Your knuckles are white. There’s 300 feet of air between the your toes and the valley floor, and nothing for your hands and feet but a series of metal rungs drilled into the cliff face. You have every reason to be scared – but you’re safe.
You’re on Telluride’s Via Ferrata – a series of ladders, ledges, and cables that tours the cliffs above the mountain town for more than a mile. The route is as wide as ten feet in places, but much of it is on narrow ledges or iron “ladders.”