The engineered vertical pathways were first installed throughout Europe during World War I as a way to move troops across mountains.
Italian for Iron Way, the Via Ferrata allows those looking for more than an alpine hike, but less than a full mountaineering experience on the climb to the peak of Whistler Mountain.
The experience is a combination of rock climbing, rung climbing, and hiking, and involves climbing up a series of rungs bolted into the rock face.
According to the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau, climbing the Via Ferrata doesnt require any skills or prior experience, just a spirit for being outdoors and enjoying nature.
The Via Ferrata guided hike on Whistler Mountain leaves daily at 11:00 a.m. throughout the summer season.
For more information contact the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau at 604-938-9242 or visit www.whistlerguides.com .