sure it'll be on the calendar next year with better weather. Sorry to lose you, but hope you have a great weekend!

      September 23

  • mel

    A chance of thunder snow in telluride on Sunday! So it'll be chillyyyyyy!

    September 22

    • Andy K.

      Don't forget your rain gear, everyone!

      September 22

    • Andy K.

      Thanks for the update, Mel!

      September 22

  • Karen L.

    Andy, are two lines per person good enough. P is asking. Thx!

    September 22

    • Andy K.

      That's all you want. Two per person

      September 22

  • Ruth S.

    Hey guys, Just a heads up; Black bear pass in Telluride got washed out last week and is closed to ALL traffic including hikers below the Via Ferrata meaning that the Via Ferrata is NOT accessible. Might want to double check (maybe with the San Miguel Sheriff?) before anyone drives all the way down from GJ and see if it's been opened back up.

    1 · September 8

    • Andy K.

      I think the pass is open now :)

      September 22

    • Ruth S.

      Hooray!

      September 22

  • Karen L.

    We are talking about camping at Woods Lake near Placerville Saturday night or if another campground is more suitable. . Mention. Anyone interested?

    September 17

    • Summer

      If I come, I'd be interested in camping with you. I'll probably bring a friend along for the ride, as well, though she won't do the hike with us.

      September 22

  • Karen L.

    Got it. Thx, Andy!

    September 22

  • Karen L.

    We are in! And Andy. .I just sent pic to you. Also. . Are we planning on lunch in tride after? Is black bear still closed? Anyone know?

    September 22

    • Andy K.

      Black Bear Pass is open, I talked to the road dept today (Monday). I'm sure we're planning on eating afterward. Everyone review the gear list and the pictures I just inserted in the details.

      September 22

  • Doug Van E.

    Andy with 5 already on your waiting list, I would be willing to take a 2nd group, maybe even from the opposite direction then we would not need to set up a car shuttle. Hope to see you at the potluck this evening, Sept. 8th. A young man has to eat somewhere, sometime. May as well be with outdoor friends. Come on, Andy . . . .

    September 8

    • mel

      Just a suggestion

      September 22

    • Andy K.

      Two groups is good with me. I remember we got bunched up a couple times when we went, but two groups could take less total time than three

      September 22

  • Summer

    Hi all - just wanted to make sure everyone who is signed to go is going, since some of us are still on the wait list. If I don't make it off the waitlist, hope you all have a fantastic time.

    September 21

  • Karen L.

    Great, Andy! We feel more comfortable w you!

    September 17

  • mel

    I'm wondering about the ice coverage on the trail. With the snow that has already fallen, crampons might not be a bad idea. I also have a 4wd we can take to the top, granted there is no ice. I have no experience driving on ice or snow and don't want to start on the side of a cliff.

    September 12

    • Karen L.

      Yes! If we aren't camping. Then I'd say angler inn in Placerville. We still w you (group), Andy?

      September 17

    • Andy K.

      Sure! We can straighten out group logistics later, but I'll save you a spot

      September 17

  • Ruth S.

    Ooh! Looks like they had Black Bear scheduled to be fixed up last weekend! I'll do some poking around and see if that happened as scheduled! http://www.ouraynews.com/articles/2014/08/27/western-slope-black-bear-pass-will-be-closed-next-week

    September 10

    • Andy K.

      My buddy will be in Telluride this weekend and I asked him to look into it, so that's something.

      September 11

  • Karen L.

    Of course....We want to meet you in Montrose, Andy....and will be on your team??

    1 · June 19

  • Ruth S.

    Awesome! I've been wanting to do this for a while and haven't gotten around to it yet. I guess now is the time!

    One thing I noticed on the gear list
    Climbing harness (or chest harness)

    A climbing harness is a MUST. A chest harness alone is a BAD idea. I chest harness WITH a climbing harness would be fine but not alone!

    2 · June 19

    • Andy K.

      Welcome, Ruth! I didn't catch that when I posted it, but it's fixed. Thanks!

      1 · June 19

  • Karen L.

    Really excited about this!

    1 · June 19

    • Andy K.

      We should have some great fall colors and might even hear elk bugling, while hanging out on a cliff! Stooooked

      1 · June 19

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