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"But I just want to do the Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata?"

Posted by Jane Carswell on Thu, May 12, 2011

Via Ferrate Adventures with CMHAsk the reservations team at CMH Summer Adventures and they likely cannot count the number of times they hear from guests "I have heard such amazing things about the Bobbie Burns Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata, I really want to try it!"

In response, we are offering two dates throughout the season to allow you focus on just that.  For those guests that have previously heli-hiked with us or those that just can't make it for the full three days of a Short Escape, we are offering a 2 night trip that will allow guests to enjoy a half day of heli-hiking and a full day on the Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata route.

So, what's all the hype? 

Via Ferrata, or 'iron roads' have become the hottest thing since sliced bread for anyone looking for a amazing adventure vacation.  Simply put, it makes ordinary people into mountaineers, allowing you to attain great heights and exhillaration in a relatively safe environment. You can find them scattered throughout the US and Canada, as well as Europe.  The Mt. Nimbus route constructed at the Bobbie Burns a few years ago is the most extensive route in North America.

How does it work?

CMH's professional mountain guides walk you through a thorough safety briefing ensuring that everyone is comfortable with the way the system works.  Each guest is given two lines attached to a harness around the waist and legs.  Sturdy caribiners are the link between your lines and the steel cable that is permanently fixed into the rock.  You then climb up re-bar steps drilled deep into the rock face and, maintaining an attachment to the steel cable for the duration of the route, simply meander their way up steep (ok, near-vertical) rock faces and across suspension bridges.  On the Mt. Nimbus route there is some down-climbing involved as well as a thrilling rappel 60 metres down to terra firma before a nice hike through the valley back to where our helicopter picks you up for the flight back to the lodge for a celebratory beer on the glorious deck. This video gives a great overview of a day on the route.

Other Adventure Options at CMH

One and a half days not enough for you?  Don't fret.  There's also a four day and three day High Flying Adventure option for you that may also include the Bobbie Burns Adventure Trail with its seven ziplines across the Vowell River or the high ropes course the guides constructed in the forest behind the lodge. 

Looking for something more challenging?  Full on mountaineering for beginner or experienced climbers is also an option for you.

At CMH Summer Adventures, we offer the most comprehensive mountain adventure vacation imaginable.  You tell us what you're after - meandering through meadows, trekking along 20 km ridgelines, exploring glaciers with crampons, ziplines, via ferrates, painting workshops... you name it. 

Bottom Line: However you want to experience the mountains, our mountain guides can make it happen.  Call us at 1.800.661.0252 and start planning your Summer Adventure!

Photo: Guests making their way along the Mt Nimbus Via Ferrata by Bruce Howatt.

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