We set out to experience Telluride's via ferrata (iron way) called the Krogerata. The Krogerata is named after Chuck Kroger, the local legend who started its construction in 2006.
The Krogerata traverses a major wall called the Pipeline Wall up near Bridal Veil Falls. The Krogerata can be done from west to east or east to west. We chose to start from east to west because the Marshall Creek on the west side was sketchy looking to ford and we could drive to the east side's "trailhead"
Much of the first part from the east is easy but quite exposed trail walking on the ledge
After a few minutes we encountered the first cabled section. There were many very short cabled sections before things got really interesting
Passing a small waterfall and, shortly thereafter, another party that was in front of us
Route finding was very straight forward
Bridal Veil Falls and the road up to the falls can be seen in the background
After a great deal of cruising along the ledge we came to the "main event". Serious exposure and mandatory cable grabbing.
The metal ladder rungs in the wall were all we had to hold onto and stand on
The exposure was jaw dropping with hundreds of feet below us
Bill loving the exposure
Not a great shot but it somewhat shows the intense exposure
Later, another pretty exposed section required a foot traverse on a small ledge
That traverse led out to a fantastic point
And a tricky tree navigation maneuver. Allison and I squeezed between the rock and the tree while Bill went around. On the return, I went around. Much easier.
Allison stands on an exposed point with a great view of Telluride below
A short and steep section that overhung for the feet
Once we got near the west end, we turned back to reverse the entire Krogerata for twice as much fun
Bill cruises a ledge while Allison navigates the short, overhung section
The short foot traverse section
Hamming it up
Great views and nice hiking back towards the east end
Allison in a picturesque setting
There are a number of fun conglomerate sport routes below the via ferrata. Use caution.
A view of the ledge and via ferrata from a switchback above on the Bridal Veil Road. The Krogerata takes the obvious ledge system in the middle of the photo
In the afternoon we hiked up to Blue Lake. I leared a thing or two about equine liability along the way. Sean probably could have told me this, though
An old tree makes for a fine power line pole
We were dreaming of a nice route up that buttress
The hike took us up past Bridal Veil Falls. This is where the 2011 Hardrock run may go in a detour around newly-acquired private land up Bear Creek. Oscar's Pass is the snowy pass near the left edge of this photo
A small winch cabin near Blue Lake
Blue Lake, as it turns out, is pretty amazing
The lake was still a bit frozen but that added to the beautiful scene
On the return looking down at the lodge above Bridal Veil Falls
And now looking up at it. Very impressive