Brenta group – Via delle Bocchette

Trip type: 2-day hike on moderate via ferratas with tracts of scrambling through one of the most beautiful groups of the Dolomites

Location: Brenta group; Madonna di Campiglio (mt.1522)

Summary: these are regarded as one of the classic via ferrata on the Dolomites. They allow to access the central part of the mountain group around “Cima Brenta” (mt.3150). The entire “Via delle Bocchette” is comprised of “Bocchette Centrali” and “Bocchette Alte”, with the latter being more exposed and technical but offering an incredible and breathtaking view.
The main features of these ferratas are their ledges and ladders, with very few vertical sections.
Worth noting that, regardless of the time of year, the use of an ice axe is highly recommended due to the need to cross a couple of fairly large glaciers/snowfields.
It is also possible to complete a tour of the group without the ferrata. Continue reading

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Via ferrata “Oscar Schuster” – Sasso Piatto (mt.2958)

Trip type: moderate via ferrata with long tracts of scrambling through one of the most imposing groups of the Dolomites

Location: Sassolungo and Sassopiatto group (Dolomites, Italy); Sasso Piatto (mt.2958)

Summary: the ferrata allows to reach the top of Sasso Piatto (mt.2958) and takes you through the Sassolungo/Sassopiatto group offering some truly beautiful views of those imposing mountains. From a technical point of view it is not too difficult but it requires to complete some scrambling on rather exposed parts.
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Puez-Odle Natural Park – Val de Chedul

Trip type: 1-day hike on the Dolomites. Easy walk suitable for families and inexperienced walkers

Location: Puez-Odle Natural Park in Val Gardena (Dolomites, Italy);  Sass de Ciampac (mt.2672)

Summary: this is an easy walk in the Puez mountain group of the natural park in Val Gardena. If reaching the summit of “Sass de Ciampac” it is possible to enjoy a magnificent view of the major Dolomitic groups and the surrounding valleys. Ideal walk for a relaxed day or with family Continue reading

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Pale di San Martino – Cima Rosetta (mt.2743)

Trip type: 2-day hike on the Dolomites. Moderate via ferratas and walking involved

Location: Pale di San Martino (Dolomites, Italy); Cima Rosetta (mt.2743)

Summary: if you only had the possibility to visit one Dolomite group then Pale di San Martino should be at the top of the list. It is a stunning group of mountains which offers a breathtaking scenery  with dramatic drops, pinnacles and vertical towers dominating the footpaths and via ferratas. Continue reading

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Puez-Odle Natural Park – Sas Rigais (mt.3025)

Trip type: 2-day hike on the Dolomites. Easy via ferratas involved

Location: Puez-Odle Natural Park in Val Gardena (Dolomites, Italy); Sas Rigais (mt.3025), Piz Duleda (mt.2909)

Summary: this is a very panoramic and technically undemanding hike in a beautiful natural park in Val Gardena. The via ferratas involved are very easy, especially those on the second day, although some care is required on the protected passages leading up to Sas Rigais Continue reading

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Lagorai group – Cima d’Asta (mt.2847)

Trip type: 2-day hike on Dolomites. No climbing or via ferrata involved

Location: Lagorai group (Dolomites, Italy); Cima d’Asta (mt.2847)

Summary: this is a very panoramic and technically undemanding walk in the south-eastern Dolomites. The first day can be physically challenging and made more exciting by completing via ferrata “Giulio Gabrielli” Continue reading

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Hiking on the Dolomites: tips

Although not officially part of the Alps, the Dolomites present an environment that can be considered to be alpine, especially if you plan to go above 2500mt.
This means it is advisable to put in some additional effort in terms of planning and understanding the landscape you will walking through during your hike.

Below is a short list of tips based on my direct experience: Continue reading

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