BOCCHETTE WAY & MARMOLADA
VIA FERRATA AT ITS BEST, COUPLED WITH AN ASCENT OF THE DOLOMITES’ HIGHEST PEAK AND IT’S GLACIER DESCENT
The Bocchette Way is one of the most most famous via ferrata route in the world, this is truly an Alpine Classic and one of the great journeys that can be undertaken in Europe’s mountains. As with so much in the Dolomites there are a multitude of options and we have elected to undertake a semi circular tour starting and finishing in Madonna di Campligio. The Dolomiti di Brenta stand alone as a range, with some amazingly spectacular scenery, immensely rugged tops, a number of small glaciers, some bold traverses and tremendous views into the Adige Valley and beyond. Although not technically difficult this is a challenging and outstandingly beautiful route.
The Dolomites themselves are a red rock paradise of soaring cliffs, vertical faces, and steep valleys. This is the mecca of Via Ferrata and where it all began in the First World War, when Italian and Austro-Hungarian mountain troops faced off at distances sometimes of only 20 metres. The routes we shall be on are often the same as those used by troops to bring up artillery, place OPs or use as sniper bases. This was a brutal war and especially so in winter. Today it is both a peaceful and spectacular playground for climbers, motorcyclists, ferratatistas and skiers, but there are still many reminders of the past in the mountains and there are a number of open air museums and a fair number of trenches, sangars, barbed wire entanglements, tunnels, ladders and pieces of shrapnel that today pay tribute to the war fought over these mountains. Marmolada is the highest peak in the Dolomites and affords a 360 degree view from its high point on Punta Penia, at 3,343 metres. There is a long and spectacular ferrata ascent with a good lunch on the summit before the glacier descent.
We run via ferrata trips either in may in the Lago di Garda region, or early September in the Dolomites and Slovenia, please ask to be added to Ferrata mail outs!