WV “Via Ferrata” Rock Climbing

Circleville, WV
Via Ferrata Rock Climbing
7 Explorer Chicks
1/2 Day


Get ready to literally elevate your adventures “via ferrata” climbing at Nelson Rocks in West Virginia! You’ll experience a beginner friendly style of climbing with other adventurous women on this day trip mini adventure in Circleville, WV.

What the heck is Via Ferrata? It’s Italian for “iron road,” 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.🧗‍♀️

Gear and Safety Briefing

You’ll start your adventure gearing up and learning how to use the  two-carabiner lanyard. This system allows climbers to be clipped into the safety cable at all times. Climbers each receive a safety briefing, instruction, and equipment fitting on the ground before ascending the rock. Then it’s off for a short 20-minute hike to the base.

Via Ferrata and Suspension Bridge

Let the climbing begin! You’re on your way to conquer the one mile fixed-anchored route with the help of professional rock climbing guides. The higher you climb, the better the views! The double-finned Nelson Rocks provide a unique combination of physical challenge and overwhelming beauty! You’ll 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!

Head Wall Challenge

All WV Via Ferrata adventure climbers will experience heights of approximately 200 feet! The most adventurous climbers can take the extra challenge of completing the Head Wall, a whopping additional 100 feet of vertical climbing. 🤩

  • All equipment provided
    • Climbing harness
    • Helmets
      • there are helmets available with GoPro mounts
    • For insurance reasons, you are not able to use your own equipment
  • Instruction – No experience necessary!

*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: Approximate 4 hours depending on group dynamics
  • Check-in Time: 30 minutes prior
  • Estimated event duration: 4 to 4.5 hours
  • Women-Only, 21+
  • This is an Active event, please bring snacks accordingly to keep you fueled!
  • Restroom available at 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
  • Cabins
  • House Rental
Nearest Airport
  • 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.
  • Water (at least 2 quarts)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Camera/GoPro
  • This is an active event! Bring a snack or lunch to eat throughout the day to keep you fueled
  • 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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