Tridentina Via Ferrata

The Tridentina Via Ferrata is one of the most popular routes in Italy and in spite of trying not to we ended up arriving there about 10 am on the sunniest Saturday of the Italian Holidays.  So there was a queue.  We tried to wait for it to pass but it only got longer and, gazing into the distance down the path we could see crocodiles of groups in shiny helmets arriving.  So we started anyway, with people crowding onto the same section of cable both in front and behind, all the way up.  There was a party atmosphere and no-one else seemed to mind that they were stuck in the gaudy human caterpillar that crawled the entire route of 600metres to the summit of the crag.

The route is fabulous – a large and often exposed and steep climb and traverse with tremendous exposure most of the way.  Even if I might have felt a little nervous, this was completely offset by the thought that if I fell, I would only travel about 2 feet before the next person on the wire would break my fall.  After the traverse you have to scale a long series of pegs and handholds, afterwards you find yourself in a chinmey with more pegs. At the top there is a shaky suspension bridge, across a deep ravine which is visible from the valley.

In total the climb is almost continous for 1.3 km straight up, so you need to have a certain amount of stamina and arm strength to keep going.

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata – a gully gives views of the Pisciadu Plateau above

The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

The cable car transporting goods to the Pisciadu Hut a kilometre above us. The path from the Gardena Pass to the Tridentina Via Ferrata

 

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata showing the queues stretching away in front of us all the way up the route

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata – on the rickety suspension bridge over the gorge

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata this shows the route of the via ferrate and the little bridge connecting the rock tower to the summit plateau

Tridentina Via Ferrata

Tridentina Via Ferrata a Topo of the 1800 foot route


Thanks to Alivigne.net for the image

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