/ Via Ferrata route recomendations
From Arabba, Via Delle Trincee is a must. Different rock to most of the Dolomites, and some good tunnels to explore at the end.
Tridentina is good but you need an early start to avoid the queues. Excellent hut at the top.
Cicerone Guidebook vol 2. Is what you need
2nd that. And fun to try and climb it properly, not just hauling on the wire like everyone else. The views of Marmolada are stunning.
me and some lads spent two weeks there couple of years back.
definitely agree start early; otherwise you spend the entire day having to try and pass a lot of very fat and slow oldies! We used to make sure we were on the bottom of a route by about 6:30. That way we had the entire place to ourselves and meant could spend the afternoon after a long route sitting around the campsite with generously sized bottles of wine playing cards!
Punta Ana was our favourite by far. A very long day but brilliant climbing and some fantastic exposure.
Opposite the Via Delle Trincee at the left end of the Marmolada is the VF Punta Serauta. When I saw it 2 years ago the wires were very detached and the route was 'closed'. Looking at http://www.summitpost.org/punta-serauta-via-eterna-brigata-cadore/431870 it seems the wires have been largely renovated. Standing at the foot of the slab is an awesome experience as it soars away into space. I think it's a pretty serious route and probably wouldn't be crowded. I'd certainly love to do it.
Thanks for that, was wanting to do this one. The marmolada is a spectacular lump of rock.
Tridentina. Fabulous route, and take the alternative, slightly longer and less harshly steep walk out. We also did a newly put up route, not far from there, 30 min drive max, but cant remember the name. And another brilliant route that went along a ridge, through some tunnels and we could see all the battlements and historic relics.
Brought the whole 'adventure' into perspective.
^ what he said. VF Vallon (kind of above VF Piz Da Lech) may or may not be doeable - the lower part was in a state a few years ago. Look on the proper VF websites to find out the latest info.
Tchirspitze above Corvara is always a good intro. Only grade 2 but fun.
Bear in mind that even if you are an experienced climber then it still takes a bit of time to get used to the clipping process.
Tridentina is excellent, not much harder, but very popular.
If you are an experienced alpinists then the marmalade west face via Ferrata, followed by glacier descent is to be recommended.
The new one could be VF Col de Bos also known as VF Degli Alpini, or VF Sandro Pertini, or VF Sci Club 18. All of which I prefer to Tridentina, but maybe I caught it on a bad day.
The ridge and tunnels one is probably Trincee, one of my all time faves.
Tomaselli and Piazzetta are also favourites of mine. Harder than the others but lovely rock to climb as well as the views etc.
Also try this book which has the new VFs which haven't made it into Cicerone. It is in German but there is an English translation of the main description of each, and a lot of it is pictorial or numeric so you don't need to be good at German.
I'd go with Chris' advice and start on something like Cir Spitz (Piz de Cir). Is a good half day grade 2, with great scenery.
In terms of which ones to do they're all good! Via Ferrata Alleghesi on Civetta is my personal favourite (but be prepared for a long day).
Enjoy your trip!
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