Canyoneering + Via Ferrata = Magnificence
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Rappelling through waterfalls in the desert is not common. Access to remote canyons on private land is virtually unheard of. Via Ferrata? Well, there are only a handful in the United States and we are honored to give you access to one of them.
Literally translated, the Italian word ‘via’ means street; ‘ferrate’ (plural) means railway or railroad. In the US, we have come to know via ferrata as the Iron Path or Iron Way. Although originally used in Austria and Germany for mountain travel, they were initially built in Italy during World War I to aid the movement of Italian alpine soldiers and their equipment through the Dolomites.
Today, via ferrate represent a major attraction for climbers and hikers in Europe and around the world. There are only a handful in the US, scattered across the country, and we have designed and constructed one right here in our back-yard. But what exactly is a via ferrata? It is a mountain route equipped with fixed protection like metal runged ladders, cables and bridges, anchored right to the cliffs themselves. Unlike rock climbing, there is little technical skill needed to climb via ferrate. If you can climb a ladder, you can feel the thrill and magnificence of scaling our 455 foot tall cliff.
Zion Adventure Company offers you this rare experience unlike anything anyone else can offer. Each day, a limited number of guests will have access to Eye of the Needle, our privately-owned, rarely visited canyon. This intimate and awe-inspiring slot canyon descends 450’ over 1/6 of a mile, includes several down climbs, and 9 – 10 rappels along a 400 foot waterfall. At the bottom, it meets at the confluence of Oak Creek Canyon, just outside Zion National Park. After you’ve had your fill of exploration in the creek bed, you will don your specially designed via ferrata equipment and begin the meandering journey, up our 472 stapled via ferrata. Simply put...Wow.