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. As you get towards the top of the grass rib, the path branches off left and heads towards a loose looking gully. It is easy to go too far here which brings you to the via ferrata descent route, so keep an eye out for the red circles on the rock which mark the correct way. 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 very 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

lynx0907 11/Aug/17 Lead O/S
with GG
wheelsucker 10/Aug/17 Lead O/S
rossunitt 09/Aug/17 -
with Anna
Hidden ?/Aug/17 -
SophieYasmin ?/Aug/17 -
with Z Roberts, M Roberts
Theeni 31/Jul/17 Lead O/S
with Jo
LittleJoRocks 31/Jul/17 2nd
with Theeni
Hidden 26/Jul/17 Lead O/S
jpksalmon 16/Jul/17 -
with Paul
Paul1 16/Jul/17 -
with Jon
Ben Harper 19/Jun/17 -
Hidden 18/Jun/17 -
marcb 18/Jun/17 -
dorman 08/Jun/17 -
with Emily
bandersnatch ?/Jun/17 Lead
with Brodie
steveleahy 03/Oct/16 Lead O/S

1st via ferrata ever, amazing

with Bec
Hidden 03/Oct/16 2nd
Oujmik 24/Sep/16 -

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/16 -
with T. Robinson, M. Moore, T. Nixon
joeydurkin 06/Sep/16 -
with Jen
davelongbottom 28/Aug/16 -
with Cathy
AndreaPeintner 27/Aug/16 -
with Molly, Ekatherina
Steph Mitchell 26/Aug/16 -
David Stevens 26/Aug/16 -
mollymcleod 24/Aug/16 -
with Andrea Peintner, Ekaterina
dan tipper 20/Aug/16 -
tobydunford 17/Aug/16 Solo O/S
with Simon Thursz
Matt88 08/Aug/16 -
A Crook 06/Aug/16 Solo O/S

Heidi's first real ferrata. Great little route that has a bit of sting in the tail if you want to visit the true summit. recommended for a starter

with Heidi Crook
JediClimber 03/Aug/16 2nd
Hidden 03/Aug/16 Lead
philgladstone 02/Aug/16 -
with Ben
NebHappyrock 02/Aug/16 -

Sandro pertini gone :( 3rd ascent

with Phil
Neil Williams 31/Jul/16 -

Bit scary as the first one in a while, bad weather.

with Rowan, Emma, Austen, Pip, Tom D
Hidden 29/Jul/16 -
jussiupn 26/Jul/16 -

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
bingofuel 13/Jul/16 -
Hidden 12/Jul/16 -
ned_85 09/Jul/16 Solo
Celia Watson 01/Jul/16 -
Hidden 01/Jul/16 -
David Walker 22/Sep/15 Solo O/S

Our 2nd choice, as the first VF had been removed. Was a bit cloudy, but fun.

with Maria
Hidden 04/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Penygraig ?/Sep/15 Lead
with Gwyn4
alan.rodger 22/Aug/15 Solo
phil27uk ?/Aug/15 -

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/15 -
yelotango ?/Jul/15 -
timmyhobby 28/Jun/15 -
purplemushroom 25/Sep/14 -
shelbymcb ?/Sep/14 -
with mike
maxsmith 13/Aug/14 -

sporty little vf, good fun and quick walk in

jussiupn 16/Jul/14 -

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/14 -

Nice little introduction

with Callan
vix 09/Jul/14 -

In the snow

with Lorna
Mike-W-99 08/Jul/14 -

Good wet weather option. Short but entertaining.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 08/Jul/14 -

Good value for the grade. Quite fun, probably has quite good views from the top too but we did this in the cloud/rain!

with Mike
GilesR ?/Jul/14 -

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/14 -
with Dave
NickyC 17/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with Zain Karim
Hidden 06/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Christian_S85 05/Jun/14 2nd O/S
chris skipton ?/Jun/14 Lead O/S

A short VF. Annie's first and much enjoyed.

with annie
pimpy 01/Sep/13 -
Bullybones 09/Aug/13 -
Ian Miller 05/Aug/13 -
Cheese Monkey 05/Aug/13 -
with Ian M
Hidden 26/Jul/13 -
vikx85 22/Jul/13 -
brianrunner 19/Jul/13 Solo

popped up in the evening after arriving in the dolomites and pitching the tent at corvara. Recommended short scramble!

with martina
simonvm ?/Jul/13 -
Fentonio 30/Jun/13 -
with Torben Fogh, Ben Brady
jussiupn 29/Jun/13 -

Very nice short ferrata with easy access. This time it was snowing

with Junde
loungerr 20/Jun/13 -
Hidden 16/Mar/13 -
Hidden 09/Jan/13 -
Hidden 20/Dec/12 Solo dnf
Hidden 12/Sep/12 Solo
lucyh 02/Sep/12 -
Monkey_Alan 01/Sep/12 -
with Simon Blanchflower
Hidden 13/Aug/12 -
Hidden 30/Jul/12 -
Hidden 02/Jul/12 -
Neil Metcalfe101 08/Jun/12 -
with Andy Beal, Lesley Beal, Loraine Rowan, Andy Odger
Clee 12/Sep/11 -
with Anna, Tom
markriddington 11/Sep/11 -
with Beth Bennett
alexpattillo 22/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Headjamm 09/Jul/11 -
with Geoffers
Geoffers 07/Jul/11 -
with Lauren
Hidden 01/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 13/Jun/11 -
rch3l ?/May/11 Solo

Beginner vf for guests, done about 100 times

Griff87 ??/2011 -
Hidden 06/Sep/10 -
Rampikino 21/Aug/10 Solo

Good fun and well equipped.

with Cat
syv_k 16/Aug/10 -
zoeimogen 14/Aug/10 -
sarahlizzy ?/Aug/10 -

Quick and easy but with some exposure and nice views. Busy!

with Zoe, Syv
Hidden 11/Jun/10 -
sam coward 14/Aug/09 -
with Helen
Dunx ?/Jul/09 -
Hidden 25/May/09 -
Hidden 09/Aug/08 -
Hidden 04/Aug/08 -
jcj ??/2008 -
guy stabler ??/2008 -
Allan Young 11/Sep/07 Solo O/S
with Steve Graham
Hidden ?/Aug/07 -
Hidden 11/Jul/07 -
IggyLiz 28/Sep/06 -
with Chris, Alan, Alice, Daz & India
Chris the Tall 28/Aug/06 -
with Liz and assorted minions
JulianD 30/Jul/06 -
with Ann
Martin Bennett 24/Jul/06 -
with Magi
Hidden 07/Jul/06 -
trincee ?/Jul/05 -
Hidden ?/Jun/04 -
buxtoncoffeelover ?/Jul/03 Solo
johnjb 05/Aug/02 Solo O/S
with Kieran B
Hidden ?/Aug/02 Solo O/S
Chris the Tall 10/Sep/01 -

Liz's first VF

with Liz
IggyLiz 10/Sep/01 -
with Chris
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