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Daryl rounds a corner
Nearing the top, the route angles right and enters a narrow gorge surrounded by pinnacles. From here, the wire leads up a cleft, then curves around to reach the top of the wall. The route flattens out to horizontal and traverses over to easier terrain, then ends.
courtesy PChen
Andrew climbing
Last bit of ferrata
Little orange dot
The end of the ferrata is a great place for a break. You can see into the heart of the Altopiano of the Pale now, with its endless expanses of whiteish, moon-like rock. A well-defined trail curves around a wide bowl and up to the little orange dot of the Bivacco Fiamme Gialle, which you can see above you.
Top of the cliff
Wild scenery
Pu soaks it in
The Bivacco, which you reach in a quite short time from the end of the ferrata, is the high point of the route (unless you plan to climb Cima Vezzana, an optional diversion. The Cima della Vezzana is the large steep-looking peak right across from you to the north). From the Bivacco, the trail leads down through easy scrambling terrain to the pass at the head of the Valle dei Cantoni. This is Passo Travignolo, and here you can start your optional climb of Cima della Vezzana, up a loose scree trail. The Cima della Vezzana is the highest peak in the Pale Group.
The Altopiano
Bivacco Fiamme Gialle
Cima della Vezzana
courtesy PChen
The Altopiano
Heading down to the Pass
The Valle dei Cantoni
Now at the passo di Travignolo, you have a good look at the upper Valle dei Cantoni and your descent route. The route you are following is marked path #716. Depending on the season and/or year, there might be little snow, or a lot. This is the time, if necessary, to get out your ice ax and/or crampons. If the amount of snow is low enough, there may be a scree path leading around the snowfields.
courtesy PChen
Passo del Travignolo
Using the axes
Looking up, Valle dei Cantoni
Descending the Valle dei Cantoni, you'll notice that the grade gets steeper. There are several minor scrambling sections, but if the whole valley is covered in snow, it will be quite steep snowfield. There are lots of waymarks on the rocks that guide you to the right-hand side of this section of the valley (again, assuming it isn't all covered in snow - for the record, when we did this route in mid-July of 2007, there were only a few patches of snow and they were almost all avoidable).
courtesy DBoyd
Patch of steep snow
Rubbly and scrambly
Easy snow crossing
Once finished the steep scrambling descent, your troubles are over. The rest of the route to the rifugio Rosetta present no special difficulties. Follow the path as it descends the valley for a bit, then rises to the right and around into the next valley to the south.
Looking back up
Our destination
Last look at the valle
The trail (#716) curves around into the next valley to the south, and then climbs up it to a pass (Passo Bettega). The trail then descends and trends left, traversing at a mostly constant altitude, then up again, until it emerges on rock benches above the rifugio Rosetta. Along this section there are trails which branch right and down, ultimately leading back to the Colverde station where you started
Passo Bettega
Nearing the rifugio
Almost there
Rifugio Rosetta
Rifugio and Pala
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