Vie ferrate and climbing

Vertical experiences

Vie ferrate

Climbing areas
Via ferrata are equipped routes, prepared with metal cables, ladders or steps, and other fixed features such as wooden walkways and suspended bridges. These man-made aids facilitate passage in difficult points involving exposed vertical rock faces, for example, and are designed to reduce personal risk for average trekkers.
 
To ensure your safety when moving along a Via ferrata route you need some special equipment. This consists of a protective helmet, a body harness, ferrata gloves and a ferrata set.
The ferrata set consists of two ropes, carabiners and a dissipater (it serves to cushion eventual falls, reducing the risk of injury). 
You may sometimes also need an ice-axe and crampons, depending on place and season, or a headlamp if you are planning to enter some of the numerous tunnels excavated during World War I.
You can rent ferrata kits in sport shops in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
 
The easier ferrata routes are usually called "sentiero ferrato", (ferrata trail), while the more difficult ones are called "via ferrata". But even a very simple route can easily become extremely difficult and dangerous in icy or snowy conditions, and a sudden change in weather can create serious problems for trekkers.
The length of the route can also influence the degree of difficulty of a ferrata excursion.
 
We always advise mountain trekkers to tackle via ferratas in the company of a mountain guide 

 

Climbing

Vertical activity

Pinnacles, spires and towers of rock rise majestically heavenwards, beckoning intrepid adventurers.

There in nothing quite like the thrill of completing a climb, reaching a summit, and that challenge has drawn climbing enthusiasts and novices alike for centuries. 

Around Cortina d’Ampezzo you can find 850 sport climbing routes and over 1000 classic and modern climbing routes. 
One of the most famous and magnificent climbing areas is the south face of the Tofana di Rozes, which offers climbs of various lengths and difficulty-levels in a majestic setting.

Cortina offers the chance to learn rock climbing with courses and mini courses, under the expert tuition of professional climbers. 

 

Natural Climbing Walls

Safe training

Among the numerous climbing areas, we cannot forget the historic 5 Torri or 5 Towers, which was where the legendary red-shirted Cortina Scoiattoli (Squirrels) climbing club was formed back in 1939. You can get a taste of the buzz of climbing at the climbing wall situated in corso Italia, obviously with the supervision of the Alpine guides. During summer, the guides organize rock climbing courses for adults, offering 3 levels: a basic 2-day course, an advanced 3-day course and a 4-day climbing camp. For children, various courses are available: a climbing for fun course, a mini rock climbing course and free climbing. All the courses last 3 days and begin on Mondays or Thursdays.