Michielli Strobel VF3B
[Halfway up Michielli Strobel musing on others' pain, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
This is an excellent via ferrata and one of the classics of the Cortina area. It offers good engaging climbing at a consistent grade interspersed by several strenuous walking sections along the scrubby terraces that split the face of Punta Fiames. A long airy ladder at three-quarter height provides the high point of the route and the summit offers superb views of Cortina and the surrounding area.
Approach - From Cortina, take the SS51 north in the direction of Dobbiaco. After 5km you will reach the village of Fiames. Park near the large Hotel Fiames found on the left, halfway through the village. Opposite the hotel, a track leads uphill into the woods. Soon this reaches a larger gravel track. Turn right onto the track and follow it for 100m until a smaller path leads off left again. This track should be signed towards the via ferrata. Continue following it steeply uphill crossing straight over another larger track that used to be the old railway line. The path eventually breaks out of the trees into scrubland. This in turn leads to a large scree fan which you follow to the base of the rock face and a memorial plaque. Here you make a sharp right following a large rising ledge in the direction of Cortina. After 10 minutes you will reach the end of the ledge and the start of the route which turns abruptly left up a shallow chimney, gear up here.
VF - Climb the chimney until you reach a ledge which you follow to the left. Climb vertically again before reaching another ledge which you follow leftwards. Another stint of vertical climbing brings you to a large scrubby terrace. Follow the path up right through the scrubs as it contours under the face until you come to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Cortina. The route now switches back hard left again up a short but steeper section of wall with a number of stemples for assistance.
At the top of this the path contours around a large gully with some huge jammed blocks to the base of the aforementioned ladder. Climb this (good exposure) to reach an enjoyable vertical section above. This brings you to yet another large terrace. Follow the path to the right again until you're at the final section of wire under the blunt arete. Easy climbing up this, passing another plaque on the way, leads to the end of the difficulties. Follow the path rightwards up to the summit of Punta Fiames (2240m) and a stunning view. The isolated summit of Col Rosa can be seen clearly to the northwest, home of the neighbouring via ferrata, Ettore Bovero.
Descent - Follow a well marked path that heads east starting high and contouring just under the various peaks of the group. After 10 minutes or so you traverse across an exposed section protected by a newly placed wire. Continue following the path contouring until you get to the saddle of Forcella del Pomagagnon situated at the top of a huge scree gully. Descend carefully down the gully being mindful of parties above and below you. After descending for several minutes the scree gets deeper and the going gets easier. The vague path down the gully is sporadically marked with paint and cairns. At the bottom look out for a small path branching off to the right, which contours back under the faces heading northwest. This eventually leads back to the old railway track. Follow this north before descending back into Fiames just past the football pitch and athletics track (there are numerous possible paths).
Alternatively, at the bottom of the main scree gully, it is possible to continue heading directly down the remaining scree following a dry stream bed on a vague path. This will again eventually deposit you onto the old railway track which you follow north back to Fiames. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Halfway up Michielli Strobel musing on others' pain © noteviljoe
View all 4 photos or Submit a new photo of this climb.

This climb is in 118 logbooks, and on no wishlists.

andy dunn - 26/Sep/15 with Claire

Claireybloomers - 26/Sep/15 with Andy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/15

Hidden - 08/Sep/15

Matt1234 - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/15

bclifton - 05/Sep/15

andyclimber - 25/Aug/15

Andy Fielding - Solo - 10/Aug/15

Hidden - Aug/15

yossarian714 - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/15 with Rowan Ellwood

john. e.r - Lead - 06/Jul/15

philmitch - 29/Jun/15

First day of Exercise Italian Stallion
PatrickEnglish - 21/Jun/15

rlade - 2015

Great route, yes there's a fair bit of walking, but there's decent amount of ferrata too and the setting is fantastic.
Oujmik - Oct/14 with Jyoti

Not worth the walk in. Way too many gaps between cables once reaching the ferrata.
charlielow - 12/Sep/14 with Sue Low

Short easy sections and a lot of walking but a nice outing in all
Sean Martin - 12/Sep/14

Hidden - 09/Sep/14

Celia Watson - 09/Sep/14 with stuart watson

Hidden - 01/Sep/14

Hidden - 03/Aug/14

tomdawson4 - 27/Jul/14

Stuck behind very slow group for the first part
vix - 17/Jul/14 with Lorna

efrance24234 - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/14 with Beth heatherington

Tim Harper - 16/Jul/14

Good fun, nice summit at the end. Finished along the Terza Cengia which was poor and not worth doing.
TomGB - 11/Jul/14 with Stewart Moody, Adam Butler

kb273 - 26/Jun/14

clarky_two - 2014

Hidden - 21/Sep/13

After snowfall the night prior. First Via Ferrata.
niallk - 17/Sep/13 with Steven Harris, Pam

Hidden - 07/Sep/13

Hidden - 30/Aug/13

Vicky L - Solo O/S - 30/Aug/13 with James R, Cath S

Hidden - 14/Aug/13

bullybones - 03/Aug/13

ClareHowes90 - Aug/13

MJH - 15/Jul/13 with Stephan, Heather, Mark Stitson

My first via ferrata. Excellent fun.
s.tietz - Solo O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Mike Hale, Mark Stitson, Heather Rumble

Mark Stitson (ULGMC) - Solo - 15/Jul/13 with Stephan Tietz

heathergotrumbled - 15/Jul/13 with MH, ST, MS

A bit disjointed and polished. Finished along the easy VF Terza Cengia
Mike-W-99 - 07/Jul/13 with Fiona

Too many gaps between the cabled sections. Finished along VF Terza Cengia
Fiona Reid - 07/Jul/13 with Mike

jhobbs - 04/Jul/13 with Richard Harvey

Harvdog - 04/Jul/13 with John Hobbs

Hidden - 27/Jun/13

Hidden - 12/Aug/12

Hidden - 12/Aug/12

Hidden - 26/Jul/12

johnpuddephatt - Lead - 25/Jul/12

Hidden - 25/Jul/12

Easy enough without rungs for aid.
Will Hunt - 23/Jul/12 with Rosie Cole, Halla Parkin, John Puddephatt, Huw Goodall, Matt Ringrose

jhobbs - 15/Jul/12 with Tim Melrose

tmelrose - Solo - 15/Jul/12 with jhobbs

Hidden - 26/Jun/12

noteviljoe - 24/Jun/12

Tightsgirl - Jun/12

Great rest day! Invented Screeing =p
Nick_Merriman - Lead O/S - Jun/12 with NTU

Hidden - 23/Sep/11

Hidden - 17/Sep/11

grey and wet, thunderstorm finish
JulianD - Solo - 04/Sep/11 with Paul B, David H

Ellie79 - 20/Aug/11 with Andy Odger, Miles Doughty, Katie H

Hidden - 16/Aug/11

alexpattillo - Solo O/S - 25/Jul/11 with Rachel Roberts

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jul/11

colenn - 30/Jun/11 with Aidan Ennis

aennis - 30/Jun/11 with Colm Ennis

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/11

Did this route loads, got my armntrapped under a fallen boulder, lost my watch and a trip to hospital
rch3l - Solo - Jun/11

Griff87 - May/11

moviti - May/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2011

Little AndyH - Lead O/S - 2011 with Camilla West

A good day, though reached the summit as the sun dipped below the horizon, meaning finding our way through thigh deep snow across to the top of the scree gulley in a hurry before the light went..
Simon Preuss - Nov/10

The scree slope descent made this VF, a right scream.
jubolo - 18/Jul/10 with batts, craig

Hidden - 21/Jun/10

MariaT - Solo O/S - 18/Jun/10 with David Walker

David Walker - Solo O/S - 18/Jun/10 with Maria

Hidden - 12/Jun/10

A great VF but a thigh-burning scree descent!
AxelF - Jun/10 with Jeff Ashton

Hidden - 03/Sep/09

Hidden - Sep/09

Hidden - Aug/09

Hidden - 17/Jul/09

monkeytennis - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with Mark Sauer, Mark

Hidden - 25/May/09

Dunx - 2009

Hidden - 11/Sep/08

Hidden - 03/Sep/08

Hidden - 03/Sep/08

Hidden - Sep/08

In descent, in rain.
adamscottthomas - 26/Aug/08 with Oliver Mentz and Ellen Taylor

in descent, in dark + rain.
ellentaylor - 26/Aug/08 with Ollie & Adam

Decent from top of climb after dark
31770 - 26/Aug/08 with Ellen Taylor, adamscottthomas

Hidden - 20/Aug/08

andrewbooth1000 - 06/Jul/08 with Rob & Mark

jcj - 2008

A nice long route with a good summit. Enjoyed the long walk-out too.
CathS - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/07

Monk - Sep/07

Protheroe - 11/Aug/07 with Dave Radley

done as descent from S face normal route
Bristoldave - 2007

Chris the Tall - 31/Aug/06 with Liz and assorted minions

IggyLiz - 31/Aug/06 with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India

Hidden - Lead - Aug/06

Hidden - 09/Jul/06

Lovely route. Alternates steep walking & climbing. Bang on 3B. Adjoining gully is breathtaking & final 300m scree run is daft fun. The ladder is fine, better than described in the book.
AsleepOnBelay - 07/Jul/06 with Sarah Davis

Hidden - Jul/06

Elsier - Jul/06 with Stuart

Graeme Hammond - 23/Aug/05

Toerag - Jul/05 with Samantha Woolcombe

Hidden - 25/Jun/02

matthewjbellamy - Apr/02

Great route and a fun day out, culminating in a scree race (Sam won, but not by much). Blissfully unaware of world events until we entered cafe Peter
Chris the Tall - 11/Sep/01 with Sam & Colletts

Stone Muppet - 2001

AG - 2001

abbeywall - 02/Sep/99 with K

Steve J P - Jul/97 with JL, MG

davemhart - 30/Jul/85

Total votes cast 32
hard VF3C0 of 16
VF3C0 of 16
easy VF3C0 of 16
hard VF3B1 of 16
VF3B11 of 16
easy VF3B4 of 16
hard VF3A0 of 16
VF3A0 of 16
easy VF3A0 of 16
3 Stars2 of 16
2 Stars6 of 16
1 Star7 of 16
0 Stars1 of 16
Bag of .....0 of 16
Please Login as Existing User to rate this climb.
Style of ascent
Clean O/S