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Saturday, July 28
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Next, we hiked up a deep, high-walled valley (more canyon than valley) to the start of the next ferrata - the Oliva Detassis route. The route climbed from the scree at the head of the valley to the 'spine' of the Brenta Massif (i.e. the main north-south ridgeline of the main Brenta Group), where it intersected the Via delle Bocchette.
courtesy DBoyd
Only for experts!
Approaching BREN 3
courtesy PChen
Approaching Bren 3
Up, up, up
The route was essentially a series of ladders, one after the other. Some were quite steep, perhaps directly vertical, and others were more laid back. There was absolutely nothing overtly technical about this route - it was just a lot of quite exposed ladder climbing. Scenery-wise, though, it was excellent. The views back down into the gorge-like valley were inspiring.
courtesy DBoyd
Andrew nearing steep ladder
A long way down
Jenn on BREN 4
Curved ladder
Approaching the top
Bochetta Massodi
The Oliva Detassis ferrata ended at a 'ferrata junction'. These are like trail junctions, except instead of a junction of paths, it is a junction of wires. In this case, it is the junction with the Via delle Bocchette. We had intersected the Via delle Bocchette Alte section, and we would follow this route north.

(If you'd like to read more about the Oliva Detassis route, please click here to go to my dedicated Via Ferrata page's route description.)
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