Alpine Jewel Via Ferrata in Estes Park, Colorado

Join us June 24-25 as we climb the awe-inspiring Alpine Jewel Via Ferrata to raise money for First Descents!

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Alpine Jewel Via Ferrata benefiting First Descents

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Dates: June 24-26 Entry Fee: $375 (travel not included). Fundraising Minimum: $750 per person

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Keep Climbing Foundation

EIN: 86-1945024

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On June 24-26, 2022, we’ll embark on one of the most electrifying climbs in the United States – Alpine Jewel's Via Ferrata in Estes Park, Colorado!

While suspended on the side of a mountain, we’ll make our way to the summit, one iron-bar step at a time. Our team of expert Alpine Jewel guides, First Descent Alumni, filmmakers, and climbers will complete this awe-inspiring journey together to raise money and awareness for First Descents. Footage from the climb will be used to create a short documentary focused on telling the stories of cancer survivors who found healing through First Descents.

Our Inspiration

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First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

100% of donations will support First Descents!


Event Details

Dates: June 24-26

Location: KMAC at 170 Elm Road Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Difficulty: Beginner to Expert options.

  • Cloud Ladder Route:
    • Skill Level: Black to Double Black Diamond
    • Intermediate to Most Extreme | 4-5 Hour Tour | 650 ft. Elevation Gain | Fully-Guided
  • Peregrine Ridge Route:
    • Skill Level: Blue
    • Beginner to Intermediate | 2-3 Hour Tour | 400 ft. Elevation Gain | Fully-Guided

Entry Fee: $375 (travel not included). 13 spots available - click the "donate & tickets" button to register. Ages 13+

Fundraising Goal: $750 per person

Registration Deadline: May 23, 2022

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • 6/24 (Day 1): Arrive at KMAC campsite at 4pm to set up camp before dinner & orientation
  • 6/25 (Day 2): Climb starts at 8am and will go until midafternoon. Groups can try the other course in the afternoon, enjoy top rope climbing, or relax and visit.  6pm dinner catered from Smokin Dave’s BBQ. 
  • 6/26 (Day 3): Tear down camp and depart by 10am.

What's Included?

  • Private Guide (AMGA Certified) on Alpine Jewel's Cloud Ladder Via Ferrata.
  • Equipment: Harness, Helmet, Via Ferrata Lanyards, Gloves
  • Keep Climbing Foundation event t-shirt
  • Meals
  • Tent, upon request.
  • Primitive campsite (restroom, water, and power available)
  • Unforgettable views and unlimited selfies

What's NOT Included?

  • Camping gear. Rentals upon request.
  • Shuttles from Airport. Address will be provided upon registration. 
  • Travel to Estes Park, CO
  • Shower facilities (campsite is primitive)
  • Snacks, trail food, and water while climbing on 6/25. Please come prepared. 


Join us or donate today!

1. Click the "Register or Donate" button to purchase your entry ticket.

2. Click the "Start Fundraising" button to create your personal fundraising URL to share with family and friends.



Gear List

June in the Estes Park area can be very pleasant with temperatures in the 70’s. However participants should be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions: Warm, cold, wind, and snow.

Day pack
Shorts and/or long comfortable loose-fitting pants
Hiking shoes or tennis shoes
Fleece and/or puffy jacket
Rain and/or wind shell
Wool of fleece hat
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Water bottle
Sleeping bag and foam pad
Personal toiletries
Headlamp or flashlight (optional)
Personal climbing harness, helmet, and rock shoes (these items will be inspected by Alpine Jewel staff for suitability) (optional)
camera (optional)

What is Via Ferrata?

The Via Ferrata is a unique experience that falls somewhere between scrambling and technical rock climbing, something like a ropes course up a cliff. While it is physically demanding, the system of cables and ladders allow even non-experienced climbers to ascend and scale rock walls. All you need is to have good fitness and at least a passing ability to deal with heights.

Learn more by going to theAlpineJewel.com

Cloud Ladder Route:Skill Level: Black to Double Black DiamondIntermediate to Most Extreme | 4-5 Hour Tour | 650 ft. Elevation Gain | Fully-Guided Peregrine Ridge Route:Skill Level: BlueBeginner to Intermediate | 2-3 Hour Tour | 400 ft. Elevation Gain | Fully-Guided


Is it Safe?

Climbing on a Via Ferrata has inherent risks that are different from normal day to day living. Our guides work to minimize these risks through guide training and proper equipment management. That said, if Via Ferrata participants are attentive and focus on their respective responsibilities within the group, the risks involved are very low.

Learn more about via ferrata here: Via Ferrata 101


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Not ready to climb? Please donate to support our cause!

Keep Climbing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that organizes mountain climbing fundraisers in order to raise money and awareness for children’s and Veterans’ causes. KeepClimbingFoundation.org


Thank you to our sponsors & partners!


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Keep Climbing Foundation

A 501(c)(3) organization

EIN 86-1945024