Rockfax Description
This is another excellent via ferrata located directly opposite the more famous Michielli Strobel. The route traverses the isolated and perfectly formed peak of Col Rosa, that has commanding views of the surrounding area. The approach to the start of the wire is long and strenuous, as is the descent. The ferrata itself is fairly short and stiff but has excellent climbing. The long approach does help keep the crowds away and is in itself very pleasant with fantastic views down into the Val di Fanes and across to the three Tofanas.
Approach - From Cortina, take the SS51 north in the direction of Dobbiaco. After 4km, just before you reach the village of Fiames, take the small left turning signed to 'Camping Olympia'. Park just after crossing the bridge in the spaces available outside the campsite, opposite a small park. Be careful not to obstruct the entrance to the campsite itself.
From the car park, take the large path 417 which runs parallel to the campsite. Follow the undulating track for 1km before turning left onto path 408 which begins zig-zagging steeply uphill. After roughly 1 hour 15 mins you reach a crossroads at Passo Posporcora. Take the small path on the right, signed to the via ferrata, which continues steeply uphill in a northerly direction. After several minutes the path breaks out of the trees and you get splendid views across to the Tofanas and down the deep Fanes Valley. Passing numerous war remains and gun emplacements the path switches back numerous times with small sections of cable for protection. The path finally contours under the southwest flank of Col Rosa passing a plaque to the start of the via ferrata on the right.
VF - The wire begins fairly steeply and is quite challenging. After a time you reach a fantastic arete and traverse in an excellent position. Continue up a second blunt arete followed be easier ground until you reach a wide shrub-covered shoulder just beneath the main summit of Col Rosa. Follow a good path directly ahead that leads to a series of stemples. Climb these to the top of the route. The summit is 10m or so to your right and marked with a large cross. Whilst enjoying the superb 360 degree views don't forget to fill in the summit book.
Descent - Follow path 447 down the north flank of Col Rosa. After 10 minutes or so of descent the path swings sharply east and passes through some old war time buildings. Take care not to continue going down too far north as you end up in no man's land. The track continues zig-zagging steeply downhill until it reaches the 417 track again. Follow this southwards back to the campsite. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A long walk in but definently worth it. Fantastic climbing leads to the summit.

Height gain: 900m
Wire length: 300m

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Logged Ascents

User Date Style Notes & Partners
Duffyrm 31 Jul - Did it alone starting at 7am 4 hrs back to the car lovely morning
Did it alone starting at 7am 4 hrs back to the car lovely morning
helehan 18 Jul - Up and down from the campsite in 4h15, keeping a good pace. It’s a steep walk in and a steep walk down, and the route itself is polished in places and quite stiff for the grade. Summit panoramas were worth it though!
Up and down from the campsite in 4h15, keeping a good pace. It’s a steep walk in and a steep walk down, and the route itself is polished in places and quite stiff for the grade. Summit panoramas were worth it though!
Hidden 15 Jul -
Izy 6 Sep, 2018 -
with Mark Peel
with Mark Peel
Hidden 3 Sep, 2018 -
tsl42 25 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
with Dammage
with Dammage
Hidden 23 Jul, 2018 -
alaster tonge 10 Jul, 2018 -
jh1990 1 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S
Niall13 31 May, 2018 Lead O/S First Via Ferratta
First Via Ferratta
Patrick Milne 31 May, 2018 -
with Niall Swanwick
with Niall Swanwick
Leleanor93 26 Sep, 2017 - Some rather exciting moves and a tough walk in but SO MUCH FUN!
Some rather exciting moves and a tough walk in but SO MUCH FUN!
BenedictIEP 26 Sep, 2017 -
steveb2006 11 Sep, 2017 -
with Paul E
with Paul E
funkyvin1 11 Sep, 2017 Lead O/S
five 7 Sep, 2017 AltLd O/S Nice clmb, but a lot of work to get up and down again. Rockfax picture diagram is misleading as to the exact location of the VF and the approach on the SE face above the col. A lot more walking than expected before reaching the real wire. But it was easy to follow the route with all the paint and signs.
with ALA
Nice clmb, but a lot of work to get up and down again. Rockfax picture diagram is misleading as to the exact location of the VF and the approach on the SE face above the col. A lot more walking than expected before reaching the real wire. But it was easy to follow the route with all the paint and signs.
with ALA
Hanky ?Sep, 2017 - First one of the bunch with Dent crew
with Dent crew
First one of the bunch with Dent crew
with Dent crew
John Clinch (Ampthill) 22 Aug, 2017 - Another great day out in the Dolomites. We started by going upto the Via Ferrata behind the water fall (Cascade de Fanes). This was broke up the approach a bit, but its till quite alot of up to get to the wire. This combined with a late start meant we only met on other group on the wire who let us pass. Great steep climbing in an impressive position, a good summit and an amenable descent meant it was another good day out
Another great day out in the Dolomites. We started by going upto the Via Ferrata behind the water fall (Cascade de Fanes). This was broke up the approach a bit, but its till quite alot of up to get to the wire. This combined with a late start meant we only met on other group on the wire who let us pass. Great steep climbing in an impressive position, a good summit and an amenable descent meant it was another good day out
Jack_Clinch 22 Aug, 2017 -
Hidden 17 Aug, 2017 -
GoodbyeTurtles 3 Aug, 2017 -
with Kate
with Kate
Hidden ?Aug, 2017 Lead
gav 27 Jul, 2017 - Got stuck behind a very slow group of 10+, so amused myself by not using the cables. Start is a lot further up the hill than you might imagine looking at it, but it's a tidy little route, if sadly a bit short. Little traverse in the middle is very nice.
Got stuck behind a very slow group of 10+, so amused myself by not using the cables. Start is a lot further up the hill than you might imagine looking at it, but it's a tidy little route, if sadly a bit short. Little traverse in the middle is very nice.
amaciejk 27 Jul, 2017 -
with gav
with gav
bummingham 28 May, 2017 Solo O/S 'A' team day. Long walk in and out. Quiet area. Had a magical mountain poo before setting off on the VF.
with Stewart Moodie, Julie Taylor, Karlos, TomGB
'A' team day. Long walk in and out. Quiet area. Had a magical mountain poo before setting off on the VF.
with Stewart Moodie, Julie Taylor, Karlos, TomGB
TomGB 28 May, 2017 Solo O/S Bit of a bastard of a slog in. VF itself very short, 45 mins maybe? Very nice summit though with great views
with Stewart Moody, Julie Taylor, Karlos, bummingham
Bit of a bastard of a slog in. VF itself very short, 45 mins maybe? Very nice summit though with great views
with Stewart Moody, Julie Taylor, Karlos, bummingham
Karlos 28 May, 2017 Solo Quite a long approach, but lovely position climbing up a sharp arete with big drop into a gully on your side. Reminded me of Cneifon Arete.
with Adam B, Muffin
Quite a long approach, but lovely position climbing up a sharp arete with big drop into a gully on your side. Reminded me of Cneifon Arete.
with Adam B, Muffin
steveleahy 10 Oct, 2016 Lead O/S
Hidden 10 Oct, 2016 2nd
Hidden 19 Sep, 2016 -
Giles Eperon 19 Sep, 2016 -
Charlie Eperon 19 Sep, 2016 -
Hidden 7 Sep, 2016 -
Hidden 26 Aug, 2016 -
edjenkins 26 Aug, 2016 -
with helen.baldwin, Chris Bunce
with helen.baldwin, Chris Bunce
Hidden 10 Jun, 2016 Lead
Hidden 10 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 2 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 22 Jul, 2015 -
Celia Watson 12 Sep, 2014 -
with Judith Brown
with Judith Brown
JulianD 11 Sep, 2014 Solo Fantastic VF up an arete climbing to the top of a conical peak overlooking Cortina
with Paul B, David H
Fantastic VF up an arete climbing to the top of a conical peak overlooking Cortina
with Paul B, David H
Bradbury 3 Sep, 2014 -
with Ben Littley
with Ben Littley
tomdawson4 1 Aug, 2014 -
Tim Harper 19 Jul, 2014 -
vix 16 Jul, 2014 - Best day of the trip, even though we didnt have enough water. Veiws from the top were amazing
Best day of the trip, even though we didnt have enough water. Veiws from the top were amazing
kb273 20 Jun, 2014 -
Hidden 7 Sep, 2013 -
Hidden 5 Aug, 2013 -
Ian JL 5 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 4 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 20 Jul, 2013 -
Hidden 20 Jul, 2013 -
jhobbs 6 Jul, 2013 -
with Harvdog
with Harvdog
Harvdog 6 Jul, 2013 -
with jhobbs
with jhobbs
Monkey_Alan 3 Sep, 2012 -
with Collett's Mountain Holidays, Simon Blanchflower
with Collett's Mountain Holidays, Simon Blanchflower
dancurrie ?Jul, 2012 Solo O/S
Hidden 9 Jun, 2012 -
Neil Metcalfe101 7 Jun, 2012 -
with Andy Beal, Lesley Beal, Loraine Rowan, Andy Odger
with Andy Beal, Lesley Beal, Loraine Rowan, Andy Odger
rch3l ??, 2012 - Done 5 - 6 times
Done 5 - 6 times
Hidden 24 Sep, 2011 -
Hidden 15 Aug, 2011 -
IamAJMiller 14 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S Long walk in, cracking route up the side of the mountain, didn't clip the stemples as it was an easy finish. The exposed traverse was superb, could've gone on forever!!
with rch3l
Long walk in, cracking route up the side of the mountain, didn't clip the stemples as it was an easy finish. The exposed traverse was superb, could've gone on forever!!
with rch3l
Hidden 17 Jul, 2011 -
Little AndyH ?Jun, 2011 -
moviti ?May, 2011 -
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Hidden 17 Jul, 2010 -
Hidden 22 Jun, 2010 -
David Walker 21 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
with MariaT
with MariaT
MariaT 21 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
Hidden 17 Jun, 2010 -
Hidden 10 Jun, 2010 -
SianR ?Jun, 2010 -
with Laura, Hannah & Emily
with Laura, Hannah & Emily
Hidden ?May, 2010 -
Hidden 1 Sep, 2009 -
Hidden 2 Aug, 2009 Lead dnf
Hidden ?Aug, 2009 -
Hidden 13 Jul, 2009 -
Dunx ?Jul, 2009 -
MartF ?Jul, 2009 Solo O/S
with Chris Phillips, Slim, Matt
with Chris Phillips, Slim, Matt
Hidden 17 Jun, 2009 -
monkeytennis ?Jun, 2009 Lead O/S
mcrtchly ?Jun, 2009 -
Hidden 5 Aug, 2008 -
Hidden 27 Jun, 2008 -
CathS 27 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S Start was hard for the grade. Widely spaced bolts and slack wires made it quite scary. The arete was fantastic! Felt more like I was rock climbing than on a VF.
Start was hard for the grade. Widely spaced bolts and slack wires made it quite scary. The arete was fantastic! Felt more like I was rock climbing than on a VF.
jcj ??, 2008 -
Becky E 7 Sep, 2007 - The walk in is more pleasant if you walk round the back (ie park north and walk south to the start of the route). Great climbing but you reach the top too quickly.
with Martin, Kenny and Wendy
The walk in is more pleasant if you walk round the back (ie park north and walk south to the start of the route). Great climbing but you reach the top too quickly.
with Martin, Kenny and Wendy
Hidden 19 Jul, 2007 -
Hidden 5 Jul, 2007 -
KeithW 18 Aug, 2006 Lead O/S with Corky & Matt too. Weather OK for a change.
with Tom Coulthard
with Corky & Matt too. Weather OK for a change.
with Tom Coulthard
Andy Clarke 6 Aug, 2006 - Very good day out. Walk in and out quite long, but interesting.
with MikeW
Very good day out. Walk in and out quite long, but interesting.
with MikeW
Hidden 11 Jul, 2006 -
AsleepOnBelay 2 Jul, 2006 - Stunning Route. Hard (strenuous) for a 3B VF, but just gorgeous. Solid rock, exposed situation, beautiful arete. One hell of an approach, or maybe that was just the weather.
with Sarah Davis
Stunning Route. Hard (strenuous) for a 3B VF, but just gorgeous. Solid rock, exposed situation, beautiful arete. One hell of an approach, or maybe that was just the weather.
with Sarah Davis
Hidden ?Jul, 2006 -
riddle ?Jun, 2006 AltLd
with Tom, Tom & Camilla
with Tom, Tom & Camilla
Hidden ?Sep, 2005 -
Toerag ?Jul, 2005 -
with Samantha Woolcombe
with Samantha Woolcombe
dominic lee 31 Jul, 2004 Lead One of Nats first vf's.
One of Nats first vf's.
sam coward ?Jul, 2003 -
with Helen
with Helen
ElShalimo ?Sep, 2002 -
Martin Bennett 31 Jul, 2002 -
with Jenny Tolley, MT
with Jenny Tolley, MT
AG ??, 2001 -
MJH ?Aug, 2000 Solo
abbeywall 30 Aug, 1999 -
with K
with K
Steve J P ?Jul, 1997 -
with JL, MG
with JL, MG
davemhart 29 Jul, 1985 -
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