Banff Norquay Via Ferrata – Iron Road to the Sky

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Banff Via Ferrata

Climbing Via Ferrata – Banff’s Newest Adventure Activity

Italian for “iron road”  via ferrata is a protected mountain route equipped with fixed cables, rungs or ladders and bridges.  Originating in the 19th century, the roots of via ferratas are most commonly associated with the First World War. Several were built in the Italian Dolomites to aid in the movement of troops.

Today 1000 routes exist worldwide drawing those with a spirit of adventure and a love of the outdoors.

Banff Via FerrataWelcome to the newly opened via ferrata on Mount Norquay in Banff National Park. Hubby and I couldn’t get there fast enough to experience the thrill.

Banff Via FerrataCertified guides lead clients over a suspension bridge, up series of ladders and fixed anchors. Participants and their guides wear climbing harnesses with safety leashes at all times.

Below you can see how the safety leashes on the harness clip into the cable with carabiners…

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