Dolomites: Via Ferrata

A via ferrata is a climbing route in the mountains that uses steel cables, rungs, or ladders, fixed to the rock to which the climbers affix a harness with two leashes, which allows the climbers to secure themselves to safely climb.

If you are not experienced with via ferratas, we highly recommend that you hire a guide, which will include the gear (harness, carabiners, and helmet).

Things to bring: layered clothing and rain jacket, hiking shoes/boots, day pack, water, and head lamp.

Ferrata Sten Fusetti

This is a beginner via ferrata that anyone who is in moderate physical condition can do. There is a 1 hour hiking up the hill and then through WWI tunnels.

This is where a guide is very helpful as finding your way to and through the tunnels is tricky. You are given a helmet as part of the gear for a via ferrata, and the helmet is helpful even in the short, dark tunnels (and a flashlight!). In the tunnels, you can see the lookout posts, sleeping areas, and kitchen areas.

The via ferrata portion is around 1 hour depending on the group.

When you reach the top of the via ferrata, there are some WWI trenches to hike through, including ladders to climb, which takes you to the top of the mountain for amazing views. You can also see the area where the Italians blew up the side of the mountain to oust the Austrians.

After your great adventure, there are many local restaurants and rifugios to enjoy a celebration lunch!

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