Calgary comes to life in summer! While the city is brimming with exciting things to do, its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains means Calgary is an ideal base for both outdoor enthusiasts and city lovers looking for an adventure in the outdoors.
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 on Mt. Stelfox near 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 Mt. 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 (Paddy), you’ll fall in love with the Nordegg area in a way you never thought possible. Paddy will ensure the experience is personalized for your needs, with group sizes maxed out at 6 people.
“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
Make sure you send Paddy a message through our app beforehand with any questions you may have about the climbing the Mt Stelfox Via Ferrata. He’ll also provide all equipment needed for this Adventure! Read more about this Adventure here.
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!
MT STELFOX VIA FERRATA
We will show you how to secure yourself into the cable with your lanyards as you climb the steel rungs of the Via Ferrata. It is a very leisurely and enjoyable day with stunning views through Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway on the drive as well the views from above Abraham Lake itself while on the climb are nothing short of spectacular!
MT YAMNUSKA SCRAMBLE AND CHAIN SECTION
Mt Yamnuska is an impressive and beautiful peak that you’ll see on your way out of Calgary heading towards Banff, and is one of the most iconic hikes/scrambles in the area. You’ll get to cross an exposed-chained section, ‘scree ski’ down the side, and enjoy incredible views of the Rocky Mountains.