Via Ferrata in Telluride, Colorado
Known for its excellent skiing, the small town of Telluride, Colorado, is among few places in the country that offers via ferrata, a protected climb using a steel cable fixed to the route as well as iron rungs (or stemples) in the form of a ladder for easier access (and limiting any fall). It’s like extreme hiking along a sheer cliff, and it still works major muscle groups. In the San Juan Mountain Range, climbers can scale a 600-foot wall 350-feet off the ground and take in immense views of the old mining town and Bridal Veil Falls, the town’s famed boxed canyon.
Mountain Trip offers guided tours (approximately $150 per person), and Fairmont Franz Klammer Lodge (which arranges the climbs) offers a fourth night free through October 31 (minimum three night stay). fairmont.com
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