Our climbing objective of the day was the south arete of Torre Piccola di Falzarego Tower, the right skyline of the massif in this photo. It goes at around 5.7ish and we climbed it in five pitches.
Looking up the start of the route.from the base. A harder start goes straight up instead of two traversing pitches to the right that are much easier. We went straight up and let the other two parties that arrived just after us take the easier starting pitches.
View down from the top of P2. Easy yet decently exposed climbing on the face just right of the arete.
Allison topping out at the top of P2. The Falzarego Pass road (Cortina side) can be seen in the background.
I was pretty proud of this thread to backup the one-piton belay anchor.
On the arete and (I was) loving it. Allison doesn't much care for real exposed climbing.
Finishing up the linked P3 and P4
The view down another couple of linked pitches shows the decent arete.
I saw this group and was thinking, “I'm sure glad I'm not getting on THAT route today.” Turns out there is a via ferrata there.
Topping out on the route. A single 28m rappel got us down the backside to easy scrambling back down to the car.
Marmolada seen from the descent gully
The two parties that took the easier starting pitches as we started the route. They were about halfway up the route when we saw them here on our descent. We were happy we got up a bit earlier.
View of the arete
A short approach coupled with fun, easy climbing makes this route super popular. As we hiked back past the base we counted no less than six parties on the route.
One last look back at the arete
After eating and early lunch at the car, we drove to the Rifugio Dibona to go check out the via ferrata Lipella, a “group E” via ferrata. They are rated A through G. The one we had done the day previous was a “group D”. We were ready for a bit more. The approach trail passes along the base of Tofana di Rozes where we had climbed the 14 pitch south arete last week. The ferrata istself ascends the NW side of Tofana.
It was a beautiful, if not hot, afternoon.
This ferrata starts by climbing into a 800m man-made tunnel. Headlamps mandatory. The cool air in the tunnel was welcomed.
Allison heads up inside.
We took the metal ladder.
Entering the tunnel. It was close to six feet tall in most places and metal stairs in the steeper parts made the going fast.
Allison by one of the windows along the tunnel
After the tunnel exit we traversed the side of the mountain for a bit before clipping into the ferrata
The ferrata was named after fallen soldier-turned-guide
Onto the ferrata! It was really fun climbing for much of it. If one were free climbing the terrain it would probably be 5.4ish in parts.
Traversing the ferrata
The ironway infrastructure was obviously newer than the other via ferrata we had climbed earlier
Heading into the steeper section. Iron pegs in the rock made for bomber footholds.
A gap crossing!
Fun hiking along a big ledge
Two parties ahead of us were both clipped into the ferrata and roped up together. Thankfully they were way ahead of us and we only caught up with them right at the end.
Just above here we met the only Americans we'd met on this trip. A couple from Oregon on their first visit to Italy.
Wet rock is better with a cable attached to it
Traversing with the Alps in the background
The end of the ferrata. Now for the scenic and easy 1.5 hours hike back to the car.
A snowfield crossing on the return hike.
The end of day 6 of our Dolomites experiences. We'd now drive to just past Canazei again to catch the last taxi bus up to the Rifugio Gardeccia for the night. Our plan from there was to hike up to the Rifugio Alberto to climb the Vajolet Towers the next day.