Ouray Via Ferrata

Summer 2020
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Tuna Haulin', Tight Ropin', and Cliff Scaling

Duration: 2-4 hours
Location: Think Ouray Ice Park Vicinity
Skill: Love a little adventure
Mental Game: The stoke is high

The Ouray Via Ferrata route begins off the Ice Park Loop trail at the South end of the New Funteer access trail and crosses the Uncompahgre River, continuing North and ending just past the “Upper Bridge”.

The route is varied with sections of narrow rock ledge, rungs across blank rock sections, climbing and descending sections and cable traverses – with the entire route protected by continuous safety cable.

The route is positioned entirely on the east side of the ice park gorge with no interference arising with Park ice climbing routes, operations or activity. Care has been taken to create this Via Feratta with the additional purpose of using it to access, and not interfere with, existing and potential new rock climbing routes on the eastern ice park cliff faces. This construction is intended to be a “core” Uncompahgre Gorge installation with future expansion in all directions feasible.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for an adventure! Challenging but fun! This was my son’s first via ferrata and he smiled the entire route. Cable bridge gets things off to an exciting start and the sky ladder towards the end is amazing!-Kevin Anderson

Tips & Safety

1. You must use approved gear

Minimum Required Equipment on the Ouray Via Ferrata include:

  • EN958 Certified Via Ferrata Energy Absorbing System (EAS)
  • EN12492 Certified Helmet – Mountaineering
  • EN 12277 Certified Harness – Mountaineering
  • Use of non-certified or improvised equipment may result in death or serious injury

2. Hire a guide

The Ouray Via Ferrata route is a technical climbing adventure (rated 4b on the Fletcher/Smith Italian VF Scale) in Ouray’s Uncompahgre Gorge featuring a variety of challenges for participants. Inexperienced users should highly consider the services of a professional guide to lead them on the route.

3. Watch the weather

Weather in the San Juan Mountains can change quickly and summer monsoons always bring afternoon storms.  We highly recommend you check local conditions before heading out on the Via Ferrata. Once you’re on route, it’s almost impossible to see approaching storms.

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The course is sure to thrill even the most seasoned climbers. Something for the entire family.