Thrill-seekers, Utah is calling – because it’s now home to a ‘sky ladder’ that hangs 400ft (122m) above the ground.
Called the Cave Peak Stairway, it has 120 steps and measures 200ft (61m) in length. That’s enough, it’s claimed, to make it the longest walkway of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere.
The stairway has been installed by luxury resort Amangiri and is accessed from its existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail.
The Cave Peak Stairway hangs 400ft (122m) above the ground amid breathtaking Utah scenery
The stairway has been installed by luxury resort Amangiri and is accessed from its existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail
Amangiri said in a statement: ‘Guests will now be invited to take to the stairs after completing the Via Ferrata and will be rewarded with an incredible panorama from the top.
‘With an unmatched vertical route of ascent, a spectacular position, and a summit visible from the resort, the Cave Peak Via Ferrata – now with the addition of the stairway – is destined to be an iconic and exhilarating adventure.
‘The installation marks a continuation of Aman’s mission to provide transformative experiences, exclusive to its guests.’
Engineered by Adventure Partners Attractions, LLC – a firm responsible for installing Via Ferrata routes and installations ‘for many of North America’s leading recreational destinations’ – the building process required a helicopter to deliver components to the challenging site, with ‘highly-advanced technical rigging systems’ used to provide access and to install anchors.
Amangiri offers several Via Ferrata climbs. These are routes negotiated with the help of fixed ladders and rungs
On the relaxation front, Amangiri offers 34 ‘spacious suites’ and ‘elegant’ dining areas and lounges built around a central swimming pool
Amangiri occupies a 600-acre plot of land at Canyon Point and claims ‘sweeping views over stratified rock and towering mesas towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’.
The resort added: ‘The incredible installation joins an extensive selection of activities on offer at Amangiri, with the resort’s exclusive acreage providing the base for carefully curated Aman experiences, including several additional Via Ferratas led by expert guides.
‘Invented centuries ago in the Italian Alps, a Via Ferrata (“iron road”) is a series of cables and ladder rungs, fixed to the rock face to enable the ascent of steep mountain routes. For guests of varying experience, the routes surrounding the resort each provide a unique adventure.
Amangiri occupies a 600-acre plot of land at Canyon Point and claims ‘sweeping views over stratified rock and towering mesas towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’
‘The Canyon Crossing Via Ferrata has been designed to challenge and inspire the whole family and is a fun way to introduce children to the skills needed for travel in mixed terrain on the Colorado Plateau.
‘Children aged six and older will learn the basic technique required for a full-scale Via Ferrata as well as rope climbing. The site also includes a replica dinosaur dig, created using castings from real fossils, that references the paleontology site at nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
‘Additional routes include the Hoodoo Via Ferrata, which includes a narrow suspension bridge spanning a deep gorge; the Vertigo route, sure to challenge even the most experienced Via Ferrata enthusiasts; and the Red Line Ridge route, which rises to the summit of Stud Horse Mesa, offering an intense climb.’
On the relaxation front, Amangiri offers 34 ‘spacious suites’ and ‘elegant’ dining areas and lounges built around a central swimming pool.
For more information on Amangiri visit aman.com/resorts/Amangiri. Other luxurious desert resorts are available.