"Via Ferrata" opens on Whistler Peak 

Canada’s first high alpine "Via Ferrata" – a European-style climbing route with permanently fixed cables and metal ladder rungs– is now open at the top of Whistler Mountain.

The engineered vertical pathways were first installed throughout Europe during World War I as a way to move troops across mountains.

Italian for ‘Iron Way,’ the Via Ferrata allows those looking for more than an alpine hike, but less than a full mountaineering experience on the climb to the peak of Whistler Mountain.

The experience is a combination of rock climbing, rung climbing, and hiking, and involves climbing up a series of rungs bolted into the rock face.

According to the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau, climbing the Via Ferrata doesn’t require any skills or prior experience, just a spirit for being outdoors and enjoying nature.

The Via Ferrata guided hike on Whistler Mountain leaves daily at 11:00 a.m. throughout the summer season.

For more information contact the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau at 604-938-9242 or visit www.whistlerguides.com .

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