Rockfax Description
This is an excellent mountain day providing a link-up of two separate via ferrata, Sass Rigais Sud and Sass Rigais Est. Together they traverse the peak of Sass Rigais (3025m) providing some of the best views in the area. The length of the route means that although never technically challenging it should not be underestimated, particularly if you want to make it in time to get the last lift down.
Approach - The best approach for this via ferrata is using the gondola from Santa Cristina in the Val Gardena. The lift runs from early June until late September. Santa Cristina is easily approached from either Ortisei or Selva via the SS242. The Col Raiser gondola is well signed from the main road and has its own (paid) parking. Take the gondola to the top station and Rifugio Col Raiser. For those wishing to approach on foot it is possible to walk underneath the lift on path 1, 1a and 4.
The via ferrata can also be approached via the Seceda cable car from Ortisei, located further west down the Val Gardena. The lift is also well signed and runs from mid June to early October.
From the top of the Col Raiser gondola, head north following signs for 'Sass Rigais' on path 2 (often marked on maps as path 4a ). Follow the large path until the it forks after 1km. Turn right and continue to the idyllic Malga Pieralongia (excellent refreshments if it is open). Turn right onto path 2b which heads east, contouring under the Odle peaks. Upon reaching the base of Sass Rigais the path forks, with signs for both the 'Sud' and 'Est Via Ferrata'.
Here you have a choice as the route can be completed in either direction, with both directions being equally popular. Via Ferrata Est is slightly harder and so many people prefer to ascend it, however the south side generally holds less snow, making it popular early in the season.
The route described here ascends the southern via ferrata and descends to the east.
VF - From the fork in the path, follow signing towards 'Via Ferrata Sud' and 'Forcella Mesdi' which leads northwest up a steep rocky gully. Halfway up the gully the route veers sharply right marking the beginning of the route proper. Ascend to the northeast, first more steeply and then on easier ground to reach the broad open flank of Sass Rigais. Cross this, following red paint and cairns, to steeper ground once again. Intermittent wire and a final exposed scramble leads to the summit and a spectacular panorama. To the northeast, at exactly the same height lies Furchetta, a mountain particularly famous for its huge north face that towers over the neighbouring Val di Funes.
Descent - A descent down VF Est provides a complete circuit and the most satisfactory descent, though this may not be possible early in the season if there is still a large amount of snow. From the summit descend to the northeast following the cable as it descends into the dramatic Val Salieres. Follow the path south and then west until it rejoins with path 2b at the junction from which you started. From here either retrace your steps or take path 13 and 4 via Rifugio Firenze to return to the Col Raiser gondola. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
From the col between Furchetta and Sass Rigais head West up following rungs and wires to the crowded summit.

mollymcleod 27/Aug/17 -

Epic of a day as we began killer uphill scree approach (VF Est) at 12.30 after winding walk in, stopping to see donkeys... v slow after exhausting week. Summited to stunning views at 5.30pm, as last chair lift down left 1000m below! Long 3.5 hrs down, 9pm finish. But a 180 double rainbow!

with Andrea Peintner, Ekaterina Kovacheva
benrhyd 28/Jul/17 -

Lovely day, did it from the east, doing Sass rigais Est via ferrata first and descending the Sass Rigais Sud via ferrata

with Adam Haynes
jpksalmon 18/Jul/17 -

Ascent vis East, descent via South

with Paul
Paul1 18/Jul/17 -
with Jon
yelotango 03/Jul/17 -
loungerr 25/Aug/16 -

Ascent via VF Est, descent - VF Sud. Had a rather late start - 9.30 a.m. in the gondola, partner got tired and we did not manage to the last lift. Finished at the parking lot at 8 p.m.

Hidden 07/Aug/16 Solo
ewanjp 01/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Had a proper epic on this. Started early (first lift I think) and decided to take the guidebooks advice to go up VF Est. A mistake! Umpteen hundred meters of scree death march. The VF itself was a doddle and quite enjoyable (tho I did have the cap on my root canal come loose again - bad times). The VF sud was fun on the way down, but the whole thing took so long (my poor navigation did have us scramble half way up the mountain to the east of this one to start with...) we missed the last lift so eventually got back to the car at 9pm. Fun times.

with alicec
Hidden 06/Sep/15 -
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purplemushroom 26/Sep/14 -
Fiona Reid 01/Jul/12 -

Very nice, nothing too hard. The descent route from Sass Rigais is probably harder than the ascent though.

with Mike
Mike-W-99 01/Jul/12 -

Easy ascent. Descent tricky as its the busier easier route to the summit.

with Fiona
Jola ??/2012 -
Hidden 09/Jul/11 Solo O/S
alpinist63 16/Aug/07 -
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