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Thursday, July 26
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I've been on the Marino Bianchi route before, and my second time on it cemented my initial impression of it. Namely, that (a) it is a very scenic ridge climb, (b) it is very busy, and (c) many of the climbers on it seem quite new to ferratas and climbing in general, and (d) most of the climbers seem to be British. My guess is that the super-easy access to this ferrata route (the wires start from the edge of the Rifugio's deck) attracts first-time ferrata-ists. As for the British connection - who knows?
courtesy PChen
courtesy DBoyd
courtesy PChen
Marino Bianchi climbing
Jenn on Marino Bianchi
Many people on route
We climbed about three-quarters of the way along the Marino Bianchi ferrata, all the while enjoying the superb positions that are reached along the way. There were excellent views back to the cristallo bridge on the Ivano Dibona ferrata (which was also simply crawling with climbers). Off in the distance was the huge, ochre-faced Croda Rossa. To the west, we could see some ghostly-looking ruins high on rock walls; these were located along the Ivano Dibona route (Or rather, the Ivano Dibona route winds by these ruins).
courtesy PChen
Cristallo bridge and Croda Rosa
Rifugio Lorenzi from above
Surveying the view
Rifugio Lorenzi from above
Croda Rosa
Wartime building
We realized that if we wanted to explore some of the Ivano Dibona ferrata, we should probably turn around and head back before it got too late. Pu preferred the idea of completing the Marino Bianchi route and summitting the Cima de Meso, so he continued on ahead, while the rest of us turned back.

(If you'd like to read more about the Marino Bianchi route, please click here to go to my dedicated Via Ferrata page's route description.)
courtesy DBoyd
courtesy PChen
Jenn in the Dolomites
Jenn climbs above Rifugio
Middle Cristallo Summit
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