Says Indagare Insider Agustina Lagos Marmol of Guide Star Mountain:
Via Ferrata climbing [a mountain route equipped with fixed iron cables, ladders and bridges] is a way of enjoying the sheer magnificence of this awesome mountain environment in which you will be stopped in your tracks by amazing views and mountain situations. Many Via Ferratas were originally built to aid the movements of alpine military units during the First World War, and now they represent one of the major attractions in the Dolomites. They are, in effect, a range of protected routes, comprised of fixed cables, ladders and even gorge-spanning bridges, which aid ascent to places normally reserved for expert rock climbers.
Here are three of them that are great to do: Lipella on Tofana di Rozes, Punta Ana, Tridentina in the Sella Group, Col dei Bos.
The best area for single pitches and 100 to 150mts routes is the Cinque Torri. Easy access, all kinds difficulties and great panoramas. As for 200-500 meter routes: Tofana di Rozes and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are two of my favourite not only for the climbing but also for the location and panoramas you have around!
Says Indagare Insider Agustina Lagos Marmol:
“To most of the Dolomite mountains you can reach to the top by hiking, by Via Ferrata or by climbing. The hikes I like the best are the ones that you do loops or start in one point an finish in another. There are so many beautiful mountains that is hard to tell which is best. I like the rocky terrain and being high up or hiking to the top of the mountain. Some of the highlights:
- Around the Sorapis. Spectacular hike on ledges with the massive rock walls of the Sorapis around you.
- Tofana di Rozes loop: great hike where you experience all kinds of terrain.
- Civetta and Pelmo massifs: two of the most impressive mountains in the Dolomites.
- Sella Group: so much to do here! The best is the “Sella Traverse.” Long, demanding, rocky terrain and incredible panoramas.
There are great trails; wide and narrow. The best is to do a bike trip from village to village with a guide and a small day pack. Luggage will be waiting for you at your hotel or rifugio.
The Dolomites area have the biggest network of Via Ferrata [a mountain route equipped with fixed iron cables, ladders and bridges] in the Alps. They started being built during the first world war. There are all kinds of difficulties and is a great place to try this sport.
There are great roads with passes. The “Maratona dles Dolomites” is the biggest non professional road bike race in the world. Around 9000 participants come to do the race on the first weekend of July. You should consider the time to come as is the summer the roads get quite busy. Best time to come is in spring or autumn.
Cortina is the most well-known destination. However, is not the best base for winter time as it is not connected to the rest of the skiing areas and you need a car to move around. The ski area in the Dolomites is the biggest in the world. The “Dolomiti Super ski Resort” connects more than 1000 slopes: Cortina. Val di Fassa, Val Badia, Val Gardena, Arabba, Civetta, Marmolada, Pale di San Martino, Dolomiti di Sesto are some of the most well-known. You can spend 7 to 15 days skiing every day in a different slope and touring around the Dolomites through different towns and valleys. The possibilities are big and the panoramas are spectacular.
The Alta Badia (or Val Badia) in the Alto Adige region is one of the best in terms of location and it offers excellent services for North American standards (the Rosa Alpina is situated here). Before First World War this area was part of Austria, and today, you can feel and experience the blend of Italian and Austrian cultures. Plus the valleys here have kept their own identity, traditions and language. They are the part of the Ladin culture.