Rockfax Description
This classic via ferrata is most famous for the iconic suspension bridge used in the Cliffhanger film. Whilst the bridge, located a stone's throw away from the top station of the Staunies gondola, is invariably busy, the rest of the route is in a remote and beautiful environment. With the exception of the upper part surrounding the bridge there isn't a great deal of wire and much of the route can be considered an exposed ridge scramble through fascinating terrain with a good amount of war history.
The route can be done in either direction though it is arguably best done as an ascent from Rifugio Ospitale to the Staunies lift station. This way the route ends with the best sections of climbing and bridge crossing, but this approach is less popular because of the risk of missing the last lift down. Thus the more popular route from Forcella Staunies to Ospitale will be described here.
Approach - From Cortina, take the Tre Croci Pass (SS48 ) signed towards 'Misurina'. After 8km there is a large parking area on the right opposite the Rio Gere/Son Forca chairlift station. The usual approach is then via the two stage Rio Gere lift system. First the Rio Gere/Son Forca chairlift and then the Son Forca/Staunies gondola. The latter is an experience in itself, be careful getting on and off the lift.
For those not wanting to take the lifts it is possible to ascend on foot via path 206 and then 203 as far as Rifugio Son Forca. From here you have to hack up the large scree bowl directly under the Son Forca/Staunies gondola. This is not recommended; the walk isn't particularly scenic, there is just over 1200m of ascent before you even start the via ferrata and the final scree slope is arduous at best. Just pay the money, you'll be glad you did. The lifts normally open in late June and run until mid September. It is worth checking the exact lift opening times (which vary from season to season) with Rifugio Lorenzi or the Cortina tourist office.
VF - The ferrata starts directly from the top gondola station. Follow good signing to a ladder. Ascend this and pass through a short wartime tunnel to cross the iconic 30m suspension bridge. This leads to a pair of ladders that take you onto a broad ridge. Follow the ridge southwest, with spectacular views, descending the wire with aid of a ladder to reach Forcella Grande. Avoid the path leading off to 'Sentiero Ferrata Renato de Pol' to the north. Instead follow good waymarking for via ferrata Ivano Dibona and Ospitale down another ladder and onto a series of ledges. Traverse these northwestwards until you reach the old wartime barracks, 'Baracca Bivacco Buffa' situated at 2760m. Continue heading west along the well-marked route with sporadic protection until the route turns south to descend a scree gully. At the bottom of this the path forks and you turn right continuing for Ospitale.
The route then continues its descent to the northwest in an increasingly remote environment until you reach more war remains and buildings at Zurlon. Continue to Col di Stombi, a small peak that marks the end of the ridge-line with lovely views of the Val Padeon below. A final steep descent on switchbacks leads to a good track and the main road (SS51 ) on which Rifugio Ospitale is located.
Return - To return, take the Cortina Express, which runs hourly from Rifugio Ospitale to the main bus station in Cortina. From Cortina take the Dolomitibus to the Tre Croci Pass © Rockfax

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Manonlud 2 Aug Show βeta
βeta: 02/08/19 Son Forca lift, the second lift taking you up to refugio Lorenzi is closed, so is the refugio, leaving the only option to walk the 1200m scree or to do the route in reverse and come down the scree which is what we did.
 
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βeta: 02/08/19 Son Forca lift, the second lift taking you up to refugio Lorenzi is closed, so is the refugio, leaving the only option to walk the 1200m scree or to do the route in reverse and come down the scree which is what we did.
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KellieBakesFudge 1 Jul 2nd
Andy Waterhouse 1 Jul Lead O/S Warning - the lift to the top is closed and apparently been closed for 5 years, so you need to go back the route you came or go down a steep scree slope that’s probably a hard black in the ski season.
Warning - the lift to the top is closed and apparently been closed for 5 years, so you need to go back the route you came or go down a steep scree slope that’s probably a hard black in the ski season.
someonecalledtom 4 Sep, 2018 -
Hidden 31 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 23 Aug, 2017 Solo
Andy England 23 Aug, 2017 Solo
with Ollie England, Claire_Tippers
with Ollie England, Claire_Tippers
faye 4 Aug, 2017 Solo
with rosso
with rosso
rosso 4 Aug, 2017 Solo O/S From Rifugio Ospitale to Rifugio Lorenzi
with faye
From Rifugio Ospitale to Rifugio Lorenzi
with faye
Andyjharper 18 Jul, 2017 Solo Just went a few hundred meters to enjoy the bridge and tunnels
Just went a few hundred meters to enjoy the bridge and tunnels
LucaDF 3 Jul, 2017 -
with Alives
with Alives
Hidden ?Jul, 2017 -
Hidden ?Jul, 2017 -
Steph Mitchell 1 Sep, 2016 -
David Stevens 1 Sep, 2016 - First section past suspension bridge
First section past suspension bridge
SophieWalker 22 Aug, 2016 2nd
Michael Bonallie 22 Aug, 2016 Lead
with Iain Slinn, Aj Zein, SophieWalker, Emma Bryning
with Iain Slinn, Aj Zein, SophieWalker, Emma Bryning
tobyk 8 Aug, 2016 - This was going to be our rest day, but actually turned into a mini-epic. The lift to staunies was out of action so decided to slog up the scree. By the time we'd got to the top we didn't fancy going down the same way, so ended up doing most of Ivano Dibona, and missed the last cable car down. Got back to the car at 8pm...so much for a rest day!
with Emma Knights
This was going to be our rest day, but actually turned into a mini-epic. The lift to staunies was out of action so decided to slog up the scree. By the time we'd got to the top we didn't fancy going down the same way, so ended up doing most of Ivano Dibona, and missed the last cable car down. Got back to the car at 8pm...so much for a rest day!
with Emma Knights
Matthew Davies 6 Aug, 2016 - The gondola is no longer in operation so we had to hike 1200m to the summit up very loose scree to start the route.
The gondola is no longer in operation so we had to hike 1200m to the summit up very loose scree to start the route.
PilarMartinez 21 Jul, 2016 Solo
Julesthe1st 21 Jul, 2016 Solo O/S
with Robin, PilarMartinez
with Robin, PilarMartinez
steveg 20 Jul, 2016 - Only went as far as summit of M.Cristallino
Only went as far as summit of M.Cristallino
Hidden 16 Jul, 2016 -
ClareM.123 15 Jul, 2016 - Went along until just after the bridge after doing Marino Bianchi.
Went along until just after the bridge after doing Marino Bianchi.
A Jackson 3 Jul, 2016 -
with Neil Murphy
with Neil Murphy
Hidden 23 Jun, 2016 -
Martin Davies 23 Jun, 2016 - AMAZING! Full day out - brutal heat, walking off in 35C+ according to Suunto. Amazing views and panoramas. Just possible without using rope, again sections where cable buried but not too difficult to bypass.
with AdP
AMAZING! Full day out - brutal heat, walking off in 35C+ according to Suunto. Amazing views and panoramas. Just possible without using rope, again sections where cable buried but not too difficult to bypass.
with AdP
bclifton 6 Sep, 2015 -
Hidden ?Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 31 Aug, 2015 Solo O/S
kirky_p 28 Aug, 2015 -
IJHunt 27 Aug, 2015 Solo dnf Only went to the first summit on the extension route.
with Fiona
Only went to the first summit on the extension route.
with Fiona
Andy Fielding 11 Aug, 2015 Solo To the first two ladders and suspension bridge and back to the start.
To the first two ladders and suspension bridge and back to the start.
Hidden 7 Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
yelotango ?Aug, 2015 -
ali macphee 10 Jul, 2015 Solo
with Hilary
with Hilary
Penygraig ?Jul, 2015 -
with Gwyn4
with Gwyn4
PatrickEnglish 22 Jun, 2015 - From the Rifugio to the summit and then back. Also popped up to cross the bridge.
From the Rifugio to the summit and then back. Also popped up to cross the bridge.
Hidden 13 Sep, 2014 -
JulianD 8 Sep, 2014 Solo Lovely long ridge, ending down at Ospitale
with Paul B, David H
Lovely long ridge, ending down at Ospitale
with Paul B, David H
kirky_p 2 Sep, 2014 -
Hidden 21 Aug, 2014 -
jussiupn 16 Jul, 2014 - The best scenery of all my via ferratas. Easy access with skilift. We only went to highest point and returned to rifugio.
with Riku Pyyhti?, Jonna Pyyhti?, Paavo Kuosmanen, Panu Markkanen, Rauno Hakanen, Junde
The best scenery of all my via ferratas. Easy access with skilift. We only went to highest point and returned to rifugio.
with Riku Pyyhti?, Jonna Pyyhti?, Paavo Kuosmanen, Panu Markkanen, Rauno Hakanen, Junde
Hidden 8 Jun, 2014 Lead O/S
Hidden 8 Aug, 2013 -
brianrunner 5 Aug, 2013 Solo bus to lift station, took lift up and walked along ridge northwards to road, then bus back to cortina. this is a great varied route.
with steve wells, martina
bus to lift station, took lift up and walked along ridge northwards to road, then bus back to cortina. this is a great varied route.
with steve wells, martina
John H Bull (tcfka Bullybones) 2 Aug, 2013 - Just the first bit to (bridge, summit, descent off the back) from the lift station and back.
Just the first bit to (bridge, summit, descent off the back) from the lift station and back.
Hidden 18 Jul, 2013 -
Hidden 18 Jul, 2013 -
David Walker 10 Sep, 2012 Solo O/S Great day out with brilliant scenery, but the Via Ferrata was pretty much all in the first hour. More of a walk, protected in places after that!
Great day out with brilliant scenery, but the Via Ferrata was pretty much all in the first hour. More of a walk, protected in places after that!
dpiddock 10 Sep, 2012 Solo O/S
MariaT 10 Sep, 2012 Lead O/S
zoeimogen 9 Aug, 2012 - Just to the first summit
Just to the first summit
JamesRich 1 Aug, 2012 - Only up to the ladder immediately after the bridge and back
with Paul Rich
Only up to the ladder immediately after the bridge and back
with Paul Rich
jhobbs 17 Jul, 2012 -
tmelrose 17 Jul, 2012 Solo
with jhobbs
with jhobbs
Hidden 6 Sep, 2011 -
AndyMcCoy 22 Jul, 2011 -
Hidden 17 Sep, 2009 Solo
Hidden 17 Sep, 2009 Solo O/S
Hidden 10 Sep, 2009 -
Hidden 21 Aug, 2009 -
cas smerdon 15 Aug, 2009 -
jcj ??, 2009 -
Julie B 23 Jul, 2008 -
Joe Miller 23 Jul, 2008 - Just did last bit from refuge to summit.
with Julie B
Just did last bit from refuge to summit.
with Julie B
guy stabler ??, 2008 -
guy stabler ??, 2008 -
JulianD 1 Aug, 2006 -
with Ann
with Ann
andy tetsill ?Aug, 2006 - only as far as the summit then returned to rifuge Lorenzi Cort 6, Cicerone Via Ferratas Italian Dolomites vol 1
only as far as the summit then returned to rifuge Lorenzi Cort 6, Cicerone Via Ferratas Italian Dolomites vol 1
riddle ?Jun, 2006 AltLd stunning route, helped by a polish family who had a rope! survived a lightning storm. Long day but amazing route.
with Tom, Tom & Camilla
stunning route, helped by a polish family who had a rope! survived a lightning storm. Long day but amazing route.
with Tom, Tom & Camilla
Hidden ?Aug, 2005 Solo O/S
Toerag 13 Jul, 2005 - Did this one from the Hut all the way down to Ospitale.
with Samantha Woolcombe
Did this one from the Hut all the way down to Ospitale.
with Samantha Woolcombe
buxtoncoffeelover ?Aug, 2004 Solo
Chris the Tall 28 Aug, 2003 - Just went over the bridge and up to the summit
Just went over the bridge and up to the summit
sam coward 2 Aug, 2003 -
with Helen
with Helen
jamie ward 20 Jul, 2003 Lead O/S
with John Howes
with John Howes
matthewjbellamy ?Apr, 2002 -
abbeywall 31 Aug, 1999 -
with K
with K
Steve J P ?Jul, 1997 -
with JL, MG
with JL, MG
sims ??, 1990 -
freeheel47 ??, 1986 -
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