(Info borrowed from Nelson Rocks website.)
a mountain route equipped 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.
More information at:
Date: Saturday June 9th
Depart Newport News Carpool Location at 6:45am.
Drive to 141 Nelson Gap Road , Circleville, WV
Begin Course at 1pm.
Finish by 6pm.
Im renting The Yellow House Inn for the night It's right there at Nelson Rocks. It sleeps 12 to 14 people... if anyone would like to stay the night and maybe go explore The Seneca Caverns sunday morning.. it's right down the road... www.senecacaverns.com
Cost: $94.50 + tax per person
Sign-up and pay via phone:[masked]-4842. Mention you are with the Robin Lescord group. You can also sign-up and pay online at:
-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.
There are 14 climbers per group. Nelson Rocks can accomodate another group about 1 hour later if we get alot of sign-ups. Please use the Meetup Waiting List if full so I can estimate the size of our group and adjust.