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Telluride via Ferrata, CO
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Telluride via Ferrata, CO 
Telluride via Ferrata, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2015
rvcarter
Hiking2.87 Miles 453 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   1.47 mph
453 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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The via ferrata above Telluride is accessed off the switchbacks on the jeep road leading to the old powerhouse sitting on Bridal Veil Falls. This is not quite the Dolomites in Italy, but a nice outing just the same. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun this was. Remember to take your helmut and harness. Be aware that some sections have pretty extreme exposure. If heights bother you, don't try this. If heights don't bother you, there are some places to get your heart rate up. The web has lots of information about this.

Summit Post, among lots of other sources if you do a search on the internet, has a nice writeup, including the following paragraph which explains its origin:
"Chuck Kroger – local explorer and climber – first came across European Via Ferrate back in 1967 on trip to the Alps. He traveled the world looking for adventure, but once he settled for good in Telluride, Kroger became a trail building fiend and an advocate for access to local wilderness and peaks. He eventually decided to built via ferrata here. Starting in 2006, Kroger used his climbing skills to ascend sheer faces, packing a rock drill. He wasn’t just a renowned climber but also a master ironworker. Kroger forged and fabricated holds in his workshop and tried to make the route as safe as possible, using 5 ½ inch bolts versus the 2 ½ inch size used in most climbing holds. Then cancer took hold of Kroger, but his friends helped him finish putting up the Via Ferrata before he became too ill. He died Christmas Day 2007. The route he left behind is his legacy and all who travel it pay tribute to his vision. Locals call this iron way The Krogerata".

My track is somewhat screwy, probably because of the places along the cliff face where satellite reception is lost. I posted it anyway, since it shows the exact switchback to stop and start climbing. The route passes directly over some nice climbing sport routes on the Pipeline Wall. Check out the pictures.
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