The girlfriend and I are planning to do the VIA DELLE BOCCHETTA in the early season (starting ~20th June)
I'm keen to do the high elevation Via delle Bocchette Alte Sentiero Bochette Alte (VF) (VF4C) section
A. Anyone here with experience on the route in early season?
B. I'm assuming crampons are required (?) but would strap-ons be sufficient or do I need boots that can take semi-automatics?
As most of the route on rock I'd prefer to take my comfy Scarpa Mescalito Mid's.
Did it July 6th 2016, only used crampons for the Bocca del Tuckett, could have done it without but made it safer & faster. Currently looking pretty snowy. See link to webcam - https://www.funiviecampiglio.it/panoramawebcam/spinale/ and link to a picture I took here
OK, I've had to turn back without ice gear at the permanent snow couloir mentioned in guidebooks & shown on the Bergsteigen topo in July before - wire was buried. The Garbari ledge/band was also covered in knee-deep sugar snow which your foot would plunge through to skid sideways off the 6" of ice at the bottom which was no fun. Tuckett and Alimonta 'glaciers' will also ideally require crampons first thing in the morning - the paths down them get turned into soft 'ski tracks' in the afternoons by people descending and re-freeze bullet hard overnight making them seriously unpleasant first thing in the morning - too hard to kick steps. You'd go a looonng way over hard ice studded with fallen rock pieces if you slip. I've bought myself edelrid 6-point strap-on crampons for future attempts!