Rockfax Description
This short via ferrata is by no means the best but does provide a good half day if you're in the area. The climbing is engaging and quite stiff for the grade with some surprising exposure considering its small size. Perched atop the Sella Pass, overlooking the Val di Fassa, the views are excellent, the masts on the summit aside. Col Rodella is a famous take off location for paragliders and on a good day it is not uncommon to see several hundred in the air at once - a sight in itself!
The south face of Col Rodella is also a sport crag with just under 50 routes that surround the via ferrata. The crag is not as good as the neighbouring Città dei Sassi, which also has a shorter approach, hence it is not covered in this guide.
Approach - Col Rodella is located on the Selva di Val Gardena (north) side of the Sella Pass (SS242 ) equidistant between Sassolungo and the Sella Towers, overlooking the Val di Fassa. If approaching from Canazei follow signs north signed for the 'Sella Pass' and the 'Val Gardena' on the SS48. At a fork turn left towards the Sella Pass on SS242 and follow it all the way to the top. Descend down the other side for 700m to where a tight turning left leads up a small vehicle track towards Col Rodella. Parking is available immediately after the turn on the right-hand side of the road. This fills up quickly during peak season. There is free roadside parking around Città dei Sassi. Additional paid parking can be found in the numerous car parks surrounding the Cabinovia Forcella Sassolungo lift.
Continue walking along the track (path 557 ) that leads up towards Col Rodella. Upon reaching Forcella Rodella turn left onto path 529 towards Rifugio Des Alpes. From the rifugio, turn onto path 530 and descend towards Campitello until you're level with the base of the main buttress of Col Rodella. Then follow a faint climbers' path off to your right passing under the line of the cable car. Finally contour under the base of the face clockwise for 5 minutes until you reach the start of the cable.
It is also possible to approach from Campitello via the cable car, which is well signed from the village. From the top station descend to Rifugio Des Alpes and follow as above.
VF - The route follows a logical line up the sunny south face with good protection and a well tensioned cable. Follow the wire up vertically for a few metres before a roof forces a short traverse left. A steeper wall above with good climbing leads to a rising traverse out left. A set of stemples assists with the next steep wall providing some excellent exposure. Easier climbing above this leads to the summit and Rifugio Col Rodella.
Descent - From the summit descend down to Rifugio Des Alpes on the large track. From there retrace your steps back to the car. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A fantastic little route.

steveleahy 14/Sep/17 -

Low clouds and couldn't see the top when we started but cleared out for us, was pretty good

with Bec
Hidden 14/Sep/17 -
Hidden 20/Aug/17 -
jussiupn 03/Aug/17 -

This time this was easy. No backbag, only harness. 1 hour from lift to top. Nice route!

with Junde, Harry Halonen, Paavo Kuosmanen
Hidden 23/Jul/17 2nd O/S
Ian Stirrups 23/Jul/17 -

Also Bob & Jenny & Paul Sullivan

with Sue
will484 23/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Jul/17 -
tomB 30/Aug/16 -
with Juliette
Juliette Baker 30/Aug/16 -
with Tom
ClareM.123 17/Jul/16 -
ClareM.123 17/Jul/16 -

very nice, but so short that we did it twice!

David Walker 19/Sep/15 Solo O/S

Topped out to be greeted by Eric Jones from the rifugio balcony :)

with Maria
Hidden 10/Sep/15 -
Hidden 16/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/15 Solo
petern 06/Aug/15 -
Nicola 10/Jul/15 -
Hidden 05/Jul/15 -
Dirty Knees 05/Jul/15 -
yelotango ?/Jul/15 Solo
IJHunt 08/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Climbed and reversed to make a longer route as it was quiet.

with Fiona
Giles Eperon 11/Sep/14 -
with Charlie Wilson, Alex Eperon, felicity eperon
Charlie Eperon 11/Sep/14 -
Alex Eperon 11/Sep/14 -
randomsabreur 02/Sep/14 -
Hidden 01/Aug/14 -
Mike-W-99 16/Jul/14 -
with Fiona
Fiona Reid 16/Jul/14 -

Fairly short but well worth doing if you're in the area.

with Mike
jussiupn 14/Jul/14 -

Very hard ferrata with lots of climbing with friction and pulling the cable. Short access

with Paavo Kuosmanen, Panu Markkanen, Rauno Hakanen, Junde
Becks87 16/Sep/13 Solo O/S
with Powsers
Hidden 08/Sep/13 -
Roger Cruse 15/Aug/13 Solo O/S
with Kris
vikx85 25/Jul/13 -
Fentonio 30/Jun/13 -
with Torben Fogh, Ben Brady
Hidden 20/Jun/13 AltLd
Ade7 20/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
with Sam C
Keith Lambley 02/Sep/12 -
with Margaret G, Dave W J, Jeff H, Kate R
zoeimogen 01/Aug/12 -
Hidden 31/Jul/12 -
JamesRich 22/Jul/12 -
with Karen Rich, Howard Rich, Paul Rich
Hidden 20/Jul/12 -
ElShalimo 17/Jul/12 -
Hidden 15/Jul/12 -
Hidden 10/Jul/12 -
Hidden 19/Jun/12 -
stev1e.wilso 07/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/11 -
syv_k ?/Aug/11 -
sarahlizzy 30/Jul/11 -

Spicy for the grade in a couple of places, with some exposed clips to be made. Gets a star for being short, to the point, quick approach (from the cable car) and literally ends right next to the Rifugio, so the first person up can get a round in while the rest of your group are still on the cable!

with Syv
Griff87 ?/Jul/11 -
Hidden 14/Jun/11 -
Hidden ?/Jun/11 -
rch3l ?/May/11 -
Hidden 22/Aug/10 -
Rampikino 20/Aug/10 Solo
with Cat
Doby 28/Jul/10 Solo
with Elsie
Elsier 28/Jul/10 Solo
with Jo, Josie
Hidden 25/Jul/10 -
Doby ??/2010 -

Great via ferrata

with Josie, Elsie
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