Piz da Cir Via Ferrata

The Piz da Cir Via Ferrata is a short but interesting via ferrata that is good for beginners. Even though it is not very long, it still reaches a summit height of 2,500metres where you get spectacular views of the Val de Chedul, across to the Sella and of the impressive nearby Sassolungo group. The rock quality is excellent and provides interesting climbing at a consistent level. You could combine this route with the nearby Gran Cir for a longer day

From the Dantercepies gondola station we follow a grassy rib that leads up behind the large radio mast going towards the rock face. Then follow the eroded path showing red paint on the rocks (these can take a bit of finding)  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 itself.

The rock is steep, the holds are good although polished and we are located high up on a rocky spire. No one is in front of us – we have faint sun for a while , then mist and a few rain spots. 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.

We sit briefly on the summit in the mist, before down climbing the whole route rather than using the rocky gully descent. The guidebook mentions the extreme looseness of the descent gully, so we chose to downclimb the via Ferrata itself as it was so quiet. (Misty and just about to rain had kept people away)

Piz Da Cir Via Ferrata

Piz Da Cir Via Ferrata

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