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Feb 3, 2011 – Squamish Via Ferrata Fuels Online Brou-ha-ha

Some members of the Squamish climbing community are at odds over what to do with the via ferrata to the South Summit of The Chief.

Some members of the Squamish climbing community are at odds over what to do with the via ferrata to the South Summit of The Chief. The via ferrata was installed a few years ago and has become popular with climbers and hikers in the area. Some climbers however, now believe that via ferrata should be removed as it was may have been built with substandard materials.

This has led to an animated discussion on squamishclimbing.com as the proponents and opponents of the via ferrata argue their positions. Fans feel that the via ferrata adds a viable access route to the summit and point out that BC Parks tacitly accepted its presence when it added signage indicating it  was climbing terrain and that users should take appropriate precautions. Opponents are voicing concerns over the long-term safety of the structure and suggest it was poorly installed and should either be removed or updated. Others feel it is not consistent with local traditions.

More details here.