Rockfax Description
This is an excellent via ferrata and one of the classics of the Cortina area. It offers good engaging climbing at a consistent grade interspersed by several strenuous walking sections along the scrubby terraces that split the face of Punta Fiames. A long airy ladder at three-quarter height provides the high point of the route and the summit offers superb views of Cortina and the surrounding area.
Approach - From Cortina, take the SS51 north in the direction of Dobbiaco. After 5km you will reach the village of Fiames. Park near the large Hotel Fiames found on the left, halfway through the village. Opposite the hotel, a track leads uphill into the woods. Soon this reaches a larger gravel track. Turn right onto the track and follow it for 100m until a smaller path leads off left again. This track should be signed towards the via ferrata. Continue following it steeply uphill crossing straight over another larger track that used to be the old railway line. The path eventually breaks out of the trees into scrubland. This in turn leads to a large scree fan which you follow to the base of the rock face and a memorial plaque. Here you make a sharp right following a large rising ledge in the direction of Cortina. After 10 minutes you will reach the end of the ledge and the start of the route which turns abruptly left up a shallow chimney, gear up here.
VF - Climb the chimney until you reach a ledge which you follow to the left. Climb vertically again before reaching another ledge which you follow leftwards. Another stint of vertical climbing brings you to a large scrubby terrace. Follow the path up right through the scrubs as it contours under the face until you come to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Cortina. The route now switches back hard left again up a short but steeper section of wall with a number of stemples for assistance.
At the top of this the path contours around a large gully with some huge jammed blocks to the base of the aforementioned ladder. Climb this (good exposure) to reach an enjoyable vertical section above. This brings you to yet another large terrace. Follow the path to the right again until you're at the final section of wire under the blunt arete. Easy climbing up this, passing another plaque on the way, leads to the end of the difficulties. Follow the path rightwards up to the summit of Punta Fiames (2240m) and a stunning view. The isolated summit of Col Rosa can be seen clearly to the northwest, home of the neighbouring via ferrata, Ettore Bovero.
Descent - Follow a well marked path that heads east starting high and contouring just under the various peaks of the group. After 10 minutes or so you traverse across an exposed section protected by a newly placed wire. Continue following the path contouring until you get to the saddle of Forcella del Pomagagnon situated at the top of a huge scree gully. Descend carefully down the gully being mindful of parties above and below you. After descending for several minutes the scree gets deeper and the going gets easier. The vague path down the gully is sporadically marked with paint and cairns. At the bottom look out for a small path branching off to the right, which contours back under the faces heading northwest. This eventually leads back to the old railway track. Follow this north before descending back into Fiames just past the football pitch and athletics track (there are numerous possible paths).
Alternatively, at the bottom of the main scree gully, it is possible to continue heading directly down the remaining scree following a dry stream bed on a vague path. This will again eventually deposit you onto the old railway track which you follow north back to Fiames. © Rockfax

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
Hidden 16 Oct, 2018 -
tiga271 4 Sep, 2018 -
with Lisa M, Dave
with Lisa M, Dave
Hidden 4 Sep, 2018 -
AndyCook 31 Aug, 2018 -
Anne_S 13 Aug, 2018 Lead O/S Easy day out. Very wet descent over the scree slope.
with Sean C, Craig, Giulia
Easy day out. Very wet descent over the scree slope.
with Sean C, Craig, Giulia
cymjt 12 Aug, 2018 Lead O/S Our first via ferrata - and quite a good one!
with Ellen Puddephatt
Our first via ferrata - and quite a good one!
with Ellen Puddephatt
tsl42 25 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
with Jacob Greenhow, Dammage
with Jacob Greenhow, Dammage
alaster tonge 7 Jul, 2018 -
Joecartmell 1 Jul, 2018 -
GogoYubari ?Jul, 2018 -
JemG ?Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
with Joe Cartmell, Elliot Fairhurst
with Joe Cartmell, Elliot Fairhurst
Lotti 12 Jun, 2018 -
Emmatravers 12 Jun, 2018 - Got to the top jst as the first thunderclap broke. The scree decent wore us out more than the climb itself
Got to the top jst as the first thunderclap broke. The scree decent wore us out more than the climb itself
Patrick Milne 1 Jun, 2018 -
with Claire Wever, Rasa Juras
with Claire Wever, Rasa Juras
jh1990 31 May, 2018 Lead O/S
AJWolfie 31 May, 2018 Solo
with jh1990
with jh1990
Pete_Stewart 27 May, 2018 -
Patrick Milne 27 May, 2018 -
betathief 15 Oct, 2017 -
Jessicacrump 15 Oct, 2017 -
BenedictIEP 18 Sep, 2017 -
Leleanor93 18 Sep, 2017 - My first via feratta, walked in from Cortina, had all the fun and got engaged at the summit! Then scary scree down.
My first via feratta, walked in from Cortina, had all the fun and got engaged at the summit! Then scary scree down.
hutchay 17 Sep, 2017 -
miriamclaire 17 Sep, 2017 -
funkyvin1 15 Sep, 2017 Lead O/S Climbed whole route on rock (bar the ladder and the few stemples above the ladder) which was great fun. Lots of polish and a bit of walking between sections but worth a day out, especially as you start and finish at a bar!
Climbed whole route on rock (bar the ladder and the few stemples above the ladder) which was great fun. Lots of polish and a bit of walking between sections but worth a day out, especially as you start and finish at a bar!
Karlos 11 Sep, 2017 -
bummingham 11 Sep, 2017 Solo rpt Repeat. Nice route, no real features, good views across Cortina. Scree surfing on the descent is fun. Started to rain at the base of the route, but then cleared up.
with Anta Misina, Julie Taylor, Karlos
Repeat. Nice route, no real features, good views across Cortina. Scree surfing on the descent is fun. Started to rain at the base of the route, but then cleared up.
with Anta Misina, Julie Taylor, Karlos
steveb2006 9 Sep, 2017 -
with Paul E
with Paul E
Connolly8684 8 Sep, 2017 -
mocoso 8 Sep, 2017 - A really lovely start to a weekend of via ferrata with a good climbing to hiking ration. It just gets steeper and steeper as you go up so the views are brilliant. We set off around 1 and got back just after dark (7:15 or so).
A really lovely start to a weekend of via ferrata with a good climbing to hiking ration. It just gets steeper and steeper as you go up so the views are brilliant. We set off around 1 and got back just after dark (7:15 or so).
Martin Bennett 8 Sep, 2017 -
Tim Rodgers 4 Sep, 2017 -
Hanky ?Sep, 2017 - Great day out
with Dent crew
Great day out
with Dent crew
gsavell 29 Aug, 2017 -
Hidden 22 Aug, 2017 Solo
Andy England 22 Aug, 2017 Solo O/S
with Claire_Tippers, Ollie England
with Claire_Tippers, Ollie England
John Clinch (Ampthill) 20 Aug, 2017 - We really enjoyed this. yes there is quite alot of walking but it all adds upto a nice mountain day. An early start meant we were on top by 10:20 and only met one other pair who let us straight past
We really enjoyed this. yes there is quite alot of walking but it all adds upto a nice mountain day. An early start meant we were on top by 10:20 and only met one other pair who let us straight past
Jack_Clinch 20 Aug, 2017 -
Hidden 18 Aug, 2017 -
John Kelly 9 Aug, 2017 -
with Isobel and James
with Isobel and James
LittleJoRocks 4 Aug, 2017 2nd
with Theeni
with Theeni
GoodbyeTurtles 4 Aug, 2017 -
with Kate
with Kate
Theeni 4 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Aug, 2017 Lead
jussiupn 27 Jul, 2017 - Nice climbing. Exhausting down hill
with Harry Halonen, Paavo Kuosmanen, Junde
Nice climbing. Exhausting down hill
with Harry Halonen, Paavo Kuosmanen, Junde
KiranV 2 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S Too much walking, not enough ferrataing, some vertical sections had great climbing. Ferrata bits were interesting, got caught in traffic from a 25 strong group of Czechs
Too much walking, not enough ferrataing, some vertical sections had great climbing. Ferrata bits were interesting, got caught in traffic from a 25 strong group of Czechs
Ben Harper 22 Jun, 2017 -
marcb 22 Jun, 2017 -
steveg 22 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S Had the route to myself in glorious weather. Well polished but easy climbing and fine exposure with spectacular scree descent.
Had the route to myself in glorious weather. Well polished but easy climbing and fine exposure with spectacular scree descent.
Hidden 22 Jun, 2017 -
Woodiee 17 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S
with Ailsa Leslie, jimstanton
with Ailsa Leslie, jimstanton
adawson 15 Jun, 2017 -
duncanedgley 15 Jun, 2017 -
JonoDHawkins 15 Jun, 2017 -
Ashley King 15 Jun, 2017 - Amazing route. Some awesome exposure and cool moves. Not too challenging though.
Amazing route. Some awesome exposure and cool moves. Not too challenging though.
JulianD 5 Sep, 2016 Solo
Hidden 4 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
Steph Mitchell 31 Aug, 2016 -
David Stevens 31 Aug, 2016 -
gateaublaster 25 Aug, 2016 -
dpovey 23 Aug, 2016 -
with Geoff, Katie Smith
with Geoff, Katie Smith
Hidden 9 Aug, 2016 -
edjenkins 9 Aug, 2016 Lead
with helen.baldwin, Chris Bunce
with helen.baldwin, Chris Bunce
AndrewP 6 Aug, 2016 -
ashsleight 20 Jul, 2016 Lead Lead 4 Army
Lead 4 Army
ClareM.123 12 Jul, 2016 - Turned back due to thunder storm :(
Turned back due to thunder storm :(
Hidden 30 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
andy dunn 26 Sep, 2015 -
Claireybloomers 26 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 20 Sep, 2015 Solo O/S
Hidden 8 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden 6 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
bclifton 5 Sep, 2015 -
andyclimber 25 Aug, 2015 -
Andy Fielding 10 Aug, 2015 Solo
Hidden ?Aug, 2015 -
yossarian714 19 Jul, 2015 Lead O/S
with Rowan Ellwood
with Rowan Ellwood
john. e.r 6 Jul, 2015 Lead
Penygraig ?Jul, 2015 -
with Gwyn4
with Gwyn4
philmitch 29 Jun, 2015 -
PatrickEnglish 21 Jun, 2015 - First day of Exercise Italian Stallion
First day of Exercise Italian Stallion
rlade ??, 2015 -
Oujmik ?Oct, 2014 - Great route, yes there's a fair bit of walking, but there's decent amount of ferrata too and the setting is fantastic.
with Jyoti
Great route, yes there's a fair bit of walking, but there's decent amount of ferrata too and the setting is fantastic.
with Jyoti
Sean Martin 12 Sep, 2014 - Short easy sections and a lot of walking but a nice outing in all
Short easy sections and a lot of walking but a nice outing in all
Charlie Low 12 Sep, 2014 - Not worth the walk in. Way too many gaps between cables once reaching the ferrata.
with Sue Low
Not worth the walk in. Way too many gaps between cables once reaching the ferrata.
with Sue Low
Hidden 9 Sep, 2014 -
Celia Watson 9 Sep, 2014 -
Bradbury 1 Sep, 2014 - East side of valley overlooking Cortina to the South
with Malcolm Littley, Ricko Moore, Ben Littley
East side of valley overlooking Cortina to the South
with Malcolm Littley, Ricko Moore, Ben Littley
owen gibson 3 Aug, 2014 -
with CJoyce
with CJoyce
Hidden 3 Aug, 2014 -
Jack jk 3 Aug, 2014 -
with CJoyce
with CJoyce
tomdawson4 27 Jul, 2014 -
vix 17 Jul, 2014 - Stuck behind very slow group for the first part
Stuck behind very slow group for the first part
efrance24234 16 Jul, 2014 Solo O/S
with beth-h
with beth-h
Tim Harper 16 Jul, 2014 -
bummingham 11 Jul, 2014 Solo O/S Nice route. First VF.
with Harriet Stewart, Stewart Moodie, Karlos, TomGB
Nice route. First VF.
with Harriet Stewart, Stewart Moodie, Karlos, TomGB
TomGB 11 Jul, 2014 - Good fun, nice summit at the end. Finished along the Terza Cengia which was poor and not worth doing.
with Stewart Moody, bummingham
Good fun, nice summit at the end. Finished along the Terza Cengia which was poor and not worth doing.
with Stewart Moody, bummingham
kb273 26 Jun, 2014 -
clarky_two ??, 2014 -
Hidden 21 Sep, 2013 -
climberuk 17 Sep, 2013 -
with niallk
with niallk
niallk 17 Sep, 2013 - After snowfall the night prior. First Via Ferrata.
with climberuk, Pam
After snowfall the night prior. First Via Ferrata.
with climberuk, Pam
Hidden 17 Sep, 2013 AltLd
Hidden 7 Sep, 2013 -
Hidden 30 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 30 Aug, 2013 Solo O/S
ClareHowes90 14 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 14 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 14 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 10 Aug, 2013 -
John H Bull (tcfka Bullybones) 3 Aug, 2013 -
heathergotrumbled 15 Jul, 2013 -
Hidden 15 Jul, 2013 Solo
s.tietz 15 Jul, 2013 Solo O/S My first via ferrata. Excellent fun.
My first via ferrata. Excellent fun.
MJH 15 Jul, 2013 -
with Stephan, Heather, Mark Stitson
with Stephan, Heather, Mark Stitson
Hidden 7 Jul, 2013 -
Fiona Reid 7 Jul, 2013 - Too many gaps between the cabled sections. Finished along VF Terza Cengia
Too many gaps between the cabled sections. Finished along VF Terza Cengia
jhobbs 4 Jul, 2013 -
with Harvdog
with Harvdog
Harvdog 4 Jul, 2013 -
with jhobbs
with jhobbs
Hidden 27 Jun, 2013 -
Hidden 12 Aug, 2012 -
Hidden 12 Aug, 2012 -
Hidden 26 Jul, 2012 -
johnpuddephatt 25 Jul, 2012 Lead
Hidden 25 Jul, 2012 -
Will Hunt 23 Jul, 2012 - Easy enough without rungs for aid.
with Rosie Cole, Halla Parkin, johnpuddephatt, dunnyg, matt_ringrose
Easy enough without rungs for aid.
with Rosie Cole, Halla Parkin, johnpuddephatt, dunnyg, matt_ringrose
jhobbs 15 Jul, 2012 -
tmelrose 15 Jul, 2012 Solo
with jhobbs
with jhobbs
Hidden 26 Jun, 2012 -
noteviljoe 24 Jun, 2012 -
HannahFrancis ?Jun, 2012 -
Nick_Merriman ?Jun, 2012 Lead O/S Great rest day! Invented Screeing =p
with NTU
Great rest day! Invented Screeing =p
with NTU
Hidden 23 Sep, 2011 -
Hidden 17 Sep, 2011 -
JulianD 4 Sep, 2011 Solo grey and wet, thunderstorm finish
with Paul B, David H
grey and wet, thunderstorm finish
with Paul B, David H
Ellie79 20 Aug, 2011 -
with Andy Odger, Miles Doughty, Katie H
with Andy Odger, Miles Doughty, Katie H
Hidden 16 Aug, 2011 -
alexpattillo 25 Jul, 2011 Solo O/S
with rch3l
with rch3l
Hidden 19 Jul, 2011 Solo
aennis 30 Jun, 2011 -
with Colm Ennis
with Colm Ennis
colenn 30 Jun, 2011 -
with aennis
with aennis
Hidden 28 Jun, 2011 -
Hidden 20 Jun, 2011 Lead O/S
rch3l ?Jun, 2011 Solo Did this route loads, got my armntrapped under a fallen boulder, lost my watch and a trip to hospital
Did this route loads, got my armntrapped under a fallen boulder, lost my watch and a trip to hospital
moviti ?May, 2011 -
Griff87 ?May, 2011 -
Little AndyH ??, 2011 Lead O/S
with Camilla West
with Camilla West
Hidden ??, 2011 -
RM199 ??, 2011 Solo O/S
with Hannah Moulton
with Hannah Moulton
Simon Preuss ?Nov, 2010 - A good day, though reached the summit as the sun dipped below the horizon, meaning finding our way through thigh deep snow across to the top of the scree gulley in a hurry before the light went..
A good day, though reached the summit as the sun dipped below the horizon, meaning finding our way through thigh deep snow across to the top of the scree gulley in a hurry before the light went..
arc_73 18 Jul, 2010 -
jubolo 18 Jul, 2010 - The scree slope descent made this VF, a right scream.
with batts, craig
The scree slope descent made this VF, a right scream.
with batts, craig
Hidden 21 Jun, 2010 -
David Walker 18 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
with MariaT
with MariaT
MariaT 18 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
Hidden 12 Jun, 2010 -
AxelF ?Jun, 2010 - A great VF but a thigh-burning scree descent!
with Jeff Ashton
A great VF but a thigh-burning scree descent!
with Jeff Ashton
Hidden 3 Sep, 2009 -
Hidden ?Sep, 2009 -
Hidden ?Aug, 2009 -
Hidden 17 Jul, 2009 -
monkeytennis ?Jun, 2009 Lead O/S
Dunx ??, 2009 -
Hidden 11 Sep, 2008 -
Hidden 3 Sep, 2008 -
Hidden 3 Sep, 2008 -
Hidden ?Sep, 2008 -
ellentaylor 26 Aug, 2008 - in descent, in dark + rain.
with Ollie & Adam
in descent, in dark + rain.
with Ollie & Adam
31770 26 Aug, 2008 - Decent from top of climb after dark
Decent from top of climb after dark
Hidden 26 Aug, 2008 -
Hidden 20 Aug, 2008 -
andrewbooth1000 6 Jul, 2008 -
with Rob & Mark
with Rob & Mark
jcj ??, 2008 -
CathS 2 Sep, 2007 Lead O/S A nice long route with a good summit. Enjoyed the long walk-out too.
A nice long route with a good summit. Enjoyed the long walk-out too.
Monk ?Sep, 2007 -
Protheroe 11 Aug, 2007 -
with Dave Radley
with Dave Radley
Bristoldave ??, 2007 - done as descent from S face normal route
done as descent from S face normal route
Chris the Tall 31 Aug, 2006 -
with Liz and assorted minions
with Liz and assorted minions
IggyLiz 31 Aug, 2006 -
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
Hidden ?Aug, 2006 Lead
Hidden 9 Jul, 2006 -
AsleepOnBelay 7 Jul, 2006 - Lovely route. Alternates steep walking & climbing. Bang on 3B. Adjoining gully is breathtaking & final 300m scree run is daft fun. The ladder is fine, better than described in the book.
with Sarah Davis
Lovely route. Alternates steep walking & climbing. Bang on 3B. Adjoining gully is breathtaking & final 300m scree run is daft fun. The ladder is fine, better than described in the book.
with Sarah Davis
Hidden ?Jul, 2006 -
Hidden ?Jul, 2006 -
Graeme Hammond 23 Aug, 2005 -
Toerag ?Jul, 2005 -
with Samantha Woolcombe
with Samantha Woolcombe
Hidden 25 Jun, 2002 -
matthewjbellamy ?Apr, 2002 -
Chris the Tall 11 Sep, 2001 - Great route and a fun day out, culminating in a scree race (Sam won, but not by much). Blissfully unaware of world events until we entered cafe Peter
with Sam & Colletts
Great route and a fun day out, culminating in a scree race (Sam won, but not by much). Blissfully unaware of world events until we entered cafe Peter
with Sam & Colletts
dominic lee ?Aug, 2001 Solo 1.30 car to car. Great scree descent.
1.30 car to car. Great scree descent.
Stone Muppet ??, 2001 -
AG ??, 2001 -
Wayne S ??, 2000 -
abbeywall 2 Sep, 1999 -
with K
with K
Steve J P ?Jul, 1997 -
with JL, MG
with JL, MG
paulfordski 13 Jul, 1992 Lead O/S
with Mike Wood
with Mike Wood
davemhart 30 Jul, 1985 -
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