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New Route on the Tahoe Via Ferrata

The new route on the Tahoe Via Ferrata is here and we let YOU name it!

The Tahoe Via Ferrata season is just around the corner, so the Alpenglow Expeditions team decided to bring our climbers an epic, new way to climb the Tahoe Via. The new route, the Loophole, is the best way to get the most amount of climbing in, with the least amount of hiking! The Loophole route on the Tahoe Via Ferrata is the perfect adventure for the whole family (yes, that means you too, Grandma and Grandpa!). We understand that families may not always have four hours to adventure in Lake Tahoe, or maybe not everyone in the family is fit enough to climb for four hours, but have no fear, that’s why the new route is here. The Tahoe Via now offers a two and a half hour session, allowing families and friends to have fun, top out at a beautiful overlook, then have the rest of the day to relax.

Where does the new route take you?

Taking about an hour and a half to climb, the route ascends a learning section, dubbed the Binky Buttress, before traversing along a trail towards Tram Face. After climbing up to the Ski Tree atop Sylvester’s Slot, the route heads out to The Olympic Valley Overlook, before traversing a ledge back towards the direction we started. Climbers then descend with the assistance of ladder rungs, before returning to the start of the climb via The Great Escape. In all, the whole experience takes roughly two and a half hours from when you’re gearing up in our office in The Village at Squaw Valley to when you’re back at your car and on your way. With a feeling of adventure and sense of exploration at your sails, you’ll definitely take time afterwards to scroll through some beautiful photos and  tell friends about your epic adventure.



Naming Contest

Not only did Alpenglow Expeditions want to offer a new adventure in Lake Tahoe to our clients, we wanted their help naming the route too! Last weekend, the @tahoevia and @alpenglowexpeditions Instagram pages ran a contest seeing what names were most popular amongst our followers. The contest started with five names: “Olympic Valley Overlook”, “Tahoe Traverse” “Sylvester’s Circuit”, “Look Out Pinnacle”, and “Bristlecone Byway”. The contest took an unexpected turn when one of our followers commented “The Loophole” and everyone loved it. We also had to disqualify “Bristlecone Byway” since the tree at the top of the route is actually a juniper, NOT a bristlecone. Oops! A day later the named were updated: “Olympic Valley Overlook”, “Tahoe Traverse” “Sylvester’s Circuit”, and “The Loophole”.

After counting the votes, “The Loophole” won! “Olympic Valley Overlook” is now the name of the top of the route as well (since it came in close at second place.)  We really appreciate everyone’s participation in the contest and can’t wait for the Tahoe Via season to begin. If you’ve climbed the Via before, this is an awesome new addition that makes the Tahoe Via Ferrata one of the must do activities in Lake Tahoe!



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For more information about Via Ferrata at Squaw Valley or Rock Climbing at Donner Summit, or any of our other international expeditions, check out our website. For any questions call our office at 877-873-5376 or send us an email We hope to climb with you soon!