Rockfax Description
This is an excellent via ferrata offering some big exposure and dramatic situations at an amenable grade. It is often done in conjunction with an ascent of Roda di Vael to make a full mountain day and this is how it is described here. There are several possible escape routes for those wanting a shorter day. The via ferrata follows the Masare ridge-line which runs south from Roda di Vael. The route can be completed in either direction though south to north, culminating in the ascent of Roda di Vael itself, seems most popular and is described here.
Approach - The usual approach is via the Paolina chairlift which departs from Hotel Alpenrose on the outskirts of Carezza, just west of the top of the Costalunga Pass. The chairlift usually runs from mid June to early October. Carezza itself is famous for its nearby lake of the same name which is well worth a visit if you're in the area.
The Costalunga Pass (SS241 ) is easily accessed from the town of Vigo just south of Pozza in the Val di Fassa. Follow the road for 9km to the top and then descend the west side for another 1.5km. Park in any of the numerous car parks surrounding Hotel Alpenrose.
Take the Paolina chairlift to Rifugio Paolina and follow signs for 'Rifugio Roda di Vael', first on path 539 and then 549, to arrive at the rifugio in 40 minutes.
From Rifugio Roda di Vael, where the Masare ridge-line can clearly be seen to the west, follow signs towards the southern end of the ridge, passing through a large boulderfield, until the start of the wire is reached.
VF - The climbing is immediately enjoyable with good wire and protection. It soon becomes apparent it is not all about the ascent as the via ferrata undulates along the ridge-line providing a considerable amount of down-climbing. There is some great exposure in several sections and the views on a clear day are superb. Eventually the wire veers onto the east side of the ridge and makes a steep descent down onto a grassy slope where via ferrata Masare officially ends. © Rockfax

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
AKabza 11 Aug, 2018 -
with CEllis
with CEllis
Hidden 2 Jul, 2018 -
Hidden 20 Jun, 2018 -
rich H0001 ?Sep, 2017 -
Hidden 23 Aug, 2017 -
Ian Stirrups 28 Jul, 2017 - Also with Fiona & Ian Inch et al
with Bill Turner, Sue
Also with Fiona & Ian Inch et al
with Bill Turner, Sue
Alessandro Tentori 19 Jul, 2017 Solo rpt
daviemoston 7 Jul, 2017 -
Dravies 24 Jun, 2017 AltLd
Alessandro Tentori 9 Jun, 2017 Solo O/S
robertmichaellovell 9 Sep, 2016 Solo
with Bex
with Bex
barrington1978 20 Aug, 2016 -
Jamesd9090 19 Aug, 2016 -
with jaward
with jaward
jaward 19 Aug, 2016 -
Neil Williams 2 Aug, 2016 -
with Rowan, Emma, Austen, Pip, nick244, Tom D, j.kirby
with Rowan, Emma, Austen, Pip, nick244, Tom D, j.kirby
nick244 2 Aug, 2016 -
with Rowan, Neil Williams, j.kirby
with Rowan, Neil Williams, j.kirby
j.kirby 2 Aug, 2016 -
with nick244
with nick244
SarahConnor ?Aug, 2016 -
SarahConnor ?Aug, 2016 -
MarkNicholasConnor ?Aug, 2016 Solo
Matthew Davies 29 Jul, 2016 -
yelotango 3 Jul, 2016 Solo
Cheet 24 Sep, 2015 Solo dnf Boot-deep snow, overcast with sleet, freezing temperature made this a quality day out on this interesting VF. It was our last day in the Dolomites and the snow made the approach much longer than what the book said, we won't have enough time to finish this one, not to mention that David got too scared at the first gully up as it is cover with snow. VF cables were so icy to hold with our summer gloves :( I got to the top of the first gully and then climbed down back to the approach.
with David
Boot-deep snow, overcast with sleet, freezing temperature made this a quality day out on this interesting VF. It was our last day in the Dolomites and the snow made the approach much longer than what the book said, we won't have enough time to finish this one, not to mention that David got too scared at the first gully up as it is cover with snow. VF cables were so icy to hold with our summer gloves :( I got to the top of the first gully and then climbed down back to the approach.
with David
Hidden 30 Aug, 2015 -
Hidden 30 Aug, 2015 -
JamesRich 25 Aug, 2015 Solo O/S
with Karen Rich, Howard Rich, Paul Rich
with Karen Rich, Howard Rich, Paul Rich
Hidden ??, 2015 -
Charlie Eperon 7 Sep, 2014 -
Giles Eperon 7 Sep, 2014 -
Alex Eperon 7 Sep, 2014 -
Hidden 1 Sep, 2014 -
BeckyS 15 Jul, 2014 Solo O/S
Nicola ?Jul, 2014 -
Hidden 8 Sep, 2013 -
badgerjockey 6 Aug, 2012 -
with Si
with Si
syv_k ?Aug, 2012 -
Jola ??, 2012 -
Hidden ?Jun, 2011 -
LA Bradders 13 Jul, 2010 -
seanyt ?Jul, 2010 Solo
flat eric 3 Sep, 2009 Lead
pocketsarah 10 Jul, 2009 -
MartinN 27 Aug, 2006 Solo O/S
andrewbooth1000 7 Jul, 2005 Lead O/S
with Keira
with Keira
Hidden ?Jun, 2003 -
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