One waterfall climb rules them all “The American Way Magazine”

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Posted on: December 2017
Written by: The American Way Magazine

You won’t need the help of Galdalf to reach to the top of Twin Falls outside of New Zealand’s aptly named Mount Aspiring National Park. Thrill-seeking visitors can now clip in and climb up (and up and up) Wildwire Wanaka’s recently completed Lord of the Rungs experience. At 1,476 feet (450 meters), it’s the world’s highest waterfall climbing route via ferrata (“iron road” in Italian). Wildwire’s system allows climbers to attach to a secure steel cable and safely clamber up iron rungs anchored in the stone. “You can get the same buzz as climbing a big rock face,” says Wildwire co-founder Mark Morrison. Morrison says zigzagging up the giant waterfall adds a splash of excitement. “You get that crashing waterway below you and around you the whole time,” he says. If you need a rest, there are plateaus where climbers can unclip for a catered picnic lunch or a quick dip in a hidden pool. It’s a hero’s journey for regular folks. “Certainly, when you’re climbing up this waterfall you might feel a litt le like Frodo,” jokes Morrison. However, he notes, “Furry feet might make it tricky.”

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