TELLURIDE – Saturday night rockfall off Ajax Mountain has reportedly caused substantial damage to Telluride’s Via Ferrata climbing route, according to the Telluride Mountain Club, and anyone planning to climb the section should use caution until repairs are made.
According to TMC, damage on the route warrants caution, but safe travel on the affected portion of the route is reasonable. Rockfall into the gully just west of the Hanging Forest has damaged a cable, bolt and possibly a rung, in addition to causing substantial terrain movement of large rocks and trees. Those familiar with the area may notice large loose sections of natural terrain are either gone or dramatically altered.
Although few bolts on the route were impacted by falling rocks, none are noticeably loose. Where the cable is damaged, climbers should clip into the rungs instead.
After passing the cable, where a tree was taken out, the trail is a bit rough; TMC members have placed about 30 ft of climbing rope there, and a warning sign.
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