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From the high shoulder along trail 747, the trail descends, soon following an obvious grassy track. A fairly long hiking section follows along this track, descending for about 200 metres (600+ feet) before reaching the start of the southern segment of the VF Dino Buzzati. The grassy slopes end here, transitioning to much steeper terrain further below.
courtesy JInnes
Descent Trail
Cimerlo Southern Slopes
Steep Terrain
An extensive series of stemples and wires leads the charge down much steeper terrain. The first part is the steepest and most exposed. Again, however, the quality of protection is very high (new shock absorbers and all) and there are an abundance of climbing aids (stemples and the like). It isn't hard - just exposed.

Note: The route of the VF Dino Buzzati used to go through a very narrow cleft behind this cliff, but sometime over the last few years that way was decommissioned and this newer more exposed route was built.
courtesy RHanel
courtesy RHanel
Nearing ferrata continuation
Southern part of VF Dino Buzzati
Steep Stemple Descent
After the initial long, steep descent, the ferrata curves down and into a high alpine rock bowl. The wire is intermittent through here, only protecting where needed. Elsewhere, a rocky path descends through scree sections.
courtesy JInnes
Modern VF Shock Absorbers
VF Dino Buzzati Southern Section
Descending last bit of VF
A final longer stretch of wire leads over moderately steep ground, and the southern VF start plaque is reached (roughly at the 2135m / 7000' level).

Below the wires, trail 747 continues downward on a steep scree path, winding between interesting towers and spires of rock. Soon a few patches of trees are encountered and the trail becomes more earthy and less rocky - but still quite steep. Once fully in the forest, the grade lessens.
Southern Start, VF Dino Buzzati
Winding down 747
Arriving at bottom end of 747
Trail 747 ends at a junction at about the 1560m / 5130' level. From here, a network of forest trails lead downhill towards various farm roads, meadows, and trailheads. In my particular case, I had parked a car at a small parking area along trail 731 (see trackmap for specifics).
Farm Roads
Prati Fosni
Farm Roads
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Via Ferrata Dino Buzzati - click map to view
VF Dino Buzzati - Climb Data (north-to-south)
Start Time: 7:41a.m.
End Time: 1:23p.m.
Duration: 5h42m
Distance: 5.22 km (3.24 mi)
Average Speed: 0.9 km/hr (0.6 mph)
Start Elevation: 7406ft (2257m) *
Max Elevation: 8312ft (2533m) *
Min Elevation: 4404ft (1342m) *
End Elevation: 4414ft (1345m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1071ft (326m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 4152ft (1266m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph

Quick Reference Ferrate Route Index

(*) Difficulty rating from the newer Cicerone Guide by Fletcher and Smith
(**) Difficulty rating from older Cicerone Guide by Hofler/Werner
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