Rockfax Description
A short but interesting via ferrata that is ideal for those looking for a half day out or to try a via ferrata for the first time. Despite being relatively short in via ferrata terms, because it departs from the top of the Gardena Pass it still reaches an impressive height of 2500m. This gives you spectacular views into the Val de Chedul, across to the Sella and of the impressive nearby Sassolungo group. The ease of access contributes to the route's popularity and it can get quite busy in peak season. The summit is very small and it is often worth taking a long sling if the cable is particularly crowded. The rock quality is excellent and provides interesting climbing at a consistent level. The route can be combined with the nearby Gran Cir if you want a longer day (though from a climber's perspective Piz da Cir is far superior).
Approach - The car park is situated right at the top of the Gardena Pass, fairly equidistant between Corvara and Selva. When approaching from Corvara, park on the right (overflow car park on the left) just past Hotel Cir. In peak season the parking can get very busy and it may be necessary to park lower down the pass and walk up. There is a fee for parking.
From the car park the easiest line of ascent follows the large access track leading out from behind Hotel Cir. The access track leads all the way up to the top of the Dantercepies gondola which comes up out of Selva. It is also possible to follow any number of smaller and more direct paths which lead underneath the chairlift to the Dantercepies gondola station. The gondola runs during peak season (check dates at the tourist office) and can provide an easy means of access (albeit not a cheap one) if you're staying in Selva. Most parties gear up for the via ferrata below the station, over a coffee at the cafe if you so wish! From here a grassy rib leads up behind the large radio mast towards the rock face. Follow the eroded path following red paint on the rocks, eventually entering into a loose looking gully. Ascend the gully to its conclusion where a brief scramble up right leads to a ladder and the start of the via ferrata.
VF - Climb the ladder and follow the wire for some 80m with pleasant climbing on good rock. The wire ends at a small plateau below the summit with excellent views. Continue up easily to reach the final 10m section of wire above a small saddle directly below the small summit. Follow this to the top, watching out for people descending the wire.
Descent - Down climb the last brief section of wire to return to the saddle. From here another section of easy wire leads left down to a saddle and the large gully below. Follow the loose gully back down to the base of the route, taking care not to dislodge any rocks onto parties below. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Very popular as an introductory VF. 100m of VF leadind directly to summit at 2520m. Approach takes about 30 mins, the descent not much longer

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Stopsy 26 Jun Show βeta
βeta: Few differences compared to the RF description. On approach take the grassy rib and continue straight up the gully above to the start of the wire. Rockfax description of heading left seems misleading here. Wire continues from summit descending the other side to a col from which a short walk brings you to another section of wire leading down a loose gully. Either contour right (facing downhill) back to the grassy rib, or descend the scree fan on switchback path back toward the lift station.
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βeta: Few differences compared to the RF description. On approach take the grassy rib and continue straight up the gully above to the start of the wire. Rockfax description of heading left seems misleading here. Wire continues from summit descending the other side to a col from which a short walk brings you to another section of wire leading down a loose gully. Either contour right (facing downhill) back to the grassy rib, or descend the scree fan on switchback path back toward the lift station.
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Logged Ascents

User Date Style Notes & Partners
badgerjockey 20 Sep Solo Family friendly romp. As others, this was a plan B after going to do Sandro Pertini... Easy but nice views.
Family friendly romp. As others, this was a plan B after going to do Sandro Pertini... Easy but nice views.
Oscar Popels 20 Sep Solo Nice view, alpine chuffs on top.
Nice view, alpine chuffs on top.
Wyndcliff Wizard of the West 15 Sep -
Toolio 15 Sep Lead O/S
with COT
with COT
TommyKips 15 Sep -
edjenkins 11 Sep Solo
with jsboden
with jsboden
jsboden 11 Sep Solo
Hidden 3 Sep -
Audrey LeGrand 3 Sep -
with SJames
with SJames
Hidden 20 Aug -
Hidden 20 Aug -
Hidden 3 Aug -
Hidden 22 Jul -
VirginiaLaw10 16 Jul Lead O/S Great short VF! Takes about 3-3.5 hours car to car. Amazing scenery and views!
Great short VF! Takes about 3-3.5 hours car to car. Amazing scenery and views!
VirginiaLaw10 16 Jul Lead O/S Great short VF! Takes about 3-3.5 hours car to car. Amazing scenery and views!
Great short VF! Takes about 3-3.5 hours car to car. Amazing scenery and views!
mmmhumous 8 Jul - With Anna and Martin.
With Anna and Martin.
Hidden 3 Jul Solo
Handsforfeet 3 Jul Solo Plan B after walking in to do Sandro Pertini VF to find that it had been taken down
Plan B after walking in to do Sandro Pertini VF to find that it had been taken down
TheaSmea 24 Jun -
with Stopsy
with Stopsy
Stopsy 24 Jun -
Dilwat 24 Jun Solo O/S
with Elaine
with Elaine
Arthulbee 13 Jun -
OllyGibb 15 Jan -
with Charlie
with Charlie
steve-grigg 11 Oct, 2018 -
Hidden 2 Oct, 2018 Lead O/S
john.currie 22 Sep, 2018 - First Via Ferrata
First Via Ferrata
ClimbingLondoner 15 Sep, 2018 Lead
with Alison Bryne
with Alison Bryne
Chris Manasseh 7 Sep, 2018 - All free.
with John Armstrong
All free.
with John Armstrong
Alastair MacSween 28 Aug, 2018 Solo
ladislav 19 Aug, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Andy
with Andy
cragtyke 3 Aug, 2018 Solo Very easy, like a cable protected diff, fantastic views all round.
Very easy, like a cable protected diff, fantastic views all round.
Hidden 25 Jul, 2018 Solo
Hidden 10 Jul, 2018 -
grayscottage 4 Jul, 2018 -
with Teresa Broadhurst, Mike Broadhurst, andrea watson
with Teresa Broadhurst, Mike Broadhurst, andrea watson
adam6509 22 Jun, 2018 AltLd
with partz
with partz
Matthew Edwards 22 Jun, 2018 Solo
partz 22 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
jammy4536 14 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S First via ferrata but absolutely awesome. A great introduction to the dolomites!
First via ferrata but absolutely awesome. A great introduction to the dolomites!
someonecalledtom 1 Jun, 2018 -
Hidden 21 Aug, 2017 -
lynx0907 11 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
wheelsucker 10 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
rossunitt 9 Aug, 2017 -
zoe.louise94 ?Aug, 2017 -
with zetamgr
with zetamgr
zetamgr ?Aug, 2017 -
SophieYasmin ?Aug, 2017 -
with Z Roberts, zetamgr
with Z Roberts, zetamgr
Theeni 31 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
LittleJoRocks 31 Jul, 2017 2nd
with Theeni
with Theeni
Hidden 26 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
jpksalmon 16 Jul, 2017 -
with Paul1
with Paul1
Paul1 16 Jul, 2017 -
Hidden ?Jul, 2017 -
Ben Harper 19 Jun, 2017 -
Hidden 18 Jun, 2017 -
marcb 18 Jun, 2017 -
dorman 8 Jun, 2017 -
with Emily
with Emily
bandersnatch ?Jun, 2017 Lead
with Brodie
with Brodie
steveleahy 3 Oct, 2016 Lead O/S 1st via ferrata ever, amazing
1st via ferrata ever, amazing
Hidden 3 Oct, 2016 2nd
Oujmik 24 Sep, 2016 - Nice little route. Walk up to it is not as long as the 60min time in Rockfax suggests (at least 15 of that is pleasant scrambling to the start of the wire) and if you walk fast it's probably a lot less. The route itself is consistently interesting and amenable. Even the loose gully descent is not as bad as it looks and you're back down on the grassy hillside in no time.
with Jyoti
Nice little route. Walk up to it is not as long as the 60min time in Rockfax suggests (at least 15 of that is pleasant scrambling to the start of the wire) and if you walk fast it's probably a lot less. The route itself is consistently interesting and amenable. Even the loose gully descent is not as bad as it looks and you're back down on the grassy hillside in no time.
with Jyoti
howsthebeef 18 Sep, 2016 -
with T. Robinson, M. Moore, T. Nixon
with T. Robinson, M. Moore, T. Nixon
joeydurkin 6 Sep, 2016 -
with Jen
with Jen
davelongbottom 28 Aug, 2016 -
AndreaPeintner 27 Aug, 2016 -
with Molly, Ekatherina
with Molly, Ekatherina
Steph Mitchell 26 Aug, 2016 -
David Stevens 26 Aug, 2016 -
mollymcleod 24 Aug, 2016 -
with AndreaPeintner, Ekaterina
with AndreaPeintner, Ekaterina
dan tipper 20 Aug, 2016 -
tobydunford 17 Aug, 2016 Solo O/S
with Simon Thursz
with Simon Thursz
Matt88 8 Aug, 2016 -
Hidden 6 Aug, 2016 Solo O/S
JediClimber 3 Aug, 2016 2nd
Hidden 3 Aug, 2016 Lead
philgladstone 2 Aug, 2016 -
NebHappyrock 2 Aug, 2016 - Sandro pertini gone :( 3rd ascent
Sandro pertini gone :( 3rd ascent
Neil Williams 31 Jul, 2016 - Bit scary as the first one in a while, bad weather.
with Rowan, Emma, Austen, Pip, Tom D
Bit scary as the first one in a while, bad weather.
with Rowan, Emma, Austen, Pip, Tom D
Hidden 29 Jul, 2016 -
jussiupn 26 Jul, 2016 - Quick visit with good weather. Just in time before the skilift started to operate and rush hours started
with Jonna Pyyhti?, Milla Kinnunen, Jari Kinnunen, Junde
Quick visit with good weather. Just in time before the skilift started to operate and rush hours started
with Jonna Pyyhti?, Milla Kinnunen, Jari Kinnunen, Junde
Ricki 13 Jul, 2016 -
Hidden 12 Jul, 2016 -
ned_85 9 Jul, 2016 Solo
Celia Watson 1 Jul, 2016 -
Hidden 1 Jul, 2016 -
David Walker 22 Sep, 2015 Solo O/S Our 2nd choice, as the first VF had been removed. Was a bit cloudy, but fun.
with MariaT
Our 2nd choice, as the first VF had been removed. Was a bit cloudy, but fun.
with MariaT
Hidden 4 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
Penygraig ?Sep, 2015 Lead
with Gwyn4
with Gwyn4
Alan.rodger 22 Aug, 2015 Solo
phil27uk ?Aug, 2015 - Fist Via Feratta route. Good starter route with a little exposed top to sit on when you get to the top. Scree gully descent is the worst part.
Fist Via Feratta route. Good starter route with a little exposed top to sit on when you get to the top. Scree gully descent is the worst part.
Hidden ?Jul, 2015 -
yelotango ?Jul, 2015 -
timmyhobby 28 Jun, 2015 -
purplemushroom 25 Sep, 2014 -
shelbymcb ?Sep, 2014 -
maxsmith 13 Aug, 2014 - sporty little vf, good fun and quick walk in
sporty little vf, good fun and quick walk in
jussiupn 16 Jul, 2014 - Second time this ferrata. It's still very nice. Now lots of people and big queue
with Paavo Kuosmanen, Panu Markkanen, Rauno Hakanen, Junde
Second time this ferrata. It's still very nice. Now lots of people and big queue
with Paavo Kuosmanen, Panu Markkanen, Rauno Hakanen, Junde
katiep 11 Jul, 2014 - Nice little introduction
with callans
Nice little introduction
with callans
vix 9 Jul, 2014 - In the snow
In the snow
Hidden 8 Jul, 2014 -
Hidden 8 Jul, 2014 -
GilesR ?Jul, 2014 - First VF, attempted on a rainy day with much thunder. Turned back. Two days later came back and completed.
with Luca Nardini, Simon Lee
First VF, attempted on a rainy day with much thunder. Turned back. Two days later came back and completed.
with Luca Nardini, Simon Lee
anaesthetic 25 Jun, 2014 -
with Dave
with Dave
NickyC 17 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
with Zain Karim
with Zain Karim
Hidden 6 Jun, 2014 Lead O/S
Christian_S85 5 Jun, 2014 2nd O/S
chris skipton ?Jun, 2014 Lead O/S A short VF. Annie's first and much enjoyed.
with annie
A short VF. Annie's first and much enjoyed.
with annie
pimpy 1 Sep, 2013 -
swintona95 31 Aug, 2013 -
with Scott Swinton
with Scott Swinton
John H Bull (tcfka Bullybones) 9 Aug, 2013 -
Ian Miller 5 Aug, 2013 -
Cheese Monkey 5 Aug, 2013 -
Hidden 26 Jul, 2013 -
vikx85 22 Jul, 2013 -
brianrunner 19 Jul, 2013 Solo popped up in the evening after arriving in the dolomites and pitching the tent at corvara. Recommended short scramble!
with martina
popped up in the evening after arriving in the dolomites and pitching the tent at corvara. Recommended short scramble!
with martina
simonvm ?Jul, 2013 -
Fentonio 30 Jun, 2013 -
with Torben Fogh, Ben Brady
with Torben Fogh, Ben Brady
jussiupn 29 Jun, 2013 - Very nice short ferrata with easy access. This time it was snowing
with Junde
Very nice short ferrata with easy access. This time it was snowing
with Junde
loungerr 20 Jun, 2013 -
Hidden 16 Mar, 2013 -
Hidden 9 Jan, 2013 -
Hidden 20 Dec, 2012 Solo dnf
Hidden 12 Sep, 2012 Solo
lucyh 2 Sep, 2012 -
Monkey_Alan 1 Sep, 2012 -
with Simon Blanchflower
with Simon Blanchflower
Hidden 13 Aug, 2012 -
Hidden 30 Jul, 2012 -
Hidden 2 Jul, 2012 -
Neil Metcalfe101 8 Jun, 2012 -
with Andy Beal, Lesley Beal, Loraine Rowan, Andy Odger
with Andy Beal, Lesley Beal, Loraine Rowan, Andy Odger
Clee 12 Sep, 2011 -
with Anna, Tom
with Anna, Tom
markriddington 11 Sep, 2011 -
with Beth Bennett
with Beth Bennett
alexpattillo 22 Jul, 2011 Solo O/S
with rch3l
with rch3l
Headjamm 9 Jul, 2011 -
with Geoffers
with Geoffers
Geoffers 7 Jul, 2011 -
with Lauren
with Lauren
Hidden 1 Jul, 2011 2nd
Hidden 13 Jun, 2011 -
rch3l ?May, 2011 Solo Beginner vf for guests, done about 100 times
Beginner vf for guests, done about 100 times
Griff87 ??, 2011 -
Hidden 6 Sep, 2010 -
Rampikino 21 Aug, 2010 Solo Good fun and well equipped.
with Cat
Good fun and well equipped.
with Cat
syv_k 16 Aug, 2010 -
zoeimogen 14 Aug, 2010 -
sarahlizzy ?Aug, 2010 - Quick and easy but with some exposure and nice views. Busy!
Quick and easy but with some exposure and nice views. Busy!
Hidden 11 Jun, 2010 -
sam coward 14 Aug, 2009 -
with Helen
with Helen
Dunx ?Jul, 2009 -
Hidden 9 Aug, 2008 -
Hidden 4 Aug, 2008 -
jcj ??, 2008 -
guy stabler ??, 2008 -
Allan Young 11 Sep, 2007 Solo O/S
with Steve Graham
with Steve Graham
Hidden ?Aug, 2007 -
Hidden 11 Jul, 2007 -
IggyLiz 28 Sep, 2006 -
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
Chris the Tall 28 Aug, 2006 -
with Liz and assorted minions
with Liz and assorted minions
JulianD 30 Jul, 2006 -
with Ann
with Ann
Martin Bennett 24 Jul, 2006 -
with Magi
with Magi
Hidden 7 Jul, 2006 -
trincee ?Jul, 2005 -
Hidden ?Jun, 2004 -
buxtoncoffeelover ?Jul, 2003 Solo
johnjb 5 Aug, 2002 Solo O/S
with Kieran B
with Kieran B
Hidden ?Aug, 2002 Solo O/S
Chris the Tall 10 Sep, 2001 - Liz's first VF
with IggyLiz
Liz's first VF
with IggyLiz
IggyLiz 10 Sep, 2001 -
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