Spend two and a half hours climbing the lower half of Squaw Valley’s iconic Tram Face!
What is it? Owned and operated by Alpenglow Expeditions, the “Tahoe Via Ferrata” is a fixed climbing route on the Tram Face in Squaw Valley, CA. Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking and climbing experience. Using permanent steel anchors and cables, participants are safely attached to the rock throughout the duration of the experience. Professional guides lead participants on the routes. Each participant will have a harness, helmet, gloves, and safety lanyard provided by Alpenglow Expeditions. Participants are secured to the rock by the specialized equipment they will wear, which attaches directly to the steel cable.
Your adventure will entail climbing the following route:
Approach to Binky Buttress
After meeting your guide and getting outfitted for your adventure at the Alpenglow Expeditions office in The Village at Squaw Valley, guests will climb inside a 4WD truck, we call it “The Beast,” for a quick ride up the mountain to the base of the routes. This ride passes through the heart of the ski area, boasting fantastic views of the valley, forests, cliffs, and creeks. After about ten minutes, it will be time to start climbing. A quick walk takes you to the start of the Tahoe Via Ferrata. This introductory route is called the Binky Buttress, where clients get their first taste of what via ferrata is all about. To aid adventurers up this section (and others above), we’ve installed steel rungs at key locations. Once atop this first section, a beautiful traversing trail leads across granite ledges to the start of the main routes.
The Skyline Traverse to Great Escape
The Skyline Traverse ventures up and leftwards, towards a series of slabs and ledges. After navigating the lower slabs, guests will encounter a narrow “chimney”, where you must work your way up using your hands and feet in opposing directions, allowing you to elevate your body. Once through the chimney section, the route traverses towards the west and clients will head towards The Great Escape. The Great Escape travels down a steep slab, navigating back down to the top of The Binky Buttress where the group will descend back to The Beast via an approach trail. Once you’ve completed your descent, you will hop back in the truck for a quick ride back to the village.