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Looking down, normal route
A view down the normal route on Cima Auta. The route is mostly a hike with a few scrambly bits. [enlarge]
Jenn on descent
Descending the pleasant trail off of Cima Auta. [enlarge]
Slopey and Steep
The trail skirts some big cliffs! [enlarge]
Cima Auta from the east
A view back at Cima Auta from the east, a little ways down the descent route. [enlarge]
Cima Auta Cliffs
A good view of the huge southern cliffs on Cima Auta. [enlarge]
Junction on Descent
When descending the normal route, you eventually come to this junction. Continue in the direction of 689, and you will get back to the ascent trail. [enlarge]
Mini ferrata descent
There is a little bit of easy ferrata on the descent route back to trail 689 [enlarge]
Slightly protected
Jenn descends down the protected bit of steep trail on the way back to trail 689 [enlarge]
Annotated Topo Map, Cima Auta climb
This is a GPS-dervied annotated topographic map of our Cima Auta climb up the Via ferrata paolin-piccolin. The red line denotes our actual ascent and descent, as captured by my GPS. [enlarge]
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Cima Auta - click map to view
Climb Data - Cima Auta
Start Time: 7:15AM
End Time: 4:45PM
Duration: 9h30m
Distance: 9.56 km (5.94 mi)
Average Speed: 1.0 km/hr (0.6 mph)
Start Elevation: 4268ft (1301m) *
Max Elevation: 8623ft (2628m) *
Min Elevation: 4268ft (1301m) *
End Elevation: 4419ft (1347m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 4224ft (1287m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 4086ft (1245m) *
 
 
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Cima Auta Climb, Elevation over Distance
This is a GPS-derived elevation profile, over distance, of our climb up Cima Auta (via the via ferrata Paolin-Piccolin on the way up). The blue section denotes the section that is the via ferrata climb. [enlarge]
Cima Auta Climb, Elevation over Time
This is a GPS-derived elevation profile, over time, of our climb up Cima Auta (via the via ferrata Paolin-Piccolin on the way up). The blue section denotes the section that is the via ferrata climb. [enlarge]
Below are the pictures from our climb of the Via Ferrata Canalone in the Pale di San Martino Group.

Regional Locator Map : Via Ferrata Canalone
The via ferrata canalone is a short Grade "4A" ferrata located in the Pale di San Martino group. The route is a very short hike from the car park and is a very short climb, although very steep. [enlarge]
Pale di San Martino
The Early morning sun casts a jagged shadow over us as we hike up the main trail to the rifugio Canalone in the Pale di San Martino Group. [enlarge]
Approach to Canalone
This is a junction along path 707. Path 707 is the trail that takes you to Rifugio Canalone. The Ferrata Canalone is just a few hundred meters up from the Rifugio. [enlarge]
Approach to Canalone
This is a junction along path 707. Path 707 is the trail that takes you to Rifugio Canalone. The Ferrata Canalone is just a few hundred meters up from the Rifugio. [enlarge]
Rifugio Canalone
Jenn reaches the Rifugio Canalone. It looks like a very new structure, with a couple of bits not quite finished yet. [enlarge]
The Rifugio Canalone
This is the rifugio Canalone. It looks like a very new structure, with a couple of bits not quite finished yet. The ferrata's location can be seen in this picture: it is up on the lower rock buttress to the right of the rifugio. [enlarge]
For experts only!
A sign warns 'only for expert alpinists' ... which of course makes Jenn feel a little uncomfortable! [enlarge]
Start of Ferrata Canalone
This is the start of the Ferrata Canalone (rated a 4A in the Cicerone guidebook). The route, as you can see from this picture, goes straight up the sharp arete of rock. [enlarge]
Start of Ferrata Canalone
This is the start of the Ferrata Canalone (rated a 4A in the Cicerone guidebook). The route, as you can see from this picture, goes straight up the sharp arete of rock. [enlarge]
Ferrata Canalone and the Pale
The shadowy Ferrata Canalone stands before the brilliantly lit spires of the central Pale di San Martino. [enlarge]
Jenn up steeply!
Jenn climbs the vertical arete on the Ferrata Canalone. In the far background down below, in the sun, is the Rifugio Canalone. [enlarge]
A ferrata junction
This is a junction, ferrata-style. When you get to this point, turn left (downwards) to complete the loop back to the start of the Ferrata. The other way goes up the mountain somewhere. [enlarge]
Down over braids
The route now descends downward over unsual braided wire. [enlarge]
Are you really happy?
Jenn is smiling, but inside she is feeling a bit freaked, I think! [enlarge]
Andrew on wood
Andrew crosses a bit of wooden support on the downward portion of the Via Ferrata Canalone. [enlarge]
Easy Descent Route
Looking down the easy descent route of the Via Ferrata Canalone. [enlarge]
Andrew on Descent
Andrew descends the easy return portion of the Via Ferrata Canalone. [enlarge]
Completion of Loop
Jenn completes the loop of the Via Ferrata Canalone. The end of the loop is literally a few metres from the start of the loop. [enlarge]
Annotated Topo Map, Via Ferrata Canalone climb
This is a GPS-dervied annotated topographic map of our Via Ferrata Canalone climb. The blue line denotes our actual ascent and descent, as captured by my GPS. [enlarge]
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Ferrata Canalonesc - click map to view
Climb Data - VF Canalone
Start Time: 8:04AM
End Time: 11:32AM
Duration: 3h28m
Distance: 4.84 km (3.01 mi)
Average Speed: 1.4 km/hr (0.9 mph)
Start Elevation: 4271ft (1302m) *
Max Elevation: 5668ft (1728m) *
Min Elevation: 4271ft (1302m) *
End Elevation: 4400ft (1341m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1264ft (385m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1110ft (338m) *
 
 
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Via Ferrata Canalone, Elevation Profiles
These are GPS-derived elevation profiles, over time and distance, of our climb up the Via Ferrata Canalone. [enlarge]
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