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Via Ferrata.....

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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.

More information at:

Trip Details:

Date: Saturday June 21 st
Depart Newport News Carpool Location ( at 6:30 am but please be at carpool location no later than 6:15 please
Drive to 141 Nelson Gap Road , Circleville, WV
Begin Course at 1 pm.
Finish by 6 pm . I usually rent the yellow house but it is no longer for rent.. bummer.. but I have 3 Rooms in the lodge held for us ... they each sleep 3 . so if you would like to stay at the lodge in one of the rooms you need to let me know and you would pay me for your spot in the room when you get there. The cost will be $31.50 per person. also we will have use of the big room in the lodge to hang out. They are also bringing up the grill for us to use as well and their is a fire pit up there as well.

Cost for the climb and all the equipment you'll need: $98.58 per person.
Sign-up and pay via phone: 877-435-4842 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