This via ferrata was equipped in 2009 and is one of the hardest in the area, being of comparable difficulty to Cesare Piazetta and Magnifici Quattro. The climbing is steep and sustained requiring good fitness. Being such a new via ferrata there are still sections that need cleaning, but the flip side of this is a wonderful lack of polish. With the aid of the Faloria cable car the approach is relatively short and the descent non-existent making it an ideal half a day out from Cortina. Traditionalists be warned - whilst this route offers a good physical challenge it lacks a few of the elements of the 'older' via ferratas. There are no war ruins, it doesn't have that same Alpine feel and the 'summit' is a busy plateau from which a number of winter ski lifts run.
Approach - Park at the Faloria lift station car park in the centre of Cortina (well signed). Take the cable car to the mid station at Mandres. From Mandres, follow path 206 to the east. After 10 minutes the path forks; take the right fork following signs for the via ferrata. The path was quite small but is now becoming more obvious and is marked with cairns and red paint. A steep but brief walk up the hillside brings you to a plaque and the start of the route.
Alternatively it is possible to walk from the lift station to Mandres following path 220. The path can be quite difficult to follow because it has been diverted several times as new construction work takes place.
VF - The route starts steeply up a vague arete giving you an © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
The "Sci Club 18" is a demanding new via ferrata which winds its way up the Crepe di Faloria face, immediately beneath the cable car which leads up to the top of Monte Faloria above Cortina. This difficult and exposed ferrata offers spectacular views over the entire Ampezzo basin and was created by the Cortina Mountain Guides and the Faloria company with 700m of steel cables and more than 300 pins.
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