August 9th, 2012
What Goes Up
Some call it climbing, others call it vertical hiking.
We call it mildly terrifying (heights get us every time). Originally developed during the First World War so troops could move easily over the mountains, Via Ferrata (Italian for “Iron Way”) are paths on the mountainside made of permanently affixed rungs and cables. They require no climbing experience, so this editor scaled one with Whistler Guides and reached the peak of the mountain using nothing but her own two hands and feet.
Easy? No. Exhilarating? Yes.—Kelsey Dundon
$119 per person. Whistler Guides, Whistler, 604-938-9242, www.whistlerguides.com