About Tahoe Via Ferrata
Tahoe Via Ferrata – What is it?
A Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking and climbing experience. All clients will be guided by professionally trained mountain guides, and safely attached to the rock throughout the experience using permanent steel anchors and cables. Each participant will have a harness, helmet and safety lanyard provided by Alpenglow Expeditions.
First built over 100 years ago to facilitate foot travel through exposed mountainous terrain across the Alps in Europe, these adventure attractions are now popping up across the world. Fun for everyone ages 10 and up, this is a perfect adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous people alike. Experiencing a via ferrata is a perfect introduction to rock climbing without the pure vertical nature, technical skill and movement techniques required in traditional rock climbing. Via Ferrata brings hikers to exciting new places!
The Tahoe Via Ferrata will have two distinct routes located on Squaw Valley’s Tram Face. Routes will include features such as cable bridges, metal rungs to aid in climbing, and more traditional rock scrambling sections. Participants can choose between half-day and full-day adventures in a group or private setting.
About Alpenglow Expeditions
Alpenglow Expeditions owns and operates the Tahoe Via Ferrata. Alpenglow has its roots firmly planted in professional mountain guiding and creates expeditions both in Lake Tahoe and around the world. From the Himalaya to Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow leads expeditions across the mountain ranges of the globe in all disciplines including mountaineering, skiing, ski mountaineering, and rock climbing. With over 30 international expeditions per year and a full menu of ski and rock climbing courses in Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow Expedition’s core values are founded on providing a unique experience for each client who desires to explore mountains across the world. Explore our website or call 877-873-5376 for more information.
All of our international expeditions and climbs are led by AMGA and/or IFMGA certified guides. While this certification has long been essential for guides working in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand, Alpenglow is the first major guide service in the USA to require this certification from our lead guides. To earn AMGA certification in one or more disciplines, guides must spend years training and studying, after which they must pass a rigorous examination process. Guides that have passed exams in all three disciplines: rock, alpine, and ski mountaineering obtain the title of American Mountain Guide and IFMGA mountain guide. This achievement is the highest level of credential attainable by a mountain guide and takes many years of full-time guiding and climbing to attain. There are currently only approximately 115 IFMGA certified guides in the USA and they represent the pinnacle of American mountain guiding. We also have lead guides from Ecuador, and they too have passed rigorous exams to earn the title of IFMGA mountain guide. To learn more about the AMGA or IFMGA, click on their logos at the bottom of the page.