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You can take a breather here and relax, for all of the difficult climbing is now over. The views have grown increasingly excellent as you have climbed, and if you were concentrating and didn't have time to enjoy them, now is a good time to do so. The rifugio Telegrafo is clearly visible across the alpine bowl out of which you've just climbed; to the north and west is a broad panorama of Monte Baldo and Lake Garda in the foreground, and the distant Alps in the background.

The ferrata wire soon continues, but it now climbs easy, low-angled terrain. Follow the wire, climbing up past the occasional low bush and up rocky crags until you reach the metal route box and the end of the ferrata.
courtesy JInnes
Easy ridgecrest
Entrance bowl
Route box
From the route box, a faint path traverses across the top end of a grassy but steep ravine (providing good views down into the scree bowl you originally scrambled down to get to the beginning of the climb). Soon the ravine is crossed and all that remains between you and the summit of the peak you are on (which, by the way, is called the Vetta delle Buse) is a broad, grassy slope. As you reach the crest of the grassy slope, a beautiful panorama south towards the Po Valley and southern Lake Garda opens before you. Beautiful.
courtesy JInnes
Nearing summit
Grassy dome
Nearing summit
A few minutes' further walk brings you to the grassy top of Vetta delle Buse, where you can enjoy all of the aforementioned views, in all directions. The grass is soft and inviting - perfect for a lunch break.
Vetta delle Buse summit view
Vetta delle Buse summit
View from summit
To return to the start trailhead, head down the grassy slopes directly south off the summit. Very soon you'll intersect the General Graziani path, which you then take north (i.e. turn left onto it). Follow the path north as it traverses scenically below the Vetta delle Buse. In a few short minutes you'll reach the plaques which marked the start of the descent into the scree bowl.
Back along General's Path
Dolomitic-like views
Alpine Commemoration
The rest of the way down is a matter of re-tracing your steps: back along the General's path to the junction with 652, then down 652 for another few kilometres to the trailhead on SP3.
Down 652
Crossing beautiful slopes
Re-entering forest
Back at the SP3
Now, this route is rated a 4A by the Fletcher-Smith guidebook. I believe that it fully deserves the 4 rating... and in my opinion it might even be leaning towards a 5 in terms of technical difficulty. I'm also inclined to think that the "A" serious rating could be argued to be a "B". It is, after all, more than a short jaunt, being almost ten km in total length. I'll give this route my own modified rating: a four-and-a-half and an "A"-and-a-half.

VF delle Taccole - Climb Data
Start Time:
6:11AM
Start Elevation:
5111ft (1558m) *
End Time:
12:07PM
Max Elevation:
7081ft (2158m) *
Duration:
5h55m
Min Elevation:
5107ft (1556m) *
Distance:
9.19 km (5.71 mi)
End Elevation:
5131ft (1564m) *
Average Speed:
1.6 km/hr (1.0 mph)
* : +/- 75 feet
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Via Ferrata delle Taccole - click map to view


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