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Whether you’re from a city or a rural town, Whistler naturally attracts people who love the outdoors. That love comes in varying degrees ranging from having your lunch amongst 700 year old old-growth rainforest or morning yoga by the lake, right the way up to spending several days alone in the BC backcountry. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, we’re all driven by the need to get closer to nature…and, in some ways, closer to ourselves.

Conquering the Whistler Via Ferrata

Whistler Via Ferrata may not be something you’ve ever hear of, but the tour and its operators have been in Whistler since the early days of the resort, leading thousands of visitors to find themselves and their limits in the mountains. Via Ferrata is often the first taste of rock climbing and mountaineering for many, but it’s very rarely the last.

Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Road”, a series of permanently fixed metal rungs that help climbers scale a rock face without needing any prior rock climbing experience. Using a climbing harness and safety cables, participants of the Whistler Via Ferrata climb their way from mid-way on “the saddle” to the 2160m summit of Whistler Mountain.

Who should climb the Via Ferrata: Anyone with good physical fitness. The Whistler Via Ferrata is designed for people with no rock climbing experience who want to experience the same exhilaration and epic views.

What not to forget: Take your camera. Whether it’s a compact camera or just your phone (safely secured in a pocket or bag), you’re not going to want to miss taking envy-inducing Facebook or Instagram photos of the views out over the coast mountains.

Below are of some photos from my Via Ferrata experience in June 2015.

Book the Whistler Via Ferrata

Whistler Via Ferrata dates: June – September 21 2014. Weekend tours offered up to October 13 2014.

Price: $129.00 – Adult, $119.00 – Youth (18 and under), $499.00 – Family (2 adults, 2 youth), $649.00 – Private Family (for ages 13yrs and younger)

A lift ticket for Whistler Blackcomb is required for this tour.

To book the Whistler Via Ferrata: mountainskillsacademy.com/trips/whistler-via-ferrata-tour or call directly on

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