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New Life List: Climb a Via Ferrata

Get a taste of the vertical alpine world--no experience required.
life_list-patit-via-445.jpgTouch the sky on Europe's Via Ferratas. (Patitucci Photo)

RESOURCES Getting there
Fly to Milan or Munich and take a bus, taxi, or rental car to Lago di Braies. Guideboooks Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites, Volume 2, by Graham Fletcher and John Smith ($17; and Dolomites Trekking, by Henry Stedman ($23; Guide Want a guide? You can hire one in most local towns. Or book Distant Journeys (, based in Maine, which specializes in Alta Via 1 trips. Contact Reserve refugios at

Waterfall Canyon Climbing Park, Ogden, UT Spiderman up 350-foot routes abutting a gushing cascade. (801) 550-1761

Nelson Rocks Preserve, Seneca Rocks, WV The half-mile route on airy quartzite includes a 200-foot-long, 150-foot-high swinging bridge. (304) 567-3169;

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