And the honeymoon continues. A day after the warmup on Punta Fiames we decided to hit something bigger. Highly recommended by friends and guidebooks alike, the Via Ferrata Giovanni Lippelli on the Tofana di Rozes was said to be a must-do.
The Tofana group is comprised of three separate peaks– Tofana di Rozes, di Mezzo and di Dentro– and with each just over 3200 meters, they represent the highest summits of the Dolomites. Appealing to climbers for obvious reasons, they were also considered locations of strategic interest in the WWI days which resulted in the establishment of extensive tunnel networks and several via ferrata which, nearly 100 years later are as popular as ever.
Via ferrata are rated two ways. The difficulty is measured on a scale from 1 to 5, with a 1 being an easy hike and a 5 having considerable technical challenges, exposure and at times requiring real climbing moves. The commitment level is measured separately, from A to C, with an A grade having easy escape(light commitment) in case of weather, emergencies or the like and a C, well, it’s two notches higher so if you’re clipping into a grade C, know that once you start you can’t easily turn back or simply decide that you’ve had enough.
That was good to know because VF Lippelli is a long one and being rated at 4C, we understood pretty well what the day would entail. As our guidebook Via Ferratas of the Italian Dolomites: Vol 1 read, “…up, down and along; it keeps on coming!”
And it did. Here are some pics of the route:
And next up, the VF Tomaselli on Punta Sud, a solid 5C.