Via Ferrata... George's going away climb and luau party

Info borrowed from Nelson Rocks website.) Noun-a

route with fixed ladders, cables, and bridges in order to be accessible
to climbersand walkers.

(Italian) literally ‘iron road’

Via Ferrata systems have been popular for decades in Europe, where over 300 routes are open to the public, but they are relatively new and almost entirely unheard of in North America. They involve the use of permanently installed anchor systems, which provide accessibility to those without technical rock climbing skills.

The Via Ferrata at the Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center is unique in many ways. The brainchild of Stuart Hammet, the route was constructed in 2002 by a talented team of North American climbers and riggers. This Via Ferrata was the second to be built in the United States and one of the first to be built solely by North Americans, many of whom are local Seneca Rocks climbing guides.

The route is a true work of art. A labor of love, the Via Ferrata at Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for adventurers to experience true mountain terrain.

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Trip Details:

Lets have some fun with this... It's a Luau climb so put on your best luau outfit and have some fun .... Luau outfits are greatly encouraged but not mandatory... Should you decide to take the dare and dress for the occasion just make sure you will be able to climb in it and you are also able to wear a helmet and harness. There will also be a prize for the best outfit to be judged by our awesome guides... 
Date: Saturday June 8th
Depart Newport News Carpool Location at 5:30 am but please be at carpool location no later than  5:45 please
Drive to 141 Nelson Gap Road , Circleville, WV 
Begin Course at 11am.
Finish by 5 pm followed by a luau cookout and party at the yellow house
Im renting The Yellow House Inn for the night. It's right there at Nelson Rocks. It sleeps 16 people... there is also rooms for rent that sleep 4.. as well as tent sights and cabins... if anyone would like to stay the night. The cost for the yellow house inn is 30.00 for the night, and you will pay me for that when we get there... if you want a room, cabin or tent site you will set that up through nelson rocks and pay them.. only the people staying at the yellow house will pay me..

Cost for the climb and all the equipment you'll need: $105.74 per person also on sun we are doing the canopy tour and it cost $95.66 if anyone wishes to stay and join us...
Sign-up and pay via phone:[masked] you must call Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center and pay for your spot for it to be reserved. its best to call and pay as early as possible.  Mention you are with the Robin Lescord meetup group.

-2 liters of water per person
-snack for the 5-hour trip
-Closed-toe shoes: running/hiking/tennis shoes okay.  Climbing metal bars and pegs will be torture in flip-flops or thin-sole shoes.
-backpack/hip pack-okay


-Bug repellent

Nelson Rocks is working with me to accommodate our group no matter the size. so let the party begin... Hope to see you all there to give George one more totally awesome memory before he leaves us.....

**** You don't have to know George to join this event...everyone is welcome****

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  • Elizabeth

    Awesome time!!

    July 21, 2013

  • Penny H.

    Awesome trip! Thanks Robin for bringing us all together, and everyone for a wonderful time! Liz, so happy you were able to make it in for the zipline (but still bummed about your car delay for via ferrata!)!

    June 10, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Anybody going thru Charlottesville? My car broke down and we are stuck here (2 people)

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i going to hav to wait until the next one. i was just told that i am off this weekend but count me in for the next climb.

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I am so frigging excited!!!!!!

    1 · June 3, 2013

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