Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest