Showing posts from October, 2011


Via Ferrata

This week we had a meeting and a campout.  The skill session was about climbing which was appropriate since we were doing via ferrata, a type of climbing, on the campout.  Via ferrata is climbing horizontally across a rock face with the help of rebar.  We went to Torrent Falls near Red River Gorge to climb and camped at a public campground nearby.  I t was a three hour drive to the campsite.  Torrent Falls has six sections that we could climb on.  Section 1 and 2 were easy, section 3 was intermediate, section 4 and 5 were advanced, and section 6 was expert or black diamond rated.  Most of the Scouts started on section 2 because it was supposed to be the easiest.  Almost everyone climbed in the morning then we drove back to the campsite and had lunch.
 After lunch you could either go on a 5 mile hike or climb some more.  Most of the new Scouts went on the hike because they needed it for a rank advancement requirement.  Two groups went climbing: one group was planning to do sections 1-3 …