The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir
I couldn’t have agreed more with this famous John Muir quote. The mountains are magical. I love the feeling of being high up soaking in the sun, the air and just breathe in the surrounding. During our recent Banff trip, we decided to experience the highly recommended Mount Norquay via ferrata. Via ferrata means ‘iron road’ in Italian. There are steel cables secure to the mountain/rock with steel bolts and when you climb you will be attached to the cable at all times. At Mount Norquay, they offer several routes with different lengths, heights and difficulty levels. We did the 4 hour ‘Ridge walker’ route which was just right for our first time climbing. My husband is afraid of height so we were being conservative just in case he couldn’t do it. Our route includes some steep hikes, a suspension bridge and lots of climbing.
Our guide was absolutely wonderful in making sure that we were safe the whole time. After this trip, I fell in love with climbing. Nothing beats the feeling of being able to suspend yourself by the cliff and marveling at the creations below your feet. We all enjoyed this activity so much that we didn’t want it to end. Next stop, the via ferratas at the Italian Dolomites, maybe?
Some tips before you go:
- If you are afraid of heights, know your limits. Maybe try the shorter route. The guides are really nice and they will do their best to take care of you if they aware of your condition.
- Hiking poles are definitely a plus for those steep sections especially for the hike downhill.
- Bring water, snacks, extra clothing and rain jackets and wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots. It is breezy up on the mountain and weather can change quickly. A storm was heading our way when we were at the top but the ground crews and the guide were in constant contact to assess it and made plan to get us down quickly if needed.
- Relax and enjoy yourself.