I had concocted a fairly ambitious route for our group today: four
different ferrata routes, all in one go! In actuality, it wasn't quite as
bad as it sounds - in the Brenta, different ferrata routes are all
concentrated into an interconnected network over which you can easily
form loops, and this was precisely what I had in mind. Besides, our group was now battle-hardened from over two weeks of mountain outings!!
I chose a route which traversed over a large section of the most famous
route in the Brenta - the 'via delle Bocchette' (or 'way of the gaps').
The via delle Bocchette is a high-level north-south traverse of almost the
entire Brenta Group. It is divided into many different sections, each of
which are considered a different ferrata. We would climb south for a
short while, then climb up to and gain the Via delle Bocchette, and then
follow it north all the way to Passo Groste, where the main Brenta Group
peters out into a wide pass. Not far below this pass was our rifugio for
the evening - the Rifugio Graffer al Groste.
The day had started out clear, but even now, at 7am, I could see the mists
starting to coalesce into clouds around the higher towers. This was
starting to look suspiciously like the same weather I'd encountered the
last time I was in the Brenta, which ended-up giving us socked-in clouds
during the most spectacular part of the climb.
We started off by climbing south along a minor ferrata route called the
'sentiero SOSAT'. This was a route that mostly consisted of hiking, and
only at the very end did we encounter the meat of the route.
The Sentiero SOSAT's main climbing section was short
but actually fairly interesting, involving a downclimb into the bottom of
a gully and many ladders, and then one very long, very vertical ladder out
of it. The route then traversed horizontally along an exposed ledge.
A bit more hiking and a bit more downclimbing and we were done the route.
Ferrata one of four completed!
(If you'd like to read more about the Sentiero SOSAT route, please click here
to go to my dedicated Via Ferrata page's route description.)