Ivano Dibona Via Ferrata

We arrived at the start of this Via Ferrata from the Capanna Rio Gere (1698 m) just before Passo Tre Croci (1860 m) and took a chair lift to Rifugio Som Forca (2215 m) before getting onto the rickety Cabin Cars to Forcella Staunies and Rifugio Lorenzi (2932 m).

VF Ivano Dibona follows the Zurlon-ridge. It is a historical route used in World War I, and later restored and made safe for tourists. At the beginning is the longest via ferrata suspension bridge in the Dolomites, the 27 metre long Ponte Cristallo – the iconic suspension bridge used in the Cliffhanger film.

This is a high altitude via ferrata in a remote environment. Whilst sections of technical climbing are few, this is more than compensated for by the stunning views and situations. The majority of the route unfolds above 3000m and can hold snow for much of the season. Monte Cristallo is also notorious for holding cloud, particularly in the afternoon.

Ivano Dibona Via Ferrata DSC03089 (768x1024) DSC03092 (768x1024) DSC03095 (1024x768) DSC03096 (1024x768) DSC03098 (768x1024) DSC03103 (768x1024) DSC03104 (768x1024) DSC03106 (1024x768) DSC03107 (1024x768) DSC03109 (1024x768) DSC03122 (768x1024) DSC03126 (768x1024) DSCN3440 (1024x768) DSCN3441 (1024x768) DSCN3444 (768x1024) DSCN3447 (1024x768) DSCN3449 (768x1024)The two via ferratas VF Ivano Dibona and VF Marino Bianchi both start from the top of the cable car at Forcella Staunies. We did them both going first out along the Ivano Dibona.

 

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