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The Ascent aka "Via Ferrata"

Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Way,” and the phrase refers to a protected climbing route through steep mountains.

Polar Caves’ Via Ferrata is a guided experience that challenges visitors to navigate a 172-foot long iron way, and then rappel back down to base camp.

Unique to Rumney’s rock climbing scene, Polar Caves’ Ascent aka "Via Ferrata" is one of the few local Via Ferratas and the only one that comes with guided instruction. It’s an ideal adventure for visitors looking for more of a challenge, and larger-than-life views.

The cost is $25 and that includes all climbing gear, instruction, and one challenging adventure! Appropriate for kids ages 12 and older, as well as adults. This cost is in addition to admission.

PC Explorer fact: Via Ferrata means “Iron Way.” These iron ways made reaching alpine summits possible in the 19th century – that’s the 1800's kids! – by making the climbing route safer for alpinists to navigate. Metal stemples, or iron bars hammered into the rock to make steps, help climbers find their footing, while chains or ropes strung along the path provided grips to improve balance. These iron ways helped climbers summit peaks in the Italian and Austrian Alps – no small feat for the time.

Think you have what it takes to conquer Polar Cave's – The Ascent? Do you dare to walk our Iron Way across the sky?