Alpenglow Expeditions, a North Lake Tahoe area-based guide service, will soon begin construction of two Via Ferrata climbing routes up Tram Face at Squaw Valley Resort. The routes will allow even those with no climbing experience the opportunity to safely scale the iconic rock face, exploring high alpine terrain while taking in the beautiful vistas.
Via Ferrata, an Italian term meaning Iron Road is a protected climbing route with permanent steel anchors and cables that allow participants to be safely connected to the rock 100% of the time. All climbs will be led by Alpenglow Expeditions’ experienced team of AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) trained guides who will teach participants how to navigate the rock face while introducing basic climbing techniques.
You wanna stand on the top of Tram Face in @squawalpine like @jimmychin here but aren’t @jimmychin? Well finally you too can get up Tram Face but don’t have to do it like we usually do it without ropes and safety gear. @alpenglowexpeditions has spent the past few years working to put up a Via Ferrata up Tram Face. In September they’ll be opening up so that non-climbers can experience the beauty, exposure and steepness of Tram Face. Follow @tahoevia if you want to give it a go one day.
The Via Ferrata at Squaw Valley is the first in the Lake Tahoe area and will open up one-of-a-kind access to one of California’s most iconic rock faces: the Tram Face, which towers above The Village at Squaw Valley.
“Our Via Ferrata routes will let adventurers of all skill levels experience the exhilaration of a real climb,” said Alpenglow Expeditions CEO, Adrian Ballinger. “Best of all, entire families, regardless of experience, can take part in the same climb – and share the same breathtaking views of Squaw Valley and the Lake Tahoe region.”
The first guided ascents are expected to commence in September 2018.
“We constantly look for new and exciting opportunities for adventurous families and groups to explore our unique mountain environment,” said Kyle Crezee, director of activities at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “We’re thrilled to expand our existing partnership with Alpenglow Expeditions and will be working with them to install and operate Tahoe’s first Via Ferrata.”
Beginning this fall, Alpenglow Expeditions plans to offer full-day and half-day guided Via Ferrata tours. No climbing experience is necessary, but basic hiking fitness is recommended.
For more information about The Tahoe Via Ferrata and to book your adventure, visit tahoevia.com or call Alpenglow Expeditions at 877-873-5376.