For your day on the Nordegg Via Feratta you will need appropriate comfortable clothing and footwear that allows for good freedom of movement and steady traction for rough ground. Approach style shoes, running shoes and/or light hiking boots would be considered suitable footwear.
In essence, the weather in the Rockies is highly changeable and you will want to bring a selection of outer layers to stay warm and dry but also be able to layer down when conditions are warm and brilliant.
A waterproof/windproof shell and an insulated jacket and/or non-cotton sweater or fleece will work well. Make sure to bring sunscreen along with a hat and good quality sunglasses for eye protection.
Food and drink should be brought along as well. We recommend bringing a lunch with a few healthy things to snack on and some water of course.
*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts. *Additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accommodation not included. Max 6:1 Participant to Guide Ratio
Via Feratta tours running daily in summer 2019
The Mt. Stelfox Via Feratta near Nordegg is an entirely different experience that is similar to the the Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay in Banff but also very different. The Mt Stelfox Via Feratta is a bit longer, a bit steeper in few sections but above all it is uncrowded and peaceful with stunning views of peaks and aquamarine lakes.
Often when we guide this route there is no one else around. So although it is a bit of drive to get there (2 1/2 hrs from Canmore), it is a unique and non-commercialized experience that gets you away from the maddening crowds of Banff and Lake Louise. This provides a unique and authentic mountain experience.
The Mt Stelfox Via Ferrata above Abraham Lake is located halfway between Saskatchewan Crossing on the Highway 93 North (Icefields Parkway) and the town of Nordegg on the David Thompson Highway.
The Via Feratta route is about 180 metres in vertical height or roughly 600 ft high. It takes roughly 2 1/2 hrs to drive from Canmore (2 hrs from Banff) to the access parking lot. A picturesque 25 minute hike to the base of the Via Feratta, about 1.5 hours to climb the route and finally it takes about 30-40 minutes to walk back down the trail to the car parking area.
When we arrive at climb, we will show you how to secure yourself into the cable with your lanyards as you climb the steel rungs of the Via Ferrata. It is a very leisurely and enjoyable day with stunning views through Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway on the drive as well the views from above Abraham Lake itself while on the climb are nothing short of spectacular!
Remember, all equipment is provided for you and included in the price. Your CanRock Mountain Guides are ACMG/IFMGA certified Alpine or Mountain Guides and specialize in ensuring a safe and unforgettable experience for yourself and/or your companions!
Get in touch with us today at 403 609 0795 to book a day of Via Feratta this summer or use our booking page on the site. CanRock Mountain Guides provides safety oriented, authentic alpine experiences.