Via Ferrate Guided Walk
The breathtaking pinnacles of the Dolomites are well known to climbers around the world. During WWI, the Dolomite mountain range was the scene of heavy fighting and became an almost continuous front throughout the war, from Cortina d'Ampezzo in the west to the Predil Pass in the east. Making full use of their elite Alpine mountain troops, the Italians had to fix iron ladders and wire cable to the rock to enable them to fight on the vertical walls. Today these Via Ferrate 'iron ways' have been turned into recreational climbs, allowing non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Daily climbs and walks are between 3 and 6 hours depending on the fitness of the group. Nights are spent in mountain hotels sampling the specialty foods of the region. Although no previous climbing experience is required, a high level of fitness and sense of adventure is essential.
|DAY 1||Arrive Niederdorf or Toblach in the Hochpuster Valley and meet guide|
|DAY 2||Ascend path on the Paternkofel, 2744m then descend through the old war-tunnels to the Three Pinnacle Hut (4-5hrs)|
|DAY 3||Ascend Sextner Rotwand (4-5hrs)|
|DAY 4||To Fondo Savio Hut along the Merlone climbing path (4-5hrs)|
|DAY 5||Along Marino Bianchi-path to the summit of Cima di Mezzo (3154m) (6hrs)|
|DAY 6||Traverse the Strobel climbing path on the Punta Fiammes above Cortina (6hrs)|
|DAY 7||Trip concludes|
The guides for Via Ferrate were outstanding and made the trip so enjoyable.
I would recommend bringing you own harness if you have one.
As I left mine at home which is super comfortable and the hire ones, although good were not that comfortable.
The local guide lent me his spare one which was fantastic and much appreciated.
I really felt like the Via Ferrate guides were committed to ensuring we enjoyed the trip.