Via Ferrata: Telluride, Colorado

John Sasso on Via Ferrata Telluride. Photo by Bob Eakle

June 23, 2018 Official AMC Outing
Membership Required
6 maximum
Contact: John Sasso
Johnandd91@gmail.com
970-985-1421

What is this?
A two mile hike starting at 9000’ and ending at 10000’ takes you to the top of a cliff band were a series of cables and steel steps traverse horizontally for about a mile.
The procedure is then reversed to the original starting point due to private land.
Four miles of hiking would be eliminated with a four wheel drive high clearance vehicle.

Plan on a day of physical activity at ten thousand feet elevation. You will need appropriate clothing, food and at least three liters of water.
Average Low/High temps for this time of year are: 43/73f.

Disclaimer:
This activity is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. This Via Ferrata and associate activities are dangerous and can result in injury and/or death. Climbing exposes you to risks. Risks are not eliminated by training, or skill. By your participation in any AMC activity or event, you accept and assume any and all risks, including those created by negligence, connected to such activity or event.
This is a “Joint Venture” and you will assume all responsibilities for yourself. There is no licensed guide on this Outing.
By applying for this Outing you are acknowledging that you have read and understood this disclaimer.

Some of the gear you will need:
Helmet, Harness, Via Ferrata Lanyards (cannot be rented unless you hire a guide, which I am not).
An online search will allow you to buy what you need. Here’s a link to one type of device.
https://www.trekkinn.com/outdoor-mountain/salewa-set-via-ferrata-premium-attac/136362577/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=4543677&country=us&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8Irz476N2wIVg0OGCh3NEg9IEAQYBSABEgLhB_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Another option: http://www.animatedknots.com/purcell/

We’ll meet at Clark’s Market 9am just past the first roundabout as you enter Telluride.

Getting to Telluride, Colorado:
Fly into Grand Junction and rent a car. It’s about a 2 ½ hr. drive to Telluride.
Driving from Phoenix is about 8 hours.
There are flights into Telluride.

Where to Stay:
Search for many Hotels or B&B’s if you plan on living it up.

Camping:
Sunshine Campground, first come first serve.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/recarea?ss=110308&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003738&navid=110240000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&position=generalinfo&recid=32454&ttype=recarea&pname=Sunshine%20Campground%20-%20Norwood%20RD

Matterhorn Campground, reservations:
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/matterhorn/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73831

Free camping:
Numerous areas in National Forest off Highway 145 south of Telluride.
Some of them are:
Alta Lakes Road; Ophir Loop; North Trout Lake Road, among others.
For additional detail refer to Trails Illustrated map #141 titled:
Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, Lake City.

• Important to know
Paid membership in the AMC is required to attend this meetup. When you RSVP, you’ll be asked for your full name, email, and phone number. Your contact information is needed to verify club membership and to facilitate communication for the Outing Leaders. Individuals who do not respond to the Meetup question when RSVPing or do not have current AMC membership will be moved to Not Going by the Outing Leaders.
Participants will be chosen based on technical experience.

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