Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanks For Mentioning Us!

Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center was recently mentioned in a fellow blogger’s post. Read the post “Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down,” by “thoughtsappear” to learn about her experience climbing the Via Ferrata! We want to thank you, “thoughtsappear,” for coming to visit us despite the cold weather we experienced during your climb and we look forward to seeing you again in the warmer months!


Gatan’s Story 2

With the end of Daylight Saving Time, Gatan reflects on the end of the warm weather season and looks ahead to the wintery days at Nelson Rocks.

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, our season slowly winds down. This time a year is often bittersweet for us.  As we look back on the year and the work that was done we also look ahead to the next great adventure. Many of our fellow guides journey elsewhere for the winter season, and we thank them for all of their talents and dedicated work.

We say good-bye for now. We hug and thank one another for a wonderful past season. We depart and wish one another well and to have a safe journey, perhaps we’ll see each other again next year; perhaps not. Life’s adventure will take some to warmer climates on an endless summer in pursuit of rocks, others will find colder climates and embrace the deep powder snows, some will return to school and academia.  Wherever they go or whatever they do, we thank them.

Our guides are an amazing bunch, full of life and passion, always supporting and encouraging one another to continue on with their chosen dreams. The dreams always differ but the common thread is adventure and a remarkable ability to embrace life.

Our guides and fellow co-workers do for one another what they do for our guests. They support, encourage, keep safe, and congratulate one another on a job well done. Truly remarkable in many ways, it is always a pleasure to work with such an inspiring team.

We will keep everyone updated as to the whereabouts of one another via Facebook and our blog throughout the winter. Feel free to drop us a line or stop in. A small handful of us will stick out the winter here in the North Fork Valley and we will continue to offer Via Ferrata climbs and North Fork Valley Canopy tours, weather dependant of course. So, dress warm and come on out for a visit.

Thanks to everyone for a great season.


NROC – Via Ferrata Video

Check out this video, courtesy of Donna Snow, that shows some great footage of what it’s like to climb the Via Ferrata!


Margie’s Story

On Sunday, Oct. 9, my family and I ventured to NROC to enjoy the Via Ferrata. The trip began at 8 a.m. The start of the day was beautiful –a crisp fall morning, with mountains and trees poking through a fog that settled along the banks of the North Fork River. Soon the sun was breaking through the fog, illuminating that magical palate of vivid fall colors.

The climb was spectacular, challenging and rewarding. The intensity of focus that the climb demands, the varying terrain and the breathtaking scenery would make the trip one for the memory books. But meeting and hearing the story of a fellow Via climber was even more inspirational than the perfect weather and peak fall scenery.

The climber, an art teacher from the Winchester area, decided to climb the optional vertical headwall. Once she reached the top, she shared that she was climbing with a prosthetic leg. Turns out she had a bout with bone cancer at the age of 12, and surgeons removed part of her leg and replaced it with an internal prosthetic. A large scar running down her lower leg gave evidence of her cancer experience. But she also shared that she had also broken her neck (same vertebrae that left Christopher Reeves a quadriplegic) during a nasty car accident later in her young life. Suddenly the awe I felt as I scanned the incredible landscape that stretched before us as we sat atop that impressive rock fin paled in comparison to the awe I felt for this courageous young woman who, despite setbacks in her life, embraced adventure, physical challenges and the lure of the outdoors to tackle a trip that so many people simply could not or would not do. Like the Via Ferrata, she was truly inspiring.


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