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Alberta's 'Iron' Mountain Trail Is A Surreal Adventure In The Sky

Climb ladders, stairs, ropes to the top.

If you're feeling extra adventurous and aching to get out this summer, this Banff mountain is the place to be. Banff's via ferrata is open again this summer, and it's totally wild with gorgeous views. Your Instagram will be thanking you for this amazing day trip.

Located on Mount Norquay in Banff, this climb comes with stunning views and unforgettable experiences.

With four different trails of varying difficulties and lengths, the via ferrata, Italian for "iron path," is good for people of all levels of climbing experience.

All paths are "assisted climbing," meaning you're hooked into the mountain's safe, steel cable going up the entire way through your harness.

The paths also come with an experienced guide to get you to the top safe and sound.

But just because you're safe doesn't mean the climb isn't completely exhilarating. You'll get to clamber up ladders, tread on tall suspension bridges, and go for a hike that you'll be sure to remember for years.

The "Explorer" route is their shortest climb, and the round-trip takes about two hours. It peaks at 2,235 metres above sea level.

But if you're looking for the full experience, try going for the "Summiteer," the longest and tallest of all their climbs.

From five to six hours round trip, this hike takes you on a nerve-wracking three-wire suspension bridge above a steep drop.

Once you reach the top, you'll be treated to a delicious, fully-included lunch at the summit.

Don't worry if you're a suspension bridge fan, because all four routes give you a go on different bridges that sway through the sky.

And, no matter which path you take, you'll be greeted by stunning panoramic views of Banff that only birds and explorers can see.

In case you need any more excuse to go explore the great outdoors this summer, this wild mountain adventure is waiting to be conquered.

Banff's Via Ferrata

Price: $175 to $365

Address: Mt. Norquay, Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: Scratch that itch to explore with this wild, stomach-dropping mountain adventure.

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