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The Inside Scoop on Via Ferrata with Braden Mayfield

Photo: Philip Luedtke

Opening week of Via Ferrata was a total whirlwind and energy is running high at our home base in Squaw Valley. We had a big turnout of locals and visitors alike, with everyone from young kids to grandparents out scrambling on the rocks. We caught up with guide Braden Mayfield in between guiding sessions and asked him a couple of questions about his experience so far.

First off, can you give us a brief rundown of what a via ferrata is?  

A via ferrata is a mountain climbing route that has been modified with steel…

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How Via Ferrata came to Tahoe

A lifetime ago (or at least 12 years ago) I was spending my summers and winters guiding in the in the European Alps. The Alps provide unparalleled access to phenomenal climbing and skiing in high mountain terrain (rock, ice and snow). Clients hired me to guide them on the classics – Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Eiger and many other peaks that alpinists have tested themselves on for decades. Like the world’s greatest mountain ranges, bad weather is inevitable and, when the weather was bad, or we were tired from a big day in the mountains, we would invariably head…

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