You will be in direct sun for your entire tour, sunscreen is a must!
Reusable Water Bottle
Recommended: 1 Liter Wide Mouth Nalgene bottles.
Hiking Pants or Shorts
We recommend wearing something comfortable such as outdoor pants or shorts. Running shorts or leggings are also great options. Remember, you’ll be wearing a climbing harness the whole time, so medium or long-length shorts are typically more comfortable than short shorts.
Bring a small backpack with the same essentials that you would pack for a short hike. Remember a water bottle (reusable please!) and a couple of snacks. There are plenty of great vistas on the Tahoe Via that are perfect for a snack break! In the California sun, sunscreen are a must.
Recommended: Black Diamond Pursuit 30 Pack
Bring your favorite baseball hat for shelter from the sun.
Recommended: AEX Hat
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. We do not recommend skate shoes. If you don’t have the proper footwear or you want to try out a pair of our preferred via ferrata shoes, rent a pair of Black Diamond Mission LT 2.0’s for $10/day.
Recommended: Black Diamond Mission LT 2.0
Depending on the weather forecast, it is a good idea to bring a rain jacket on cloudy days.
What Are the Routes?
THE FLAMINGO BUTTRESS
All routes begin in the same place, with the Flamingo Buttress. This short section of the Tahoe Via Ferrata allows all climbers to quickly learn how to connect themselves to the rock and slide the carabiner along the metal cable using the Continuous Lifeline System. This starter section of climbing features a short cable bridge, as well as a near vertical section low to the ground so climbers can familiarize themselves with the system before going higher. The Flamingo Buttress ends when climbers move towards the start of The Loophole, Sundial Arete and the Skyline Traverse.