Rosengarten sport routes (at Vajolet-Preuss huts)
Rosengarten (or better say Catinaccio, in Italian) is a fantastic group of mountains behind the Dolomites Apartment that is amazingly rich of classic routes and via Ferratas. As the walk in is longer than other places, it is usually not as busy as the Sella climbs; however, there are bus shuttles and cable car helping to get in the heart of the massif.
If you are walking in the Catinaccio (Rosengarten) group, approaching or descending a classic route or maybe spending the night in one of the huts around Cima Catinaccio, you might want to know that there are few bolted routes around there!!! These routes can be entertaining for a couple of hours or half a day (and even more if you like easy sport routes).
There are 2 multipitches that allow you avoiding the final walk to the two huts Preuss and Vajolet (approaching from Gardeccia), these called via “Vuoto d’Aria” (5a 4pitches nicely exposed in the 3rd pitch, 120m, right in the photo above) and “via del Rifugio” (5c-6a 4pitches, 100m, left arrow in the picture).
The first climb mentioned has a nice tyrolean traverse before the last easy pitch to help getting out of the pillar that you climb. Both routes end up to a panoramic point at 50m from the 2 huts.
Behind the Vajolet hut there is a little single pitch crag, you can identify it from the black/yellow stripes. The crag has a selection of easy routes and requires a 55m rope and 12 quickdraws. The list of routes follows with name and grade, easily identifiable from left to right:
- Gina la weizen 6b
- Iris 4c
- Pussy 4b
- Karin 4b
- Geimi 4a
- Carolina 5c
- Nenj 5a
- Bernj 5c
- Ivo 4c
Moreover, down at the Gardeccia hut (where the shuttle bus arrives) there are a couple of big boulders with bolted routes, first one on the right hand side of the main path towards the Vajolet hut (5min walk) and some more on the left hand side (15min walk). I have not found any topo or guide for these routes, so if anybody gets on them please post your impressions on grading.