Rockfax Description
An interesting via ferrata which is predominantly a linear traverse (albeit with a good amount of ascent to start) as opposed to the usual up and down. The conglomerate rock also provides a welcome change to the more usual dolomite. Add in some First World War tunnels, a cannon and a rustic rifugio at the end and you have a very different and pleasant day! The via ferrata develops in three distinct sections and can be cut short if required. The Padon ridge on which it is situated does keep the snow until late in the season, and parties should prepare accordingly. It is worth checking the current condition with the Guides Office if you are planning on making an ascent early in the season.
The initial section of wire provides the crux on the route; after that the difficulties ease, although there is a considerable amount of down-climbing. The views over the Fedaia Pass, Lago di Fedaia and the Marmolada (3343m) are superb.
Note - If you're planning on doing the entire route a headtorch is required for the tunnels at the end.
Approach - There are three possible starts to this route. Two are located on the Pordoi Pass which is easily accessible from Corvara, Canazei or any of the towns located near to the Sella group. The third gains the Padon ridge from the Fedaia Pass which can be approached from either Malga Ciapela or Canazei.
Starting from Arabba.
This is the usual, shortest and recommended approach via the Arabba Portavescovo cable car, which takes you to Rifugio Luigi Gorza. The cable car runs from early July to early September but it is always worth checking with the local tourist information offices to check because opening dates/times vary from season to season. Beware: like virtually everything in Italy, the cable car closes at lunchtime. It is worth getting a return ticket as you can do a circuit and then get the cable car back down.
If the cable car isn't running, it is possible to walk up from Arabba on path 698. However it is better to drive to the top of the Pordoi Pass and walk in from there (see below).
Starting from the top of the Pordoi Pass. This is a scenically beautiful but long approach (allow two and a half hours) contouring in from the top of the pass. There isn't much height gain to be had but the approach is long. Park in the large car park at the top of the pass opposite the Sass Pordoi cable car. Follow path 601 along the Padon Ridge following signs for the 'Viel del Pan' until you reach Rifugio Luigi Gorza and the top of the Arabba cable car described above.
Starting from Rifugio Castiglioni alla Marmolada. Park at the northwest end of the Lago di Fedaia reservoir near the dam wall. Follow path 698 steeply uphill to Rifugio Luigi Gorza which you reach in just under an hour.
From Rifugio Luigi Gorza head east, following the path that contours under the ridge until the via ferrata is signed off left. Follow the path uphill, zig-zagging through boulders to the start of the route.
VF - The initial section of wire is quite steep but thereafter things get easier. Continue following the wire, crossing a photogenic bridge with spectacular views back down to Arabba. The wire then begins to drop back down to a large open col. This is the end of the first section and escape is possible here (simply follow the path leading underneath the ridge back to the start of the route).
To continue, follow the well-marked path up towards some old First World War ruins. The wire traverses past these on a series of ledges and goes round the back of the ridge where some exposed down-climbing is to be found. This brings you to the end of the second section of wire with a well-trodden path traversing a steep grassy slope. Again it is possible to escape here following the path that leads under the south side of the ridge back to the cable car. Many parties choose to go back here as this is the end of the climbing difficulties, however it is worth continuing if you have the time as the next section takes you through an interesting set of First World War tunnels that are well worth a look - a head torch is essential for this section.
Follow the path leading across the grassy slope heading towards the next obvious section of ridge curving around to the left. Shortly after you pick up the wire again as it traverses along the south side on the continuing ridge. Continue following it past a bricked-up tunnel until the path takes you over onto the north side of the ridge. Enter the first of a series of tunnels following the red waymarks (keep an eye out as they are often hard to spot in the dark). Continue following the path past short sections of wire and finally into a long tunnel system that again is well marked. After leaving this you will come across a large cannon from the war and Rifugio Padon where the route ends.
Descent - To return follow the 'Sentiero Geologico Arabba' path back around the south side of the Padon ridge to the cable car station and Rifugio Luigi Gorza. Alternatively, if you have walked up from Arabba, take the 699 down the winter ski piste back to the town. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
of ascent, 300m of VF. A fascinating route along a ridge that was used as trenches by the Italians in WWI, thus the name. The first section of the route is the hardest and the route includes a very rickety bridge and some long tunnels

hutchay 21/Sep/17 -
steveleahy 15/Sep/17 -

Amazing day. Views for the ridge are brilliant as you can see Marmolada and Piz Boe among others. Climbing at the start the hardest then it eases off but it's never difficult. Tunnels at the end are well worth finishing with.

with Bec
Hidden 15/Sep/17 -
Hidden 14/Sep/17 Solo O/S
MariaT 14/Sep/17 Solo O/S
dpiddock 14/Sep/17 Solo O/S

Atmospheric above an inversion. Route finding between sections fun due to snow covering the "obvious" paths. Found the 3rd section and caves in the end

gsavell 06/Sep/17 -
with Sarah Knight
alastairbegley 26/Aug/17 -
gingerbex 26/Aug/17 Solo O/S
mcneilljamie 24/Aug/17 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/17 -
rossunitt 20/Aug/17 -
with Anna
LittleJoRocks 15/Aug/17 2nd
with Theeni
Theeni 15/Aug/17 Lead O/S
with Jo
GoodbyeTurtles 05/Aug/17 -
with Kate
Tony Ryland 04/Aug/17 Solo
Lauradavies23 02/Aug/17 -
mikecollins 02/Aug/17 -
AndyMcCoy 28/Jul/17 -
wjcdean 26/Jul/17 -

Cool via Ferrara, strenuous at first but then pretty straight forward. Tunnels were cool. Bit of a slog back to the cable car

Hidden 26/Jul/17 2nd O/S
will484 26/Jul/17 Lead O/S
with BStar, mike bennett, jaynie blake
BStar 26/Jul/17 Lead O/S

Strenuous start but interesting throughout.

Ian Stirrups 25/Jul/17 -

Also Bob & Jenny

with Sue
Hidden 20/Jul/17 -
robertcollier 19/Jul/17 Solo O/S
with Emily Collier
robertcollier 19/Jul/17 Solo O/S
with Emily Collier
TimKnight 06/Jul/17 -
Joemanglerocks 06/Jul/17 -
cdpuk 30/Jun/17 -

3.5h on route to complete the entire thing. 9am lift and just missed the 14.45 back. Key to finding the tunnels is to follow the CAI markers; there are a few other tracks that lead down or to short tunnels that can be confusing. Tunnels not as impressive as those at Lagazuoi, and this section adds a significant amount of time to the day, probably doubling the time required for the full round trip.

Owen Johnson 29/Jun/17 Lead O/S
George Frisby 29/Jun/17 -
with Owen
Amy121 13/Sep/16 -
mikestr555 13/Sep/16 AltLd
RM199 03/Sep/16 -
Tim Harper 31/Aug/16 Solo
davelongbottom 29/Aug/16 -
with Cathy
mikehenesy 27/Aug/16 -
with DaveGarrity, Willy, Stuart Fletcher
Buccaneerbilly 27/Aug/16 -
Rob Morgan 20/Aug/16 -

The third section is longer than you might think given the first two bits. We were worried about time so turned back after the first tunnel.

with Win-yei
Win-yei 20/Aug/16 -

Didn't quite get to the second set of tunnels on the last section (which was longer than we expected) as we needed to get back in time for the cable car

with Rob
dan tipper 13/Aug/16 -
ewanjp 04/Aug/16 -

Nice route, but failed to find the tunnels somehow, other than a small one.

with alicec
stev1e.wilso 03/Aug/16 Solo rpt
with Simon, Jess
tobyk 03/Aug/16 -
with Emma Akam
Hidden 29/Jul/16 -
Hidden 11/Jul/16 -
miriamclaire ?/Jun/16 -
Robin Woodward 19/Sep/15 -

Lovely route with lots of interest both from climbing and the views/war relics. Quite a stiff start (might not feel so much if this wasn't our first touch of Dolomite rock), but short lived (and cable pulling will get you passed if required). First cable car up was definitely worth it for a more pleasurable explore (many people came up later). Just under 3 hours, 1 hour back to cable car.

Jenny Dart 19/Sep/15 -
with Robin
Hidden 03/Sep/15 -
Hidden 03/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Penygraig ?/Sep/15 -
with Gwyn4
PPP 27/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Brian
Hidden 27/Aug/15 Lead
Hidden 05/Aug/15 -
stev1e.wilso 04/Aug/15 Solo O/S
lcullum7 03/Aug/15 Lead O/S
SarahA 03/Aug/15 Lead
with Duncan Livesey, Luke Cullum
Hidden 03/Aug/15 Lead O/S
phil27uk ?/Aug/15 -

Hard start but really enjoyable. Can get busy with a couple of bottlenecks. Enjoyed seeing the First World War buildings. Took the cable car up and down to the start

Hidden 30/Jul/15 -
Jola 30/Jul/15 -
cookie002 26/Jul/15 -
theclarkes 23/Jul/15 Solo

No idea why this is ferrata is graded 5b on the website and Tomaselli is given 4c. Delle Trincee is a grade easier than Tomaselli. This is however, an outstanding ferrata and this was our third time on it!

Jim Malo 16/Jul/15 -

Great day out

with Mark
timmyhobby 15/Jul/15 -

Did the first 2 sections after doing marmolada in the morning then got caught in a thunderstorm great route up till then

Hidden 14/Jul/15 -
Dirty Knees 03/Jul/15 -
Hidden 03/Jul/15 -
Juan S 25/Jun/15 -

Gorgeous VF. Easier than expected (took rope following recommendations, didn't feel the need to use it). I was navigationally challenged at the end of the 2nd section for an embarrassing 15 minutes... Eventually made it to the 3rd section.

with Wei
embob 20/Jun/15 Solo

One of my favourites due to the rock quality. Started snowing just as we finished the initial traverse, which made it even more atmospheric. Completed sections 1 and 2 only after we made a nav error in the blizzard :-)

with Alex, Pa
Hidden 20/Jun/15 Solo
Hidden 20/Jun/15 Solo
IJHunt 10/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Lovely route. Clear of snow save a couple of patches at the entrance to the tunnels (easy to step round likely to be gone in a week) the walk from the second cables to the tunnels was longer than anticipated although allowed for some relaxed walking and a real treat.

with Fiona
yelotango ??/2015 Solo
purplemushroom 24/Sep/14 -
Giles Eperon 09/Sep/14 -
with Charlie Wilson, Alex Eperon, felicity eperon
Charlie Eperon 09/Sep/14 -
Alex Eperon 09/Sep/14 -
randomsabreur 06/Sep/14 -

Greasy at start. Very glad of confidence rope. Amazing views. A whole new league to the g3 vfs

Hidden 05/Sep/14 -
kirky_p 01/Sep/14 -
Hidden 01/Aug/14 -
BeckyS 17/Jul/14 -
with John M, Andrew M
TomGB 14/Jul/14 Lead
with Stewart Moody, Adam Butler
Hidden 14/Jul/14 Solo O/S
clarky_two ??/2014 -
Whitty2012 11/Sep/13 AltLd
Hidden 11/Sep/13 AltLd
Hidden 10/Sep/13 -
pimpy 07/Sep/13 -
Hidden 07/Sep/13 -
louise123 06/Sep/13 -
ANC 06/Sep/13 -

in the evening with a stay at the bivi

with Louise Humphreys
ANC 06/Sep/13 -

in the evening with a stay at the bivi

with Louise Humphreys
Roger Cruse 16/Aug/13 Solo O/S
with Kris
ClareHowes90 07/Aug/13 -
Casa Alfredino ?/Aug/13 -

Hidden ?/Aug/13 -
mikelaing ?/Aug/13 Lead
brianrunner 28/Jul/13 Solo

We walked in from east of Passo Pordoi on a contouring path along to the lift station top. This is a fun route but is popular. We started late but caught up with the crowds on the descents after the bridge. No one else around for the final tunnel sections. Great Marmolada views.

with martina
bridget143 27/Jul/13 -

Brilliant ridge - alpine climbing without the stress of ropes.

with Simen
Hidden 25/Jul/13 -
vikx85 24/Jul/13 -
chri55ie 08/Sep/12 -
Monkey_Alan 08/Sep/12 -
with Simon Blanchflower
mike_hough_uk 08/Sep/12 -
colinthrelfall 05/Sep/12 -
with Stewart, Gordon, Neal, Ian Jeffrey
Marq 23/Aug/12 -
with Keefus, Vicky Lisle, Helen C (LMC), James Rowe, James Pearson
Hidden 23/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/12 -
zoeimogen 04/Aug/12 -
Pete Pozman 28/Jul/12 -
JamesRich 24/Jul/12 -


with Karen Rich, Howard Rich, Paul Rich
Fiskavaig 12/Jul/12 Solo

Hard start,followed by good ridge, then interesting tunnels to finish. Good route.

with Steve Bridg, Paul R
phillipjohnson 03/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Matt Schwarz 03/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
danieleaston ?/Jul/12 -
wilf ??/2012 -
with Tom, Andy, nick f
Clee 14/Sep/11 -
with Anna
Chuck 11/Sep/11 -
with Carrie Craig
Hidden 06/Sep/11 -
Willbert 29/Aug/11 -

Huge cable car. Slightly more difficult in the beginning, but simple when using the wire. Bridge on the way, then some historic buildings and lots of little caves with viewing galleries on the way. Amazing 360° view. Towards the end, the ferrata turns into many little bits, which gets slightly annoying. One big cave at the very end, but the ferrata doesnt actually go through it, it's more of a hike from there on. Met the builder of the ferrata on the decent in a little chalet. Three of his goats managed to escape and he told us about how they got them back using helicopters and that - the man told us about his misery...him having been a sheppard for 40 years already and nevery having seen something like this. Sad days...Anyway, we ran down the ski slopes, saw a marmot on the way and two moto cross drivers.

Ellie79 23/Aug/11 -
with Andy Odger, Miles Doughty, Katie H
Katie86 23/Aug/11 -

Awesome route. Great weather. Explored all the tunnels. Probably my favourite route of the week. Lots of ascent and decents and superb possitions.

with Ellie Aimes
sarahlizzy 29/Jul/11 -

Had to bail last time I tried this, so really wanted to complete it. Wasn't at all disappointed - stunning VF with superb exposure and a fun finale with the tunnels.

with Syv
Hidden 14/Jul/11 -
Mike-W-99 05/Jul/11 -

Excellent route with a bit of history thrown in too.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 05/Jul/11 -

Stiff start on damp rocks but after that no problems. The caves are cool.

with Mike
Griff87 ?/Jul/11 -
rch3l ?/Jul/11 Solo

done this vf many of times, got stuck in a thunderstorm here

Griff87 ?/Jul/11 -
syv_k ?/Jul/11 -

My favourite VF so far.

Hidden 16/Jun/11 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 12/Sep/10 -
davidk 02/Sep/10 Solo
with alison
alisonk 02/Sep/10 Solo
with Dave
Dave Foster ?/Sep/10 -
with Laura, Elena, Ross, Sandra
zoeimogen 15/Aug/10 2nd dnf
syv_k 15/Aug/10 2nd dnf
Hidden 13/Aug/10 Solo
stevelismore 13/Aug/10 Solo
with James L
Hidden 08/Aug/10 -
arc_73 20/Jul/10 -
Trisha Murphy 19/Jul/10 -
jubolo 17/Jul/10 -

A fantastic VF route, recommended.

with batts, craig
LA Bradders 14/Jul/10 -


Hidden 14/Jul/10 -
Swamp murphy ?/Jul/10 -
with Beth
Elizabeth Noyes ?/Jul/10 -
seanyt ?/Jul/10 Solo
Swamp murphy ?/Jun/10 -
mick grim ??/2010 -
Hidden 07/Sep/09 -
Hidden ?/Sep/09 -
Hidden 23/Aug/09 Solo rpt
cas smerdon 12/Aug/09 -
Guy ?/Aug/09 -

Stunning route with the added bonus of the tunnels at the end. Take a torch!

with Pamela
Hidden 24/Jul/09 -
Hidden 24/Jul/09 -
pocketsarah 15/Jul/09 -

Hailstorm on first section! Sun came back out for the rest - but queues gone :)

Hidden 21/Sep/08 -
Hidden 10/Aug/08 -
Hidden 06/Aug/08 -
CathS 26/Jun/08 Lead O/S

One of the best VF's I've done. Cable car wasnt working though, so quite a long walk up, and a hell of a walk-off at the end. Got very sore feet in approach shoes - lost both big toenails later....

guy stabler ??/2008 -
Hidden 07/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Becky E 01/Sep/07 -

3rd time. Cable car running!

with Martin and Kenny
JulianD 27/Jul/07 Solo
with Ann
Hidden 18/Jul/07 -
Hidden ?/Jul/07 -
Hidden ?/Jul/07 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
johnjb 13/Sep/06 Solo O/S
with Tony B, Kieran B
Graham Iles 12/Sep/06 -

Walked in from Passo Pordoi.

with Jo
Chris the Tall 02/Sep/06 -

Did all the moves free, but blow the repoint by standing on a stemple in gully before finding a decent hold ! Ran down to Arabba in under 45 minutes

with Daz, Alan Selby, Liz, Alice Chaplin, India
IggyLiz 02/Sep/06 -
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Solo
Stuart Macfarlane 26/Jul/06 -
with Andy W
Martin Bennett 22/Jul/06 -
with Pete Llewellyn, Clive, Les Ward, AlanB, Jenny Tolley, Magi
runwildjohn 15/Jul/06 -
Chris the Tall 28/Aug/04 -

No problems this time

with Liz
texuspete 04/Aug/04 -
buxtoncoffeelover ?/Aug/04 Solo
IggyLiz ?/Aug/04 -
with Chris
Becky E ?/Jul/04 -

2nd time. Cable car not running this time either, so repeated the evil walk down.

with various
IggyLiz ?/Sep/03 -

Did not finish

with Chris
Chris the Tall 30/Aug/03 -

Did not finish, retreated at first exit point after Liz spotted a cloud - understandably nervous after the thunderstorm epic on Cristallo

with Liz
Hidden ?/Aug/03 -
Hidden ?/Jul/03 -
Becky E ?/Jul/03 -

1st time. No cable car. Murderous walk down the ski piste to Arabba.

with various
Chris the Tall 27/Aug/02 -

Done in dense fog, almost went wrong

Hidden ?/Aug/02 Solo O/S
Big Lee 09/Jul/02 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Jun/02 -
Hidden 07/Sep/92 -
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