Dolomites – Fanes
South Peak Fanes Sud – Via ferrata Cesco Tomaselli SW wall
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME
From June to October (be aware of early or late snowfalls).
Usual equipment for Via Ferrata. In case of snow, take suitable equipment.
From Rifugio Lagazuoi go down to the fork of the Lagazuoi and continue to descend until you cross the path 20b. From there, cross the north-west ridge of the large Lagazuoi and then climb to the Forcella Granda, from here you reach the nearby bivouac Dalla Chiesa, located near the start of Via Ferrata.
The overall commitment is respectable. The short initial crossing and the vertical wall leading to the summit ridge are passages that clearly indicate the level of preparation of the hiker.
Immediately after the vertical attack and once passed the smooth horizontal traverse (double rope) placed under a cliff, continue for vertical walls and exposed to the middle area of the part. You then move left for tracks, until a crossroads from where you continue to climb to the vertical right-hand lobbies (the left ropes lead to the Alta Val di Fanes). Upon reaching a small terrace you will face a series of walls that lead to the ridge from which, after a last vertical plaque, for easy rocks you reach the top.
You descend with fixed ropes along the easiest but steep, equipped route that runs north-east to the Selletta Fanis. Then you descend by scree to Forcella Gasser de Pot from which, with the 20b Trail, you reach the Travenanzes fork. From here, Mark 401, downhill to Falzarego pass. Alternatively, ascent to Rif. Lagazuoi and descent by cable car.
Although not overly long, it is reputed to be one of the most beautiful and difficult ferrates in the Dolomites. To underline, besides the great commitment, also the beauty of the landscape and the historical aspect of the theatre area of the First World War.