Saturday, July 28
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Up to this point, we had been on relatively unused routes. The Via delle
Bocchette, though, especially the middle part of it, is world-reknown and
Our climb north along the Via delle Bocchette Alte was not as scenic as it
could have been - afternoon clouds had formed around this, the highest
part of the Brenta, and much of our views were of puffy whiteness. There
were occasional breaks, and what we did glimpse was spectacular. This
would be one fantastically scenic route on a crystal clear day!
Up we went, down we went, across we went, then down and up, and then over
again. The route has several steep ascents and descents, usually achieved
with big ladders, and goes sideways along many ledges.
Midway through this section, along a ledge and in the middle of a cloud
bank, we ran into the biggest ferrata-jam of my short ferrata career. At
a short ladder, a large party of southbound climbers and northbound
climbers met. What followed was a slow, painful, multi-lingual gesture-and-shout-filled process. Climbing around and over opposing traffic is
tricky and requires finesse and patience. Exasperating! this place is
just too busy on a summer weekend day!
Once past the jam, we made it a point to try and pass any slower
parties by quickly darting past during the non-protected points of the
climb. By this method, we managed to make it to the Bocca del Tuckett,
the end of the Via Alte, without any further holdups. We had just
completed the highest and 'hardest' of the Brenta ferrata routes, and I
can now say with relative confidence that none of the Brenta routes are
particularly challenging, as far as the 'technical' aspect is concerned.
(If you'd like to read more about the Bocchette Alte route, please click here
to go to my dedicated Via Ferrata page's route description.)