Sci Club 18.The “Sci Club 18″ is a demanding new via ferrata which winds its way up the Crepe di Faloria face, immediately beneath the cable car which leads up to the top of Monte Faloria above Cortina.
The ferrata is named after the Sci Club 18, the skiers club founded in 1930 in a pub in Rome by 18 friends who wanted to “promote skiing and the moral standpoint of youths”.
|Faloria||Very difficult - Ferrata ascent: : 643 m||3,5 hours||Faloria Refuge||5 stars|
Renè De Pol.The actual via ferrata is not particularly long and traverses the north and north east faces of the Forame mountain chain, a minor western outcrop of the Cristallo group.
500m of metal cables and sections of iron rungs lead through small walls and past rubble terraces to reach the Austrian First World War emplacements and the Punta Ovest del Forame summit as well as the Forame de Fora.
From Forcella Verde it is also possible to reach the Cristallo’s Forcella Grande and, along the easier Ivano Dibona, reach Forcella Staunies and Rifugio Guido Lorenzi.
|Cristallo||Medium - Ferrata ascent: 200 m||6 hours||Guido Lorenzi Refuge||3 stars|
Marino Bianchi.This short but panoramic itinerary follows the crest which, at 3000m, runs from Forcella Staunies to the summit of Cristallo di Mezzo.
Equipped with cables and ladders, the highly popular “Marino Bianchi” is ascended and descended along the same line.
|Cristallo||Medium - Ferrata ascent:240 m||4 hours||Son Forca Refuge - Guido Lorenzi Refuge||3 stars|
Ivano Dibona.This long itinerary crosses the well-known 27 m suspension bridge and then follows a magnificent and airy line along ledges used during the First World War.
The ferrata poses no particular difficulties as it is predominantly downhill. By combining the Ivano Dibona with the Ferrata Bianchi on the Cristallo di Mezzo and the diversion to the Cima del Cristallino one can carry out a fantastic traverse through the Gruppo del Cristallo.
|Cristallo||Medium - Ferrata ascent: 1600 m||8 hours||Son Forca Refuge||5 stars|
“A via ferrata is a mountain route equipped with various artificial aids to facilitate safe climbing on a hiking/climbing expedition..”
To tackle a via ferrata safely, you need to be properly equipped and have experience and knowledge of the mountain environment. Moreover, before setting off, it is advisable to check with the people running refuges or the Alpine guides who take care of the maintenance of the vie ferrate, to ensure the one you have chosen is in good condition.
It is important to equip yourself with a via ferrata kit with ropes, carabiners, etc. Always wear a protective helmet and suitable clothing including hiking boots, preferably with semi-rigid heels. Protect your hands with leather gloves that will also give you better grip. Take a rucksack in strong but lightweight material with you to carry drinks, fruit and chocolate, maps, a torch, a multi-purpose knife, a K-way, a change of clothing and to bring any rubbish back with you.
It is also well worth equipping yourself with an electronic personal locator device.
Before setting off, always check the weather forecast. Adverse weather conditions can create dangers, sometimes grave dangers, both directly with cold, blizzards, fog and lightning and indirectly, given that rain and snowfall can trigger avalanches and rock falls and make the ground slippery. Avoid the hottest hours of the day because of the risk of sunburn and heat stroke.
Last but not least
It is advisable to start off early in the morning after checking the weather and planning your route, ever mindful of your own abilities.
Don’t underestimate the difficulties, choose a route suitable for your own ability and, taking this into account, be careful to check the time it will take.
Take plenty of breaks and always concentrate, even on the easier stretches.
Only tackle a via ferrata if you have had proper training and have excellent knowledge of the mountain environment, otherwise put yourself in the capable hands of an Alpine guide.
If you’re setting off in a group choose a route suitable for everyone and without particular difficulties.