Via Delle Trincee/La Mesola*** VF5B
[Monte Padon rising above Lago Fedaia, home of Via Ferrata delle Trincee, 2 kb]500m.

Rockfax Description
An interesting via ferrata which is predominantly a linear traverse (albeit with a good amount of ascent to start) as opposed to the usual up and down. The conglomerate rock also provides a welcome change to the more usual dolomite. Add in some First World War tunnels, a cannon and a rustic rifugio at the end and you have a very different and pleasant day! The via ferrata develops in three distinct sections and can be cut short if required. The Padon ridge on which it is situated does keep the snow until late in the season, and parties should prepare accordingly. It is worth checking the current condition with the Guides Office if you are planning on making an ascent early in the season.
The initial section of wire provides the crux on the route; after that the difficulties ease, although there is a considerable amount of down-climbing. The views over the Fedaia Pass, Lago di Fedaia and the Marmolada (3343m) are superb.
Note - If you're planning on doing the entire route a headtorch is required for the tunnels at the end.
Approach - There are three possible starts to this route. Two are located on the Pordoi Pass which is easily accessible from Corvara, Canazei or any of the towns located near to the Sella group. The third gains the Padon ridge from the Fedaia Pass which can be approached from either Malga Ciapela or Canazei.
Starting from Arabba.
This is the usual, shortest and recommended approach via the Arabba Portavescovo cable car, which takes you to Rifugio Luigi Gorza. The cable car runs from early July to early September but it is always worth checking with the local tourist information offices to check because opening dates/times vary from season to season. Beware: like virtually everything in Italy, the cable car closes at lunchtime. It is worth getting a return ticket as you can do a circuit and then get the cable car back down.
If the cable car isn't running, it is possible to walk up from Arabba on path 698. However it is better to drive to the top of the Pordoi Pass and walk in from there (see below).
Starting from the top of the Pordoi Pass. This is a scenically beautiful but long approach (allow two and a half hours) contouring in from the top of the pass. There isn't much height gain to be had but the approach is long. Park in the large car park at the top of the pass opposite the Sass Pordoi cable car. Follow path 601 along the Padon Ridge following signs for the 'Viel del Pan' until you reach Rifugio Luigi Gorza and the top of the Arabba cable car described above.
Starting from Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada. Park at the northwest end of the Lago di Fedaia reservoir near the dam wall. Follow path 698 steeply uphill to Rifugio Luigi Gorza which you reach in just under an hour.
From Rifugio Luigi Gorza head east, following the path that contours under the ridge until the via ferrata is signed off left. Follow the path uphill, zig-zagging through boulders to the start of the route.
VF - The initial section of wire is quite steep but thereafter things get easier. Continue following the wire, crossing a photogenic bridge with spectacular views back down to Arabba. The wire then begins to drop back down to a large open col. This is the end of the first section and escape is possible here (simply follow the path leading underneath the ridge back to the start of the route).
To continue, follow the well-marked path up towards some old First World War ruins. The wire traverses past these on a series of ledges and goes round the back of the ridge where some exposed down-climbing is to be found. This brings you to the end of the second section of wire with a well-trodden path traversing a steep grassy slope. Again it is possible to escape here following the path that leads under the south side of the ridge back to the cable car. Many parties choose to go back here as this is the end of the climbing difficulties, however it is worth continuing if you have the time as the next section takes you through an interesting set of First World War tunnels that are well worth a look - a head torch is essential for this section.
Follow the path leading across the grassy slope heading towards the next obvious section of ridge curving around to the left. Shortly after you pick up the wire again as it traverses along the south side on the continuing ridge. Continue following it past a bricked-up tunnel until the path takes you over onto the north side of the ridge. Enter the first of a series of tunnels following the red waymarks (keep an eye out as they are often hard to spot in the dark). Continue following the path past short sections of wire and finally into a long tunnel system that again is well marked. After leaving this you will come across a large cannon from the war and Rifugio Padon where the route ends.
Descent - To return follow the 'Sentiero Geologico Arabba' path back around the south side of the Padon ridge to the cable car station and Rifugio Luigi Gorza. Alternatively, if you have walked up from Arabba, take the 699 down the winter ski piste back to the town. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
of ascent, 300m of VF. A fascinating route along a ridge that was used as trenches by the Italians in WWI, thus the name. The first section of the route is the hardest and the route includes a very rickety bridge and some long tunnels

Photo: Monte Padon rising above Lago Fedaia, home of Via Ferrata delle Trincee © Casa Alfredino
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This climb is in 111 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

purplemushroom - 24/Sep/14 with Ben Wetherill

Giles Eperon - 09/Sep/14 with Alex Eperon, Charlie Wilson, felicity eperon

Greasy at start. Very glad of confidence rope. Amazing views. A whole new league to the g3 vfs
randomsabreur - 06/Sep/14

Hidden - 05/Sep/14

kirky_p - 01/Sep/14

Hidden - 01/Aug/14

BeckyS - 17/Jul/14 with John M, Andrew M

TomGB - Lead - 14/Jul/14 with Stewart Moody, Adam Butler

clarky_two - 2014

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Sep/13

Hidden - 10/Sep/13

pimpy - 07/Sep/13

Great route, great views. A lot of exposure. Tunnels are interesting.
stucknortherner - 07/Sep/13

in the evening with a stay at the bivi
ANC - 06/Sep/13 with Louise Humphreys

in the evening with a stay at the bivi
ANC - 06/Sep/13 with Louise Humphreys

louise123 - 06/Sep/13 with Angus Clark

Roger Cruse - Solo O/S - 16/Aug/13 with Kris

mikelaing - Lead - Aug/13

ClareHowes90 - Aug/13

http://www.casa-alfredino.co.uk/via-ferrata/via-delle-trincee-history-and-fantastic-climbing/
Casa Alfredino - Aug/13

We walked in from east of Passo Pordoi on a contouring path along to the lift station top. This is a fun route but is popular. We started late but caught up with the crowds on the descents after the bridge. No one else around for the final tunnel sections. Great Marmolada views.
brianrunner - Solo - 28/Jul/13 with martina

Brilliant ridge - alpine climbing without the stress of ropes.
bridget143 - 27/Jul/13 with Simen

Jontro - 25/Jul/13 with Bridget & Simean, Fiona Hollinshead

vikx85 - 24/Jul/13

Monkey_Alan - 08/Sep/12 with Simon Blanchflower

mike_hough_uk - 08/Sep/12 with chri55ie

chri55ie - 08/Sep/12 with Mike Hough

colinthrelfall - 05/Sep/12 with Stewart, Gordon, Neal, Ian Jeffrey

Helen, Marq, JR, JP, Kieth
Vicky L - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/12

Marq - 23/Aug/12 with Keefus, Vicky Lisle, Helen C (LMC), James Rowe, James Pearson

Hidden - 23/Aug/12

zoeimogen - 04/Aug/12

Pete Pozman - 28/Jul/12

awesome!
JamesRich - 24/Jul/12 with Karen Rich, Howard Rich, Paul Rich

Hard start,followed by good ridge, then interesting tunnels to finish. Good route.
Fiskavaig - Solo - 12/Jul/12 with Steve Bridg, Paul R

phillipjohnson - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/12 with Matt schwarz

Matt Schwarz - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/12 with Phillip Johnson

danieleaston - Jul/12

wilf - 2012 with Tom, Andy, nick f

Clee - 14/Sep/11 with Anna

Hidden - 06/Sep/11

Huge cable car. Slightly more difficult in the beginning, but simple when using the wire. Bridge on the way, then some historic buildings and lots of little caves with viewing galleries on the way. Amazing 360 view. Towards the end, the ferrata turns into many little bits, which gets slightly annoying. One big cave at the very end, but the ferrata doesnt actually go through it, it's more of a hike from there on. Met the builder of the ferrata on the decent in a little chalet. Three of his goats managed to escape and he told us about how they got them back using helicopters and that - the man told us about his misery...him having been a sheppard for 40 years already and nevery having seen something like this. Sad days...Anyway, we ran down the ski slopes, saw a marmot on the way and two moto cross drivers.
Willbert - 29/Aug/11

Awesome route. Great weather. Explored all the tunnels. Probably my favourite route of the week. Lots of ascent and decents and superb possitions.
Katie86 - 23/Aug/11 with Ellie Aimes

Ellie79 - 23/Aug/11 with Andy Odger, Miles Doughty, Katie H

Had to bail last time I tried this, so really wanted to complete it. Wasn't at all disappointed - stunning VF with superb exposure and a fun finale with the tunnels.
sarahlizzy - 29/Jul/11 with Syv

Hidden - 14/Jul/11

Excellent route with a bit of history thrown in too.
prog99 - 05/Jul/11 with Fiona

Stiff start on damp rocks but after that no problems. The caves are cool.
Fiona Reid - 05/Jul/11 with Mike

Griff87 - Jul/11

Griff87 - Jul/11

My favourite VF so far.
syv_k - Jul/11 with sarahlizzy

done this vf many of times, got stuck in a thunderstorm here
rch3l - Solo - Jul/11

Hidden - 16/Jun/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 12/Sep/10

alisonk - Solo - 02/Sep/10 with Dave

davidk - Solo - 02/Sep/10 with alison

Dave Foster - Sep/10 with Laura, Elena, Ross, Sandra

syv_k - 2nd dnf - 15/Aug/10

zoeimogen - 2nd dnf - 15/Aug/10

Hidden - Solo - 13/Aug/10

Hidden - 08/Aug/10

Trisha Murphy - 19/Jul/10

A fantastic VF route, recommended.
jubolo - 17/Jul/10 with batts, craig

excellent
LA Bradders - 14/Jul/10

seanyt - Solo - Jul/10

Elizabeth Noyes - Jul/10 with Neil Murphy

Hidden - Jun/10

mick grim - 2010

Hidden - 07/Sep/09

Hidden - Sep/09

Hidden - Solo rpt - 23/Aug/09

cas smerdon - 12/Aug/09

Stunning route with the added bonus of the tunnels at the end. Take a torch!
Guy - Aug/09 with Pamela

Hidden - 24/Jul/09

Hidden - 24/Jul/09

Hailstorm on first section! Sun came back out for the rest - but queues gone :)
pocketsarah - 15/Jul/09

Hidden - 21/Sep/08

Hidden - 10/Aug/08

Hidden - 06/Aug/08

One of the best VF's I've done. Cable car wasnt working though, so quite a long walk up, and a hell of a walk-off at the end. Got very sore feet in approach shoes - lost both big toenails later....
CathS - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/08

guy stabler - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/07

3rd time. Cable car running!
Becky E - 01/Sep/07 with Martin and Kenny

JulianD - Solo - 27/Jul/07 with Ann

Hidden - 18/Jul/07

Hidden - Jul/07

Hidden - Jul/07

Hidden - 2007

johnjb - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/06 with Tony B, Kieran B

Walked in from Passo Pordoi.
Graham Iles - 12/Sep/06 with Jo

Did all the moves free, but blow the repoint by standing on a stemple in gully before finding a decent hold ! Ran down to Arabba in under 45 minutes
Chris the Tall - 02/Sep/06 with Daz, Alan Selby, Liz, Alice Chaplin, India

IggyLiz - 02/Sep/06 with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India

Hidden - Solo - Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/06

Stuart Macfarlane - 26/Jul/06 with Andy W

runwildjohn - 15/Jul/06 with Alice Horton

No problems this time
Chris the Tall - 28/Aug/04 with Liz

texuspete - 04/Aug/04

IggyLiz - Aug/04 with Chris

buxtoncoffeelover - Solo - Aug/04

2nd time. Cable car not running this time either, so repeated the evil walk down.
Becky E - Jul/04 with various

Did not finish
IggyLiz - Sep/03 with Chris

Did not finish, retreated at first exit point after Liz spotted a cloud - understandably nervous after the thunderstorm epic on Cristallo
Chris the Tall - 30/Aug/03 with Liz

Hidden - Aug/03

1st time. No cable car. Murderous walk down the ski piste to Arabba.
Becky E - Jul/03 with various

Done in dense fog, almost went wrong
Chris the Tall - 27/Aug/02

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/02

Big Lee - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/02

Hidden - 27/Jun/02

Hidden - 07/Sep/92

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