Full Moon “Via Ferrata” Climb in WV
Note: You must have previous via ferrata climbing experience to join us on this adventure.
Experience a whole new style of climbing while under the glimmer of a full moon! 🌝 This evening excursion is second in a series of our Via Ferrata Rock Climbing Mini Adventure day trips.
Italian for “by way of iron,” the via ferrata is a permanently-installed system of steel rungs and cables. Initially designed and built to transport troops in Italy during WWI, via ferratas have now become a recreational activity for outdoor rock climbing enthusiasts.
Night Hike to Nelson Rocks
On your short, 20-minute hike to location, listen closely to all the nighttime sounds that surround you. Every croak of a frog and every serenade of a cricket is a little sign of encouragement for the exciting challenge that awaits. Get mentally prepared to conquer a mile of fixed-anchor, professionally-guided rock climbing. We will be climbing Nelson Rocks, a little-known yet awe-inspiring rock feature. Gain 1,085 feet in elevation, cross a suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long, and reach exposed heights of 280 feet! 🧗♀️
Rock Climbing Gear and Safety Briefing
Gear up, and be taught how to use the 2 carabiner lanyard which allows climbers to be clipped into the safety cable at all times. Climbers receive a safety briefing, instruction, and equipment fitting on the ground before ascending the rock.
Via Ferrata Under the Full Moon
Off you go! The higher you climb, the better the views! The double-fin rocks provide a unique combination of physical challenge and overwhelming beauty!
All via ferrata climbers will experience heights of approximately 200 feet! The most adventurous climbers can take the extra challenge of completing the Head Wall, an additional 100 feet of vertical climbing. 🤩
No experience? No worries! Come out and join us on the other via ferrata adventures! Before you know it, you’ll be ready to elevate your experience and scale that rock wall under the glisten of the full moon!
- Guidance of 2 highly skilled Guides.
- All equipment is provided.
- Experience elevation gains of 1085 feet!
- Conquer the Suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long!
- Reach exposed heights of 280 feet.
- Exclusive Explorer Chick, small group, women-only tour. Embark on your adventure with an encouraging and supportive group of Bold women!
- All equipment provided.
- Climbing harness.
- there are helmets available with GoPro mounts.
- For insurance reasons, you are not able to use your own equipment.
- Instruction from professional Guides.
*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, additional alcoholic beverages, or costs for additional activities.
*Packages do not include Tips for your Guides. For optional activities 10-20%. We strongly encourage you to recognize your Guides personally for their hard work and keeping you safe.
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.
- Duration: 3.5-5 hours depending on the group dynamics.
- Check-in Time: 30 minutes prior to start time.
- Women-Only, 21+.
- Restroom available at the Welcome Center.
- Your Order Confirmation will include a link to the Explorer Chick Smart Waiver. Please take a minute to sign online.
- You have 2 Waivers to sign with NRocks. To save time on arrival, please print and sign and bring with you.
Weather Cancellation Protocols
- If you do not hear anything from us about the weather, plan on the event is a GO! Delayed starts might take place if necessary. If canceled, a rescheduled date will be offered. If the offered date will not work, a full refund will be issued.
Local Lodging is available on site
- Guest Rooms
- Tent Sites
- House Rental
- Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO)
141 Nelson Gap Road
Circleville WV 26804
- Bring a small daypack with you on the Via Ferrata – everyone will need their hands free to climb.
- Bring a headlamp.
- Water (at least 2 quarts).
- Camera/GoPro (optional).
- This is an active event! Bring snacks to eat throughout the event to keep you fueled and ready for Adventure!
- Dress in layers so you can make adjustments as you warm up and cool down.
- Do not wear shorts
- Sturdy athletic shoes or lightweight hiking shoes/boots
- No sandals (including Chacos or Tevas), or FiveFingers shoes
- Fingerless bicycle-style gloves (recommended)
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