Bud, Sam, and Michael didn’t want to travel all the way out here without sampling some of what the Dolomites are famous for: the Via Ferrata!
Today we climbed the Punta Fiames – a long and classic Via Ferrata overlooking Cortina. The elevation gain is HUGE! 1300 meters up and down, with no help from any ski lifts! Take a trekking pole and some sturdy shoes for the scree descent – it’s burly.
The route is modern; it is equipped with strong anchor bolts, newer cables, and plastic caps over the cable attachments so your via Ferrata kit doesn’t get stuck on the bolts. There are no steep, contrived ladders or wild swinging bridges on this route. Italian Via Ferrata routes tend to be more traditional. You need to visit the ultra-modern Via Ferrata routes of Switzerland to find some of the more wild ones. The Italian routes tend to be as scenic as any climbing route could ever be winding majestically up exposed faces that offer a view deep into the heart of the range.
A few photos: