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Overview

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The Via Ferrata at NROCKS is a one of a kind adventure experience, offering a mile of fixed-anchor, professionally-guided rock climbing. During this 3.5-5 hour climb you’ll gain 1085 feet in elevation, cross a suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long, and reach exposed heights of 280 feet. All you need for this day on the rocks is some physical ability, an appreciation of the outdoors, and of course a desire to have a great day outside! The double-fin rocks provide the unique combination of physical challenge and overwhelming beauty! Attracting thousands of people annually from the east coast and beyond since the early 2000’s, the Via Ferrata is open year-round, weather permitting.

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Italian for ‘by way of iron’, the Via Ferrata is a permanently installed system of steel rungs and cables that allows you to climb up and over two towering rock fins. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort. Participants MUST be 13 or older and weigh between 88 and 265 pounds.

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Details & Safety

Initially designed and built to transport troops in Italy during World War 1, Via Ferratas have now become a recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts. Beginners and experienced enthusiasts enjoy the Via Ferrata at NROCKS. You’ll gear up, and get taught how to use the 2 carabiner lanyard which allows climbers to be clipped into the safety cable at all times. Then off you go, the higher you climb, the better the views! Make sure to bring a camera and a friend to record this awesome outdoor adventure!

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Full Moon Tours

A night out like no other! Sign up to climb the Via Ferrata on the night of the full moon, April – October. MUST have prior experience on the Via Ferrata at NROC & must be 13 years old or older.

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2021 Full Moon Tour Dates

Tours offered day before, of, and after the Full Moon

  • Jan 28 – Wolf Moon
  • Feb 27 – Snow Moon
  • Mar 28 – Worm Moon
  • Apr 26 – Pink Moon
  • May 26 – Flower Moon
  • Jun 24 – Strawberry Moon
  • Jul 23 – Buck Moon
  • Aug 22 – Sturgeon Moon
  • Sep 20 – Corn Moon
  • Oct 20 – Harvest Moon
  • Nov 19 – Beaver Moon
  • Dec 18 – Cold Moon

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FAQ

How does it work?

Climbers each receive safety briefing, instruction, and equipment fitting on the ground before ascending the rock. Once on the rock, climbers must ensure their own safety by keeping their equipment properly connected to the fixed-anchor systems at all times. Our Via Ferrata tethers allow for at least one connection at all times. Climbers are connected to steel cables while using the steel rungs and/or rock face to traverse, ascend, or descend the route.

Are reservations required for the Via Ferrata?

While reservations are not required for the Via Ferrata, they are highly recommended. The staff at NROCKS tries their very best to accommodate “walk ins”, but are sometimes unable to do so. Make a reservation today to guarantee a spot on one of our tours!

Do I need a guide?

Yes. All participants on the Via Ferrata are required to be guided by an NROCKS approved guide.

Who can do it?

Almost anyone! Via Ferrata climbers must be at least 13 years of age and must be in good physical condition with the ability to handle the physical challenges of climbing while maintaining tether connections, etc.

How high do we actually go?

All Via Ferrata climbers will experience heights of approximately 200 feet! The most adventurous climbers can take the extra challenge of completing the Head Wall, an additional 100 feet of vertical climbing.

How long does it take?

The average Via Ferrata trip times range from 3.5 hours to 5 hours, depending on the size and speed of the group.

How safe is the Via Ferrata?

While our safety record speaks for itself, the Via Ferrata is only as safe as the climbers on the route. If climbers follow the instructions of the guides and are attentive to their own responsibilities within the group, most risks can be effectively managed. That said, the Via Ferrata takes place in a wilderness setting which means there are elements of safety that are out of our control: wild animals, sudden changes in weather, or other acts of nature. We utilize the best equipment in the industry, hire well-qualified guides who then receive high-level training, and we regularly review our procedures to ensure that we are providing the safest experience possible.

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How should I dress, and what should I bring on the Via?

You should dress for movement and according to the weather. The temperature tends to be about 10°F cooler in the mountains, and may be even cooler due to wind. You may wear shorts if conditions allow. You should wear close-toed shoes that you can move easily in (hiking boots, running shoes, etc.). Please do not wear sandals of any kind or crocs. Some people like to wear gloves when climbing (fingerless are preferred). For colder weather, we suggest a jacket, a hat to wear under your helmet, and full-fingered gloves.

What should I bring

We suggest that you bring a small daypack with you on the Via Ferrata – everyone will need their hands free to climb. We recommend the following items:

  • Water (at least 2 quarts)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Personal medications (if they will be needed on the trip)
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Extra clothing (light rain jacket, sweatshirt, long sleeve t-shirt, etc.).
  • A snack or lunch to eat throughout the day.

Can I bring my own gear / Can I get a discount for bringing my own gear?

You can bring a GoPro or camera and we can provide a helmet with a GoPro mount on it. Unfortunately we cannot allow you to use your own helmet or harness. We appreciate and understand the desire and preference of using your own gear if you have it, but in order to comply with our insurance policy, we require everyone who comes to experience the Via Ferrata at NROCKS to use the gear that is supplied by staff.

Can I get off the Via once I’ve started the climb?

Yes. There are two escape points on the Via Ferrata, should you decide you don’t want to continue.

I’m scared of heights, should I climb the Via Ferrata?

If you have a general, healthy fear of heights you should be okay. If you are intensely scared of heights, this might not be the best activity for you.

“Real” climbers don’t climb the Via, do they?

Many experienced rock climbers have enjoyed climbing the Via Ferrata. It is a nice change of pace that gives climbers a chance to leave their rope and rack in the car and climb nonstop for a couple of hours without stopping to belay. It is also a great workout and a spectacular way for climbers to introduce non-climbing friends to the vertical world.

Policies & Specs

Climb Duration
3.5 – 5 hours depending on group size and ability.
Difficulty Level
It‘s difficult to compare the Via Ferrata experience to anything else. It can be very demanding or not so demanding depending on one’s level of fitness. It can also be emotionally taxing depending on one’s level of comfort with heights. It is not recommended for those who are trying to overcome an intense fear of heights.

Please take a minute to explore our photos to get a better idea of what the climb entails.

What to Wear
Dress in layers so you can make adjustments as you warm up and cool down. In general wear comfy, loose-fitting clothing that does not restrict your movement. Short shorts are not recommended and many climbers prefer to wear pants or capris to keep their knees covered.
Footwear
Sturdy athletic shoes or lightweight hiking shoes/boots. No sandals (including Chacos or Tevas), or FiveFingers shoes.
Bring with You
Waivers, small daypack, 2-quarts of water, trail snacks, sunscreen, camera/GoPro (optional, must be secured), rain gear (if necessary), fingerless bicycle style gloves (recommended).
Minimum Age
13. No exceptions.
Weight Requirement
You must weigh between 88 and 265 pounds
Group Size
Typical group size is between 1 and 14 climbers. If your group size is larger than 14, please call (877) 435-4842 to make a reservation
Late Policy
If you are late and miss the orientation, there will be no refunds or transfers, and we cannot guarantee availability of a later tour.

Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Price
$80 – $125.*
*The $80 Rate is only available from November 15th – March 15th.

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Full Moon Via Ferrata Climb

Must be 13 years of age or older and have prior experience on the Via Ferrata at NROCKS Outdoor Adventures

$150/person*

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*taxes not included in pricing. *Pricing subject to change without notice

Information Packet and Waivers

If filling out paperwork isn’t your idea of time well spent, download and complete a waiver today! Bring it to NROCKS with you so you can minimize your time checking in, and maximize your fun on an outdoor adventure!

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FAQs

How old do you have to be for via ferrata? ›

Via Ferrata climbers must be at least 13 years of age and must be in good physical condition with the ability to handle the physical challenges of climbing while maintaining tether connections, etc.

Where is Nelson Rocks? ›

Nelson Rocks is a large privately owned rock formation located in the North Fork Valley of Pendleton County, West Virginia, United States.

How high is Nelson Rocks WV? ›

You must be 13+ as well as in good physical condition to climb. The highest part of the climb will be about 300 feet up on the air if you choose to climb to the top of the head wall, but the main route is about 200 feet off the ground. The bridge is 150 feet off the ground.

How do I get to ferrata Telluride? ›

Telluride's Via Ferrata is located at the east end of the box canyon on the south-facing wall below Ajax Peak. To access it, drive up the Bridal Veil Falls Road or park at the bottom and walk up. There are two access points, lower and upper.

Are via ferratas hard? ›

It requires very little equipment and a good head for heights. Unlike climbing or bouldering problems, a via ferrata is a route marked out by metal rails and rungs embedded into the mountain. It's easy to follow and a great way to tackle otherwise impassable cliffs and ledges.

Do you need climbing shoes for via ferrata? ›

Plan to wear sturdy closed-toe and lace-up shoes, such as a hiking or approach shoe. Running shoes are acceptable, but be sure that the sole is fairly stiff with good tread so you are comfortable climbing on metal ladder rungs and scrambling on rocks.

How many pitches is Seneca Rocks? ›

The appeal of Seneca is that not only does it host amazing multi-pitch rock climbing but, it's the east coast's tallest 5th class summit. Routes range from 60 to 300 feet tall over 1-6 pitches. You can start climbing from Roy Gap road or hike up the "Stair Master" to the base of the South Peak to shorten the day.

How long is the via ferrata in West Virginia? ›

The Via Ferrata trail is 3.5 kilometers, 2.2 miles long loop trail. It runs near Circleville in West Virginia.

What is the highest point in West Virginia? ›

At 4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is West Virginia's highest peak.

Are there any gemstones found in West Virginia? ›

Quartz-family gemstones like jasper, opal, chert, and petrified wood are relatively common in West Virginia, as are quartz crystals. The quartz crystals range from perfectly clear rock crystal to dark gray smoky quartz. West Virginia is, of course, famous for its coal mines.

Why is West Virginia not called Kanawha? ›

Kanawha was originally proposed as the state's name.

The name honored a Native American tribe and a major state river of the same name. When the constitution for the proposed state was finalized in 1862, however, the name had changed to the more generic West Virginia.

What is the oldest rock formation in WV? ›

The oldest rocks exposed at the surface in the state are the very late Precambrian Catoctin Formation, a metamorphosed lava deposited 800 million years old, found in the eastern tip of the eastern panhandle near Haper's Ferry.

How difficult is via ferrata Telluride? ›

Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 11 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, rock climbing, and via ferrata, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The best times to visit this trail are May through October.

Can you do via ferrata alone? ›

Being alone on a via ferrata, similar to walking, does not dramatically increase your chance of being initially injured. This is unlike, for example, class 5 rock climbing where rope soloing is more dangerous than climbing in roped pairs due to the technical limitations of self belay.

Can you do via ferrata without a guide? ›

This activity, depending on your proficiency and whether you have your own equipment such as a Via Ferrata kit, harness and helmet, can be done without a guide, as many courses/routes are open to the public and don't need to be booked in advance.

What is the hardest route in climbing? ›

Currently, there is just one climbing route considered the hardest in the world. “Silence” is graded 9c or 5.15d – the highest grade in sports climbing. There was one other climb, “Bibliographie”, that was reported first as a 9c but downgraded by the others who repeated it.

Can you via ferrata in winter? ›

Try to climb a via ferrata in winter is undoubtedly a source of great satisfaction. This experience is definitely rewarding and will give way to prove the inherent emotions of winter, enjoying fantastic views.

How much does it cost to build a via ferrata? ›

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Via Ferratas are very expensive to build when compared to rock climbing routes. The Mt. Stelfox Via Ferrata cost $8000 to build, while the newer Mt. Ernest Ross Via Ferrata cost $15 000.

How safe is via ferrata? ›

Caution: Although a via ferrata set prevents a “complete fall," unlike in sport climbing falls are actually taboo, because a fall during a via ferrata can result in serious injuries! Overestimating your own ability can lead to dangerous situations on the via ferrata.

Why is it called via ferrata? ›

The term “via ferrata” is Italian for “iron way”. This makes a whole lot of sense when you start to understand what a via ferrata course is actually made of. A via ferrata is a route on a mountain face equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors.

How much does it cost to go to Seneca Rocks? ›

The Seneca Cavern Tour
Adult (13 and up)$15.00
White Star or Canaan Valley Group$13.00
Child$8.00
Add Gemstone Mining for $5.50 (first bag)
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Can I climb on Seneca Rocks? ›

Known for its excellent variety of multi-pitch trad climbs, technical terrain and alpine feel, Seneca Rocks in West Virginia is one of the best rock climbing spots on the East Coast. An accommodating location, it's got plenty of options for first-timers and seasoned climbers alike.

Why is it called Seneca Rocks? ›

The name comes from the Seneca Indians, who once used this vast wilderness for hunting, fishing, and trade routes. Today the Seneca Rocks area is part of the Monongahela National Forest.

Can kids do via ferrata? ›

Many parents think they can bring their children on via ferrata routes without any particular technical rope skills. However, when doing via ferrata with children, belaying with a rope is mandatory. Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself.

How many via ferratas are there? ›

With over 3,000 via ferratas globally, it is surprising that so many people have not even heard the term yet! For those that may not be familiar, via ferrata is Latin for “iron way”. The very first iron roads were built during World War I in the Dolomites, a mountain range in Italy.

Are there mountain lions in West Virginia? ›

Currently, three formerly occurring species of mammal no longer exist in West Virginia: the bison, mountain lion, and gray wolf. The last recorded bison in West Virginia was killed near Valley Head in Randolph County back in 1825.

What is the oldest town in West Virginia? ›

Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. The first settlement was recorded in 1730. Thomas Shepherd obtained a land grant in 1734 and was soon followed by other settlers. The town was originally named Mecklenburg in 1762, but then later changed to Shepherdstown in honor of its founder.

What is the life expectancy in West Virginia? ›

Here's How Life Expectancy in West Virginia Compares to the Nation
RankStateLife expectancy at birth (yrs.)
47Kentucky75.6
47Alabama75.6
49Mississippi74.9
50West Virginia74.8
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Are via ferratas safe? ›

The equipment is super safe. The main risks are rockfall (it is not rare than climbers above you moves some stones) and injuries resulting from a fall. If you fall, a ferrata can be very dangerous because you fall down to the next attachment of the cable.

Can you do via ferrata alone? ›

Being alone on a via ferrata, similar to walking, does not dramatically increase your chance of being initially injured. This is unlike, for example, class 5 rock climbing where rope soloing is more dangerous than climbing in roped pairs due to the technical limitations of self belay.

Can you do via ferrata without a guide? ›

This activity, depending on your proficiency and whether you have your own equipment such as a Via Ferrata kit, harness and helmet, can be done without a guide, as many courses/routes are open to the public and don't need to be booked in advance.

Is via ferrata a sport? ›

In Austria and Germany, via ferratas are known as Klettersteig. Via ferratas are a great way of exploring the mountains. This sport does not necessarily requires previous mountain experience, but you will need to have a good physical condition and no fear of heights.

Can you via ferrata in winter? ›

Try to climb a via ferrata in winter is undoubtedly a source of great satisfaction. This experience is definitely rewarding and will give way to prove the inherent emotions of winter, enjoying fantastic views.

How much does it cost to build a via ferrata? ›

Be a part of the next great adventure in the Rockies!

Via Ferratas are very expensive to build when compared to rock climbing routes. The Mt. Stelfox Via Ferrata cost $8000 to build, while the newer Mt. Ernest Ross Via Ferrata cost $15 000.

How many via ferratas are there? ›

With over 3,000 via ferratas globally, it is surprising that so many people have not even heard the term yet! For those that may not be familiar, via ferrata is Latin for “iron way”. The very first iron roads were built during World War I in the Dolomites, a mountain range in Italy.

Why is it called via ferrata? ›

The term “via ferrata” is Italian for “iron way”. This makes a whole lot of sense when you start to understand what a via ferrata course is actually made of. A via ferrata is a route on a mountain face equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors.

Can you do via ferrata in the rain? ›

They will climb the mountain whether there is snow, sun, wind, or rain.

How long does via ferrata take? ›

Via ferratas can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres (3,300 ft) or more of ascent) and taking eight or more hours to complete.

What does via ferrata mean in Italian? ›

Via ferrata means “iron way” in Italian, hence the metal cables, iron pins and foot holds. They are very popular in Europe and are common features across the mountains of Italy, France, Slovenia and Austria (where it's called klettersteig) – to name a few.

How many via Ferratas are there in Italy? ›

Italy. The home of the original via ferrata, there are over 600 different "iron paths" in the Dolomites alone. Some routes entail as little attitude gain as 150 metres while others mean scaling 1,200 metres skyward or more.

How do you climb via ferrata? ›

How do you climb a Via Ferrata? Once you put on your helmet, your harness, and attach your Y-configured rope and carabiners, you're ready to go! When beginning your climb, you will attach and lock both carabiners onto the wire cable of the via ferrata.

Is via ferrata alpinism? ›

The origins of the via ferrata (loosely translated to "Iron Path") date back to early 19th-century alpinism in, you guessed it, the Alps.

How many via Ferratas are in the UK? ›

The UK only has two Via Ferrata, one in Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District and the other in Kinlochleven, Scotland which is near Fort William. The Honister Slate Mine Xtreme takes you to 2,066 ft whilst Kinlochleven takes you to 197 ft.

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