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"Via Ferrata" opens on Whistler Peak

Canada’s first high alpine "Via Ferrata" – a European-style climbing route with permanently fixed cables and metal ladder rungs– is now open at the top of Whistler Mountain.

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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 doesn’t 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 .

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