Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
Kentucky Via Ferrata - Climbing the Iron Rungs!

In honor of the Derby this weekend, I would like to tell you a secret – about the most adventurous thing to do that does not involve a horse in Kentucky! Climb the Via Ferrata, which means The Iron Way. A way of getting across mountains used in the World Wars that has been replicated in only 3 places in the US – Utah, Virginia and Kentucky.

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
The ambiance

 

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
Kentucky Via Ferrata – Climbing the Iron Rungs!

The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 10 to 30 ft) fixed to the rock. Climbers secure themselves to the cable, as they climb iron rung to iron rung that is secured into the rock. Carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often involved as well. Thus a via ferrata allows dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or need for ropes. They enable the less experienced a means of enjoying the dramatic positions and accessing of difficult peaks normally preserved for the serious mountaineer.

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing – Walking the Birdwire…

 

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing – The view up!

 

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
The crew makes their way along the iron way…

This is a real “under the radar” bucket list item. I bet if more outdoorsy types knew about it, the routes would be more crowded, so let’s keep it between us…

Welcome!

Kentucky Via Ferrata Climbing
In between routes…
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