This Saturday (Aug. 11) Mammoth’s new Via Ferrata climbing route opens to the public. The protected climbing route will give adventurers of all abilities and fitness levels the chance to experience the thrills of rock climbing & mountaineering with the Eastern Sierra serving as the backdrop.
Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) climbing routes allow climbers to more safely traverse the mountain with the aid of a steel safety cable and metal rungs, steps and a bridge that are permanently fixed to the rock. The Mammoth Mountain Via Ferrata will feature 6 different routes that progress in difficulty. All trips will be fully guided.
The Via Ferrata is located on the rugged cliffs below the Caldera Overlook adjacent to McCoy Station. The guided tour starts with a ride up the gondola to mid-mountain for a quick orientation, then your guide will lead you on a short hike to the base of the Via Ferrata and determine the best climbing route(s) for your group based on comfort and ability. Once you reach the top, your group may downclimb or return to the bottom via the hiking trail.