Via Ferrata in Late October 2010

In October 2010 I visited Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites with the intention of doing some Via Ferrata. Things didn’t work out the way I expected but I had a great time.

Col Rosa

Col Rosa

Col Rosa

The first ferrata I wanted to attempt runs up the south ridge of Col Rosa. As can be seen in the photo, there was a bit of snow around.

Looking Down the Wire on Col Rosa

Looking Down the Wire on Col Rosa

The snow, that I was on my own and that I wasn’t used to the amount of exposure on the route meant that I made a retreat from not far above where the next photo was taken. The route moves across onto an arete which increased the exposure to more than I was comfortable with.

Looking Up the Wire on Col Rosa

Looking Up the Wire on Col Rosa

There were some awesome views of the North side of the Tofane Group from where I rested on decent.

Croda Del Valon Bianco

Croda Del Valon Bianco

Walk Up To Rifugio Pomedes

I was a bit shaken up after Col Rosa so the next day I decided just to walk. Because it was out of season there were not many buses running so I started out on foot from Cortina. This meant I has a long pull up though woodlands before I could get anywhere. I did get a nice view of the Pomagagnon ridge on the other side of the valley

Pomagagnon

Pomagagnon

I would not recommend the walk up to anyone. I got bored with going up hill though the wood pretty quickly. After that I was slogging up pistes - not the most fun in the world. However, from the top I had an amazing view of the Tofane Group

Tofane de Rozes and part of Tofane de Mezzo

Tofane de Rozes and part of Tofane de Mezzo

There were no other hikers out, but I did see a mountain goat.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

On the way back to town I saw the Cinque Torri and Averau on the other side of the valley

Cinque Torri

Cinque Torri

Via Ferrata Giovanni Barbara

I was very pleased when my girlfriend Bridget arrived in Cortina. For her first ferrata we chose Ferrata Giovanni Barbera in the Val de Fanes gorge.

Me and Bridget enjoying the sun near Ponte Outo

Me and Bridget enjoying the sun near Ponte Outo

The ferrata starts on wide ledges with drops down into the gorge below

Bridget kitted up and ready to go

Bridget kitted up and ready to go

The ledges are lead you to the edge of a waterfall and then behind it

Me behind the waterfall

Me behind the waterfall

Looking over the lower cascade

Looking over the lower cascade

Bridget behind the waterfall

Bridget behind the waterfall

The route then climbs a narrow gully before descending to the bottom of the gorge

Bridget peers into the gully

Bridget peers into the gully

Bridget descending the wire

Bridget descending the wire

From the bottom of the gorge we climbed out on the other side. There is an option to return to Ponte Outo using via ferrata Lucio Dalti, but we chose to walk out on the North side of the river.

Me pointing out the route from the other side of the gorge

Me pointing out the route from the other side of the gorge

Ferrata Strobel and Punta Fiames

Returning down Val de Fanes Bridget was quite taken with the look of Punta Fiames so the next day we went to take a look at it. For some reason I wasn’t feeling great that day which made me much more scared then I should have been as we progressed along the ledge leading to the wire. We turned back at the bottom of the wire because of this.

Bridget on the ledge leading to Ferrata Strobel with Fiames sports ground below

Bridget on the ledge leading to Ferrata Strobel with Fiames sports ground below

We decided to walk up to Lago Ghedina instead. After crossing the Boite in the bottom of the valley we climbed through an alpine meadow.

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