By Jennifer McRae

TELLURIDE, Colo. (CBS4)– One person died after falling from Via Ferrata, a technical climb, in Telluride. The 53-year-old woman from Tucson, Arizona, fell on Thursday.

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The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said the woman fell about 200 feet after slipping. She was climbing with a friend.

Via Ferrata is a climbing route in which climbers attack themselves to steel cables secured to a mountainside.

According to, Telluride’s Via Ferrata is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a must-do for any adrenaline junkie or to-the-core adventure seeker stopping by. At its most intense, you’re suspended on a small iron foothold by a harness at 500 feet. The newly-legal climbing route is technical, breathtaking and exposed on the East end and South-facing wall of Telluride’s boxed canyon. If you do decide to partake in this incredible experience, please be safe! We highly recommend utilizing one of our guides to tackle the trip.

Jennifer McRae