Rockfax Description
Small but perfectly formed, via ferrata Averau is a justifiably popular excursion for families and ferrata enthusiasts. The route is largely without difficulties - perhaps the hardest part being avoiding the oncoming traffic. Although perhaps not the most exciting ferrata, it is not without interest and leads to a fantastic summit with commanding views over much of the Dolomites. There are some sections of loose scree between cables, so be aware of other climbers around you. Apart from one small section, the route is reversed entirely on the descent.
The route is often combined with Ferrata Gusela, a short protected path which ascends the southeast side of Nuvolau.
Approach - From the Cinque Torri lift, or the access track to the towers, ascend path 439 - a good vehicle track which leads directly to Rifugio Averau. Alternatively, from Rifugio Fedare take the chair which deposits you directly by Rifugio Averau, or walk up another good vehicle track, marked 464. From the Giau Pass itself, follow the scenic path 452 to join the vehicle track just below the saddle.
From Rifugio Averau, follow a path to the north, following a small wooden sign for 'Ferrata Averau'. This contours over scree around the base of the face to reach the start of the wire.
VF - The route begins in a small gully with vertical but straightforward climbing. Continue easily to reach a fork in the wire. The right-hand fork (a short technical face) is the best way up, with the left-hand fork (a narrow chimney) taken on the descent to avoid bottlenecking. Continue up the right-hand fork which leads vertically then follow a ledge rightwards. Another vertical section leads to a gully which is followed to the right to exit onto a shoulder. From here, follow the cairned path over scree with a few larger steps for about 15 minutes, until some final switchbacks lead to the flat summit plateau and the cross. The views from the summit are spectacular, stretching over to Civetta, Pelmo, the Pala Dolomites and the nearby Lagazuoi and Tofana ranges.
Descent - Retrace the route in its entirety. Where the via ferrata wire splits it is usual to take the right fork (looking down) descending through a narrow chimney. This however is usually dependant on the traffic moving in the opposite direction and most times you just have to go with the flow. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Only a short section of VF, but has a split route (chimney & face) for interest. Unprotected scree based upper slopes trickiest part! Great views from the top.

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
Glyn Davidson 1 Nov, 2018 Solo O/S In full winter conditions. Got tot he top of the via ferrata but didn't make the summit as cutting trail through the snow was taking far, far too long
In full winter conditions. Got tot he top of the via ferrata but didn't make the summit as cutting trail through the snow was taking far, far too long
Hidden 19 Oct, 2018 -
john.currie 25 Sep, 2018 - Beautiful sunset across toward the Marmolada glacier
Beautiful sunset across toward the Marmolada glacier
JohnBotham 20 Sep, 2018 -
Hidden 20 Sep, 2018 Lead
Hidden 20 Sep, 2018 -
PatrickBoothroyd 10 Sep, 2018 AltLd O/S
with NigelBoothroyd
with NigelBoothroyd
Ross Philpot 7 Sep, 2018 -
Hidden 5 Sep, 2018 -
isandyharper 4 Sep, 2018 -
tiga271 3 Sep, 2018 -
with Dave
with Dave
Emhewson 3 Sep, 2018 -
Hidden 13 Aug, 2018 Solo O/S
Michael Hellyer 27 Jul, 2018 - First Via Ferrata! Great little route with stunning views from the summit cross. Best part was the descent through the chimney. We also chose a scramble to the left of the path to the summit from the end of the cableway.
First Via Ferrata! Great little route with stunning views from the summit cross. Best part was the descent through the chimney. We also chose a scramble to the left of the path to the summit from the end of the cableway.
Leanne Smith 27 Jul, 2018 -
Tim Rodgers 19 Jul, 2018 -
with Andrea
with Andrea
Hidden 13 Jul, 2018 -
Lotti 11 Jun, 2018 -
Emmatravers 10 Jun, 2018 -
BenedictIEP 25 Sep, 2017 -
Leleanor93 25 Sep, 2017 - Didn't manage the last few meters to the summit due to poor conditions but completed and reversed the via feratta section. Jolly good fun though glad we started as early as we did: the queue was building as we got to the bottom!
Didn't manage the last few meters to the summit due to poor conditions but completed and reversed the via feratta section. Jolly good fun though glad we started as early as we did: the queue was building as we got to the bottom!
David Walker 16 Sep, 2017 Solo O/S
Hidden 16 Sep, 2017 Solo O/S
MariaT 16 Sep, 2017 Solo O/S In cloud. Descended via Cinque Torre and the museum route to glorious sunshine.
In cloud. Descended via Cinque Torre and the museum route to glorious sunshine.
dpiddock 16 Sep, 2017 Solo O/S Cloud on the route. Couldn't see anything from the top.
Cloud on the route. Couldn't see anything from the top.
Martin Bennett 4 Sep, 2017 - In descent
with Kim Miller
In descent
with Kim Miller
gsavell 3 Sep, 2017 -
Hidden 10 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
steveg 13 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S
JulianD 6 Sep, 2016 -
Hog Dog 26 Aug, 2016 - Came down
Came down
jessieleong 24 Aug, 2016 Lead
with Emma Bryning
with Emma Bryning
Hidden 16 Aug, 2016 -
edjenkins 16 Aug, 2016 -
with Chris Bunce, helen.baldwin
with Chris Bunce, helen.baldwin
Tmgreenfield ?Aug, 2016 Lead
with Andy, Mark, Jenny
with Andy, Mark, Jenny
PawelP 25 Jul, 2016 Lead
farmus21 14 Jul, 2016 Solo
with samrad
with samrad
samrad 14 Jul, 2016 Solo climbed for the views from the top. was ace.
with james G
climbed for the views from the top. was ace.
with james G
gateaublaster ?Jul, 2016 - Summit at sunset.. Beautiful
Summit at sunset.. Beautiful
Mike Roger ??, 2016 -
Hidden 27 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
andyclimber 30 Aug, 2015 - Downclimbed after climbing Alvera
Downclimbed after climbing Alvera
Steve Lenartowicz 29 Aug, 2015 Solo in descent after climbing Alvera
with Clare
in descent after climbing Alvera
with Clare
Hidden 14 Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
Tim Harper 5 Aug, 2015 Solo O/S
yossarian714 23 Jul, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 1 Jul, 2015 -
Hidden ?Jul, 2015 -
Juan S 20 Jun, 2015 - Short VF. Harder than it should have been due to the cold - couldn't feel hands! Gorgeous views from the top.
Short VF. Harder than it should have been due to the cold - couldn't feel hands! Gorgeous views from the top.
Celia Watson 8 Sep, 2014 -
with Judith Brown
with Judith Brown
Hidden 6 Sep, 2014 -
Celia Watson 6 Sep, 2014 -
efrance24234 14 Jul, 2014 Solo O/S Our wet weather option
with beth-h
Our wet weather option
with beth-h
yelotango ??, 2014 Solo
Marq 1 Sep, 2013 Solo O/S
Hidden 1 Sep, 2013 -
Cheese Monkey 10 Aug, 2013 Solo Nice VF and a beautiful summit
Nice VF and a beautiful summit
jussiupn 3 Jul, 2013 - Nice short via ferrata.
with Junde
Nice short via ferrata.
with Junde
Monkey_Alan 2 Sep, 2012 -
with Simon Blanchflower
with Simon Blanchflower
zoeimogen 2 Aug, 2012 -
Hidden 1 Aug, 2012 -
JamesRich 29 Jul, 2012 - Up and down twice
with Paul Rich
Up and down twice
with Paul Rich
Griff87 ?Jul, 2011 -
Griff87 ?Jun, 2011 -
Hidden ?Jun, 2011 -
rch3l ?May, 2011 Solo
Hidden ??, 2011 -
RM199 ??, 2011 Solo
with Hannah Moulton
with Hannah Moulton
brianrunner 21 Sep, 2010 Solo short VF but worth doing for the great summit views
with martina
short VF but worth doing for the great summit views
with martina
Hidden 20 Sep, 2010 -
Hidden 22 Jul, 2010 -
Hidden 13 Jul, 2010 -
Hidden 22 Aug, 2009 -
Hidden ?Aug, 2009 Solo
MartF 22 Jul, 2009 Solo O/S Descent after climbing Alvera.
with Matt
Descent after climbing Alvera.
with Matt
Hidden 12 Jul, 2009 -
Sankey 3 Jul, 2009 - Descent
with Andy E
Descent
with Andy E
Hidden ?Sep, 2008 -
guy stabler ??, 2008 -
Allan Young 9 Sep, 2007 Solo O/S
with Steve Graham
with Steve Graham
Allan Young 9 Sep, 2007 Solo rpt Reversed
with Steve Graham
Reversed
with Steve Graham
JulianD 3 Aug, 2006 - fresh snow
with David H
fresh snow
with David H
buxtoncoffeelover ?Aug, 2006 Solo
runwildjohn 18 Jul, 2006 -
AsleepOnBelay ?Jul, 2006 -
with saya
with saya
Hidden ?Jul, 2006 -
Hidden ??, 2006 -
AsleepOnBelay ??, 2006 -
Iain Brown 30 Aug, 2000 - Descent of via ferrata in electrical storm with torrential rain after topping out on Alvera
with Dave
Descent of via ferrata in electrical storm with torrential rain after topping out on Alvera
with Dave
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