Via Ferrata Trip to Nelson Rocks West Virginia

  • June 9, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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(Info borrowed from Nelson Rocks website.)

Noun-

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

Origin:
(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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_ferrata
http://www.nelsonrocks.org/ViaFerrata.html

Trip Details:
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:
http://reservations.nelsonrocksoutdoorcenter.com/express/reservation/

Bring:
-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

-Sunblock

-Bug repellent

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Pure adventure! Let's do this again!

    June 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Incredible - This is the perfect outing for this group. If you haven't done this, you need to do so soon.

    June 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Swwweeeeet!! This was the best meetup so far

    June 11, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Wow what a great weekend.. the weather was perfect, the group was awesome and the climb was amazing...

    June 10, 2012

  • Steve R.

    IT ROCKS!!!!! The fun of rock climbing at a greatly reduced technical level.

    June 10, 2012

  • Steve R.

    Per Accuweather, the forecast for Saturday in Centerville WV is 81 degrees, "partly sunny and beautiful". This is going to rock! (ya, pun intended....)

    June 8, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Hey Ian... You just need to call nelson rocks and pay so they have a head count... and if you want to car pool let me know

    Robin

    June 6, 2012

  • Robin L.

    See you there Rob

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robin - Everyone. I'm not going to be able to car pool, leaving the area on Friday and will meet the group there - and I have to travel back after on Saturday.

    June 6, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Cool Jason see you there..

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I am going to drive up and bring my road bike...go for a ride up there on Sunday.

    June 6, 2012

  • Steve R.

    Got one comment from Jason about not necessarily wanting to do the CaveXplore, but didn't hear from anyone else. Everyone - your thoughts either way? I thought this could affect who carpools with whom, so I wanted to bring it up. Since I am riding with Robin I guess I am doing whatever she is doing... ;-)

    June 6, 2012

  • Robin L.

    sorry Rob you said you did not want to .. Right?
    Jason do you want to car pool? Please let me know

    June 6, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Rob do you want to car pool? please let me know asap.. thanks

    June 6, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Cool.. We will see you there Rob

    June 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in!

    June 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All paid up....Steven Im a big dude lol...Im afraid I may get stuck in one of those cracks lol

    May 29, 2012

  • Steve R.

    I just looked at the Seneca Caves site....anyone else up for the Cave-Xplore option? From the website "CaveXplore offers a taste of wild caving in the Stratosphere Cave. Adventurers are outfitted with headlamps, knee pads, gloves and back-up lights and given 2 1/2 hours inside the cave with a guide. CaveXplorers have the opportunity to discover all of the cracks, crevices and hidden paths by climbing, crawling or walking through the dirt and mud." Cost $55-$65/person

    May 28, 2012

  • Steve R.

    Registered and paid up for the climb.

    1 · May 28, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Hey Jason.. Yes all the gear is provided.. As it gets closer i will be working on car pooling arrangements for anyone who wants to do so..

    May 19, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Perry.... yes the 94.50 plus tax is for the climb and staying at the house will 30$ or less depending on how many stay

    May 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is the 98.50 for climb? Also what is the cost share estimate for the yellow house? This sounds like an amazing climb but I gotta check my budget for this.

    May 18, 2012

  • Robin L.

    Christina... the drive is aprox 5 hours.... thats why i decided to rent the yellow house inn for anyone that would like to stay

    May 1, 2012

  • Robin L.

    I totally agree.. i climbed this last year and thought it was amazing... would love to have you join us...

    May 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've climbed this a few times and it is abolutely awesome. I just had my ACL replaced and will check with my Orthopedic to see if I will be able to climb by then as I would love to attend!

    April 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How far of a drive is it there?

    April 27, 2012

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