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Group picture before climb
VF del Centenario Start
Start Plaque
Quickly returning back to the junction with the path to the ferrata, we started up it, and soon reached the first of the cables, where we geared up. From here, easy but protected scrambling (there's some exposure here) led up, interspersed with sections of path with no wire. Fewer trees and steeper terrain meant ever-increasing fantastic views.
Scrambling before ladders
Steep Path
Excellent views down to Riva
Protected Path
Unprotected section
First cliff band
After a short but steep climb through a band of forest, we arrived at the first set of ladders. Long metal ladders are a defining feature of the Via Ferrata del Centenario.
First Ladders
First Ladders
Pu on first ladders
We waited a bit for a party ahead of us to clear off the top of the first set of ladders (signs indicate that there is a max of 3 people per ladder, and the scope of what constitutes a single ladder is unclear), and then headed up. These first ladders weren't too vertical, and so therefore not very strenuous. Good exposure and views from them, though!
View down the ladders
Top of first set of ladders
Second Cliff Band
Above the ladders, the wire ended and there was a somewhat long section of steep path through a band of thick forest. This led to the base of the second and longest set of ladders, one of which seemed to stretch on forever. Furthermore, this long ladder starts off at a normal angle, but then continues to steepen as it climbs, and at its very top is vertical or perhaps even slightly overhanging, making for a somewhat strenuous finish. The views looking back down from near the top of this ladder are marvellous. Riva looks like a toy village very far below.

It was turning out to be quite a hot day, and the south-eastern aspect of the slope only magnified this effect. We were all going through our water supplies at a pretty fast clip.
Start of longest ladders
Long, long ladder
Longest Ladder
Stopping for a picture
Riva from far above
Pu on big ladder
Above the long ladder section, the route again reverts to some steep path through forest and scrubby brush. We could now clearly see the little pinnacle of Cima SAT growing close, and we could now spot the final sections of ladder climbing up it.
Pu and Riva
Cima SAT
Path and Cima SAT
With a final flourish, the via ferrata del Centenario climbed a few airy ladders to the small crag that is Cima SAT. An Italian flag in metal marked the summit. All around is a grand panorama of the Sarca Valley, Riva del Garda directly below, and a huge swath of the northern end of Lake Garda. Quite a fantastic view.
Final ladders
Climbing final ladders
Riva from Cima SAT
courtesy JInnes
Pu completes the climb!
Arriving on top of Cima SAT
Alanna almost on top
Jenn and Riva
Old Riva, Closeup
Riva and Lake
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