Valleys “MUST DO” for novices
This list comes from an email to a Customer asking for some advice on things to do in Val di Fassa, these guys being mostly walkers and climbers at beginning level with no experience of via ferratas:
“As promised, here are some of the must do (in my personal opinion):
- one day in the Catinaccio (Rosengarten group) where you can visit the vajolet towers, via ferrata masarè and walk touching 8 huts in a day (I attached below the text, never published, from an article written by Elena)
- one day on top of piz pordoi (can reach with cable car) and walk up to piz boè at 3300m; starts from passo pordoi
- one day around sassolungo, passing trhough the boulder city (passo sella)
- less important and committing, but nice, could be: walk up to the valleys of
- Duron (2hrs)
- Monzoni (2-3hrs)
- Contrin (this is towards the Marmolada)
- Or you can just get up different mountains with cable cars and have a high walk over there (plenty of options)
- Easy Sports climbs, Worth to take the gear, I’ll list here only easy crags worth even a short visit:
- Col Rodella (2000m), by cable car from Campitello (walking distance), nice little crag with single and 2 pitches route just at the arrival of the cable car, nice alpine environment without the effort of walk-in; there is also a little via ferrata to practice the moves.
- Boulder city, at passo sella (2000m), there are lots of nice and easy climbs in these massive boulders
- Alba di Canazei (roadside crag with river and people walking riverside), there are few routes worth a go and it is really a top spot for an hour or two in a bad weather day
- Sasso Bambini in val Monzoni, from Pozza di Fassa going south in the valley; this is a fantastic location also for picnic, but you have to walk up for at least 1/2hr or 1 hr.
– Via Ferratas, check your level first! I don’t think you’ll have problems with black ones, but remember that some of them might be very committing and super long with no exit, so do not underestimate!
- I’d start with a red one: brigade tridentina – this is the super classic but avoid weekends for queing!! Vertical and nice with the way back on scree; if you find this ok then you can commit to a mild black one… (brigade tridentina starts form the next valley so you have drive across passo sella!
- I’d get up via delle trincee, from the fedaia pass or from val di arabba by cable car; this is original track from the I WW, nice and overlooking the marmolada glacier and the lake fedaia. It’s a very good black one with plenty of escapes if required
- On Pordoi there are 2 or more black ones, the one south facing is hard and risky, if you want a big adventure on this mountain get on the one that starts from passo sella!! One of the top via ferratas around (I’ve never done it! So not many details, but everybody says it’s goog)
- o Another black one but very committing (6hrs on rock) without escape (be sure about weather!!) is ferrata dei finanzieri, on the collac mountain – it’s in my list but not ticked yet as I think requires preparation
- There is an “easy” one (blue) called via Massimiliano that lots of people advised to me. It’s nice and long and exposed but there is not much height gain (from here the easy grade, that often goes with physical commitment!). again, never tried it but could be nice – take pictures if you go there, pls!!!
- Ferrata Masarè, this is on the Catinaccio group and it’s just a 2 hours ferrata, but you need to get there walking first and could complete the tour coming down the other side! (red one)
– Trad routes – I’m not bothered listing as you told me you won’t take the gear…
- Look up for “Suoni delle Dolomiti” ; it’s an initiative where there are concerts in mountain huts! You get there by walk and see the concert for free!!! Very nice stuff. Info at tourist information in campitello
Remember the following “risks” and “tips”:
- Weather changes happens at 3pm usually
- Have always a warm layer and a waterproof
- Don’t risk anything stupid, long stuff is serious and sometimes escapes impossible!
- There are vipers, pay attention in hot days when getting close to water sources. If bitten, stay calm, block the blood circulation with a piece of string and look for medical attention without rushing or running etc… Usually it’s not life dangerous before few hours. Anyway, walk with a stick and if you go much off track use it on the ground in front of you.
- The footpath are numbered, both on maps and with paint on woods/rocks
There are few guidebooks and some photocopies in the apartment, feel free to use them. If you would like a book that I don’t have, I am happy to pay for it and then you can leave it there. Please let me know if you need anything!
I attached also some via ferrata materials in Italian (in separate email) – you can get the map and main data for a good idea of it.
Remember the tourist information in Campitello can help with anything, free maps and advice in English!!! + weather forecast! If you have internet also through my site/services.
If I forgot anything please let me know. I’m excited as you are!!! Just talking…. I need to get there myself!
Have a good time,