What is a Via Ferrata?
Have you heard of a Via Ferrata? This type of adventure combines hiking and rock-climbing in the ultimate climb to the clouds. A via ferrata is a pathway of iron rungs fixed to the side of a mountain, allowing climbers to easily ascend the route while attached to a secure cable. They’re found around the world amongst numerous mountain ranges, and we’re lucky to have a collection across Canada, including in Banff, Squamish and one of our favourites on Mount Stelfox in Nordegg, Alberta.
Safely guided by a certified and knowledgeable ACMG guide, this type of activity is accessible for a range of ages and experiences. This up and coming Adventure will get you hooked right away- for more than one reason.
What are the benefits of this Adventure?
Accessibility & Age Range
We mentioned this Adventure is accessible for different ages and experience levels. From 11 to 60 years old, as long as you are in reasonable physical shape (and can handle soaring heights), you’ll be amped about getting out on the Via Ferrata.
No need for climbing skills
And we mean it! The Mt. Stelfox Via Ferrata is both a leisurely and pleasurable climb with stunning views of Abraham Lake. In the words of Local Paddy, “if you are capable of a solid half-day of hiking in moderate terrain, you can absolutely do this!”
Access to views and wildlife
The spaces near Nordegg will subject you to untouched wilderness, breathtaking vistas and endless chances to spot majestic wildlife. Once you delve into areas that are less-frequently travelled, your experience will increase ten-fold. The Mt. Stelfox Via Ferrata is no different. This climb will offer you spectacular views and memorable moments.
As exhilarating as you want it to be
Take it slow. Take it fast. Engage with your charismatic guide. Take in the big wild in silence. This Adventure can be whatever you want it to be. Just like all experiences in life! And as you continue to explore Via Ferratas, you’ll notice that there are varying levels of adrenaline depending on what you’re looking for. This Adventure will absolutely offer you an exhilarating experience within Alberta’s natural landscapes- regardless of your expectations.
Why Mount Stelfox Via Ferrata?
Beating the crowds is part of the Yervana soul. We want to find the path less travelled, love it and preserve it. And the Mt. Stelfox Via Ferrata is a great way to do that. Instead of going to a popular tourist spot (such as Banff’s busy Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata), this Adventure will offer an off-the-beaten-path experience! By going with an experienced, personable guide, you’ll fall in love with the Nordegg area in a way you never thought possible.
“This is an excellent way to get introduced to the mountains, it’s a fairly entry-level mountain trip. You don’t really need any climbing experience to enjoy this, and we take really good care of you. It’s a really fun, compact day.” – Yervana Local, Paddy
Professionally guided Via Ferrata adventures ensure a safe climb, with all the technical gear needed to enjoy the experience stress-free! Read more & book yourself a Via Ferrata adventure in Nordegg, Whislter or Squamish this season!
Explore more outdoor Adventures in and around Banff, Alberta. While you’re in town, check out our Banff Destination Guide for more adventure ideas from our Locals. We also love to hear about your Adventures. Engage with us on social media- Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tag #Yervana or @myyervana for your chance to be featured.
See you on the trails- and the Via Ferrata!