Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella, Tofana di Rozes 3225m
Tuesday 24 July
A long and hard via ferrata – it is also known to be very busy on good days, so we arose very early and got started before it had come properly light. An exciting tunnel is the first roped climbing we do – and some of it is awkward, especially the down climb out onto the next section of path.
The tunnel is a historical 500m wartime tunnel, which was dug out by the Alpini soldiers (height gain 120m, 500m in length). We climb in the darkness using a combination of ladders, stemples and cable.
At the end of the tunnel is a winding row of steep ledges and steps along the west/northwest face of the Tofana di Rozes
The following description is from the Rockfax guide
The via ferrata route begins with straightforward climbing up easy ground to reach a ledge. Follow this left, then continue with more interesting and energetic climbing to reach a second ledge. Continue left then vertically to reach a series of chimneys then continue over more ledges to reach a larger ledge, with red graffiti on the rock in front. Here it is possible to escape left, following ledges until joining the descent route to Rifugio Giussani. To continue with the route, follow the arrow right (to ‘Cima’, meaning summit) to reach a huge amphitheatre of rock. Continue with steep climbing for 30m or so then follow the wire rightwards to reach another ledge. Follow this right then overcome a final steep section to exit the wire and reach the path of the normal route. Steep, slightly loose but straightforward walking leads you to the large and impressive summit cross and some truly spectacular views.