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Piz da Lech

On our fifth day of climbing in the dolomites, We climbed an easy half-day route up a peak in the Sella Group called Piz da Lech. The ferrata, called the "piz da lech" ferrata, scales a steep, easy, short and interesting pitch that includes a long ladder.

Regional Locator Map: Piz Da Lech
The Piz da Lech ferrata climbs a short pitch not far below the summit of Piz da Lech, one of the heights of land in the Sella group of the dolomites. The start of the ferrata can be approached by a two-stage cable car from the town of Corvara.

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courtesy BConnell
Camping Colfosco
A shot of our campsite in Colfosco, a little town below the north-east corner of the Sella Group. [enlarge]
Now Jenn wants to know
Jenn has taken to wanting to see the descriptions for the upcoming Ferrata routes. Guess she doesn't want any more surprises. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
The Sasshonger
The Sasshonger is a very beautiful peak, rising imposingly above the hamlet of Colfosco. [enlarge]
Gettin' a lift
Brian and Jenn get a lift up to near the start of the Piz da Lech Ferrata Route. [enlarge]
Middle Station
The middle lift station on the way up to the start of the Piz da Lech ferrata route. [enlarge]
Through the clouds
The chairlift carries us up through clouds at the 7000-ish foot-level (2000m-level). [enlarge]
Above the Clouds
Fortunately, and beautifully, we break out above the clouds at about 8000 feet. (2500m) [enlarge]
From the top Chairlift
A view towards the upper cliffs of Piz da Lech from the top chairlift station. [enlarge]
The Sign points the way
A sign clearly marks the way towards the cliffs that are ascended by the Piz da Lech ferrata. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Hiking to the start
Andrew and Jenn on their way to the start of the Piz da Lech Ferrata. [enlarge]
Annotate This
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Start of Climbing
This is the start of the climbing on the Piz da Lech ferrata. [enlarge]
Clouds far below
This is a view looking east from partway up the Piz da Lech Ferrata. The valley bottoms are obscured by clouds. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Excellent rock
Andrew and Jenn scramble up the clean and blocky dolomite on the Piz da Lech ferrata route. [enlarge]
Ladder traffic jam
The ladder section on the Piz da Lech ferrata is clogged with people today. Wait your turn! [enlarge]
Ladder traffic jam
The ladder section on the Piz da Lech ferrata is clogged with people today. Wait your turn! [enlarge]
The streaked wall
This is a very impressive streaked wall on the way up the Piz da Lech ferrata route. [enlarge]
Streaked Wall and Ladders
A wide angle view up, showing the impressive streaked wall and the exciting ladder section of the Piz da Lech ferrata route. [enlarge]
Steel to Sky
The long ladder section on the Piz da Lech Ferrata stretches away to the sky. [enlarge]
Jenn above ferrata
A shot of Jenn hiking on the easy final section after the end of the climbing on the Piz da Lech ferrata route. [enlarge]
Hiking to summit
Hiking on the final bit of easy trail to the summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
Towers of the Sella
Fantastic Sella Tower scenery as seen from near the summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Towers of the Sella
Fantastic Sella Tower scenery as seen from near the summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
Jenn and summit
Jenn hiking towards Piz da Lech summit. [enlarge]
Towers of Sella
Another view of the big walls, spires and general wildness of the interior of the Sella Group. [enlarge]
Piz da Lech Summit
The summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Andrew and Jenn near summit
Brian snaps a photo of Andrew and Jenn not far from the summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
Rare trio shot
A rare shot of all three of us near the summit of Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Juggling in the Dolomites
Brian continues with tradition by bringing out his mountain juggling balls on Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
rifugio Pisciadu
A shot of the Pisciadu rifugio from the summit of Piz da Lech. In 2002, I had a hot meal at this rifugio after climbing the Pisciadu ferrata in a mini-snowstorm. [enlarge]
Alpine Chough
This is an Alpine Chough, a ubiquitous creature that appears as if by magic when hikers bring out food on a dolomite summit. [enlarge]
Soaring Chough
An Alpine Chough cruises the skies around us, waiting for a handout. [enlarge]
More, please?
An Alpine Chough waits expectantly for another handout from a generous hiker. [enlarge]
Brian and Jenn, summit
Brian and Jenn pose at the summit cross of Piz da Lech [enlarge]
Brian and Jenn, summit
Brian and Jenn pose at the summit cross of Piz da Lech [enlarge]
Brian and Jenn, summit
Brian and Jenn pose at the summit cross of Piz da Lech [enlarge]
Via Normale
This is us starting the 'via normale' descent route off of Piz da Lech. This shot looks back up, and you can just make out the summit at the top. [enlarge]
Via Normale descent
A view looking down the via normale descent route. [enlarge]
Jenn descending
Jenn descending the via normale descent route on Piz da Lech. [enlarge]
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