Rockfax Description
Also known as Possnecker after the branch of the German and Austrian Alpine Club who first equipped it in 1912, this via ferrata is a varied and surprisingly Alpine route. Although not technically too demanding for its grade, it is long and exposed, combining some narrow chimney squeezes with some very airy face climbing. There are some quite long run-outs between wires and a couple of easy but exposed unprotected ledges.
Approach - The via ferrata is easily accessed from the top of the Sella Pass, to the northeast of the Sella Towers. This can be reached from any of the villages around the Sella. From Canazei, take the SS48 then take a left turn onto the SS242 following it all the way to the top of the Sella Pass. From Selva in Val Gardena, take the SS242 to the south, ignoring the turn-off for the Val Badia (SS243 ) and continue to the top of the Sella Pass. There is parking at the pass itself or on the first few hairpins below.
To avoid a long and arduous walk at the end of the day, a car drop is ideal for this route. Leave a car at the roadside parking below the large wall of Piz Ciavazes, then continue in the second car to the pass. If you only have one car at your disposal, it is also possible to leave the car at Piz Ciavazes and walk up to the Sella Pass, following the path which cuts through the hairpins, thus getting the ascent out of the way early in the day.
From the top of the Sella Pass, take path 649 to the left of Hotel Maria Flora towards the Sella Towers. Follow this as it contours left and nears the base of the face. Continue to reach the start of the wire below a short corner.
VF - A very short section of unprotected easy climbing allows you to reach the start of the wire. This leads diagonally left before climbing a vertical crack. Continue up iron pegs to a section of good but slightly polished holds before reaching a small unprotected ledge. Follow this right and ascend an unprotected rocky gully, with a peg in the upper section. Continue to a short ladder and ascend this to reach a striking chimney. Climb using stemples on both sides of the rift, which gets steadily narrower, before pulling round to the left onto a pulpit on the exposed rock face itself. Airy climbing leads to a second ladder. Climb this, then continue with steep, enjoyable, well-protected and exposed climbing up the face above. Continue to exit onto a large scree ledge and follow a path left, which contours the terrace.
Follow cairns and markers to reach the rock forming the second (considerably easier) half of the route. The wire is intermittent but the going straightforward as you ascend a series of loose rocky banks before exiting onto the southern shoulder of Piz Selva. Continue easily to the summit.
Descent - Follow path 649 ( - see note below) which cuts right across the plateau (it is possible to take the more scenic path which follows the ridge-line on the left, but this is considerably longer) to reach the Forcella dai Ciamorces. Continue onto path 649 to reach the Sella de Pisciadu saddle. At the fork, continue on the 649 towards Rifugio Boè to reach Forcella d'Antersass. Join path 647 and continue to reach the Val Lasties. Descend the very beautiful valley towards Rifugio Pian Schiavaneis, then at the fork follow path 656 right. Descend this through shrubs to reach a waterfall. Shortly afterwards, branch right and follow the path down to reach the main road. If you have left a car at the top of the Sella Pass, a gruelling walk awaits, following a path which cuts steeply through the hairpins, following the road in a few sections to reach the parking.
Note - There is another, shorter route down which bypasses much of the walk across the plateau. It is however poorly marked, difficult to find and protected by loose cable. As you cross the plateau towards the Forcella dai Ciamorces, when you are level with Piz Miara's summit cross, follow a very vague path right towards a wide gully. BEWARE - There are numerous wide gullies on this section of the plateau, many of which lead to sheer drops. Descend this, overcoming boulders with the help of two short sections of loose, poorly-maintained cable then continue to exit into the Val Lasties. Follow this right to join the normal descent. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
of ascent - 500m. Probably the oldest VF in the region and it shows. Some exposed sections on rickety ladders

alastairbegley 29/Aug -
gingerbex 29/Aug Solo O/S
justaddpowder 24/Aug 2nd
benrhyd 29/Jul -
with Adam Haynes
Julesthe1st 10/Jul Solo O/S

Brilliant day. But long. Not what I'd call a rest day. The walk back down is a bit epic with some dubious cables.

with Pilar
howsthebeef 23/Sep/16 -
with M. Moore, T. Nixon, T. Robinson
tobydunford 18/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Simon Thursz
tobyk 06/Aug/16 -
with simon, jess, Emma Akam
PawelP 30/Jul/16 Lead

Fantastic line. Stunning rock formations in the upper part of VF, took it slow to look around and enjoy the views. Careful - rocks fall frequently at the bottom as middle part full of rubble. Put your helmet on as early as you can, maybe even before getting near the start of the wire

miriamclaire ?/Jun/16 -
Tim Harper 10/Aug/15 Solo O/S

Climbed on my own in the baking sun, lower section has some interesting and fun unprotected sections and the upper half is wonderful! Awesome route with a great view from the top.

Full moon addict 28/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Descended toward the end of a long day. Struggled to find the route at the top without a guidebook. Didn't clip in for reasons of speed so was very exciting with a backpack.

embob 18/Jun/15 Solo

Brilliant, full-on day out. The exposed scrambling on loose rock at the top felt quite hairy, especially skirting round the last patches of snow. Top-out was incredible. Long walk off through the remaining bits of snow.

with Alex, Pa
Hidden 18/Jun/15 Solo
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Hidden 07/Sep/13 -
greenclimb 04/Aug/13 -
with Sarah
Keith Lambley 15/Sep/12 -
david morse 13/Sep/12 Solo

Under a few inches of snow, not recommended! Very long day, felt quite committing. Long descent to passo gardena. Amazing

with Katie W
Marq 25/Aug/12 Solo O/S
with Suzanne (LMC), Vicky Lisle, James Pearson
Hidden 25/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Aug/12 Solo β
Hidden 10/Aug/12 Solo
Mike-W-99 05/Jul/12 -

Excellent fun. Long walk out back to the pass.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 05/Jul/12 -

Wee rain shower on the ascent to make it a bit harder than it should have been. Long long walk out.

with Mike
Griff87 ?/Aug/11 -
rch3l ?/Jun/11 Solo
James Oswald 30/Aug/10 Solo
with adam06
adam06 30/Aug/10 Solo

didnt have a guide, so didnt know how to get down from the top and was gettin dark... so we down climbed the whole thing!

Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
arc_73 19/Jul/10 -
yelotango ?/Jul/10 Solo


mick grim ??/2010 -
Mike Turner 12/Sep/09 -
with Keith Fisher, Dave White, Alan Beaumont
Ewan Russell 12/Jul/09 Solo O/S
with Myself!
Hidden 10/Jul/09 -
Hidden 10/Jul/09 -
Dunx ?/Jul/09 -
Hidden 08/Aug/08 -
Hidden 08/Aug/08 -
tallsop ?/Aug/08 -
jcj ??/2008 -
beardy mike ??/2008 -

Possibly on of the best VF in the hills. Yes it's rickety in places but it'sfricking awesome to be on esuch a big wall...

with The Missus
MartinN 31/Aug/06 -
Hidden ?/Sep/05 -
Jonny M ?/Jul/04 2nd O/S
with James Pearson
Bob M ?/Jul/04 -
with Dan Lyness, Carolyn Lyness
Chris the Tall 03/Sep/02 -

Continued to summit of Pic Selva - a long day

with Paul
Big Lee 11/Jul/02 Solo O/S

Used as a decent

crossdressingrodney 05/Jul/02 Lead O/S
victim of mathematics 05/Jul/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/02 -
Sankey ??/2002 -
abbeywall 05/Sep/99 -
with K
Hidden ?/Aug/91 -
Rob Davies 07/Aug/87 Solo rpt

Repeated, as I remembered this as a good day out - better weather this time, but cold

with Mike Papworth
Rob Davies 10/Aug/77 Solo

Pouring rain. Quite exciting when staples / ladders spiral on to outside face. Walked to Piz Ciavazes and down past Sass Pordoi.

with Laurie Gardiner, David Kinniburgh, Charles Kinniburgh
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