THE VIA FERRATA’S RAPID ASCENSION

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Plans are already in the works to build a second climbing route this spring. Operators will first enact changes based on lessons learned last year— and address conflict-of-interest concerns raised by a local guide service

  • From top, Ouray County residents Kristin Arnold, Katie Beringer and Mark luppenlatz climb the Ouray Via Ferrata last year. The attraction drew more than 10,000 users in the first year of operation, leading organizers to plan for an expansion this year. Photo courtesy Clifford Utech
    From top, Ouray County residents Kristin Arnold, Katie Beringer and Mark luppenlatz climb the Ouray Via Ferrata last year. The attraction drew more than 10,000 users in the first year of operation, leading organizers to plan for an expansion this year. Photo courtesy Clifford Utech
When a line began to form on summer weekends as the day’s first light peeked over the top of the Amphitheater and spilled into the Uncompahgre Gorge — that’s when the operators of the Ouray Via Ferrata knew. They knew the nearly mile-long climbing route was poised to become the newest jewel in Ouray’s outdoor recreation crown. Knew the people waiting to venture out onto the 35-foot single-cable…

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