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