Jackson Hole and Arapahoe Basin now have Via Ferrata set up for "green season" fun.
I've had the Via Ferrata in WV on my bucket list for a while. Somehow always too busy in the summer. Need to plan ahead because it's popular and it's usually harder to find lodging at short notice.
I didn't think A Basin's is installed yet? ...
The whole point of VF is really that exposure (which is that airy feeling you get when you're up high or on a ridge or standing on a cable ladder in the middle of a mountain range lol) so even though a lot of them aren't technical and can be done by anyone, they can still be really scary to non-climbers even though they're pretty safe as long as you follow the protocol for moving while always being clipped in. Hardware doesn't really last forever, so I'd be really surprised if there is a lot of the original cables and stuff from WW2 still on the rock and being used, most have likely been upgraded and probably features added to make them more exciting and exposed.
Okay, I get it now. These are their own attraction these days rather than a functional past of a route. I was remembering from hiking in Italy where they were part of routes, and I made it a point to not take the hike/route that had these! I just looked at their history and many even predate World War II (not the actual hardware). People used them to get from place to place.
Where does this fit in with the whole controversy of adding hardware to rock faces? Or is the whole bolt/no bolt not a thing anymore?