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Sentiero attrezzato Nico Gusella and Ferrata del Velo

Fixed rope route · Pala Group
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From Passo di Ball to Rifugio Velo della Madonna
moderate
Distance 15.8 km
10:00 h
1,359 m
2,483 m
With this itinerary it is possible to reache the Rifugio Velo della Madonna; a short detour leads to the Cima Val di Roda, with a spectacular view of the valley

Author’s recommendation

Difficulty and general information: this combination of the Sentiero attrezzato N. Gusella and Ferrata del Velo has a technical difficulty ranging from easy to medium. The descent from the Stephen Pass requires you to be sure-footed. The ferratas are in a unique position and require stable weather conditions and good logistical planning given that the area is vast.
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Update: July 20, 2020
Difficulty
A/B moderate
Stamina
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Highest point
2,726 m
Lowest point
1,512 m
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Safety information

Neither of the ferrata are particularly long or difficult. The long walking sections between the two ferratas, however, require you to be sure-footed and physically fit. Take care especially on the descent from Passo Stephen. Do not underestimate the return route from the Rifugio Velo della Madonna either.

Start

Lift station Funivia Rosetta (2,627 m)
Coordinates:
DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 

Destination

departure lifts Colverde

Turn-by-turn directions

Access to the ferrata: from the station above the cable car up to the Rifugio Rosetta (2581 m), walk downhill and continue the descent following first path no. 702 and then, path no. 715, Via Alta delle Dolomiti, as far as the Passo di Ball (2443 m). At the Pass, follow the signpost 714, Sentiero

attrezzato N. Gusella, Forcella di Stephen.

Information about the route: from Passo di Ball on the Gusella ferrata (easy to medium difficulty) up to Passo Stephen (2650 m). From here in about 20 minutes, you can reach the top of the Cima di Val Roda (2791 m) or descend immediately towards Forcella del Porton (only partially equipped, so take care on the climbing sections which are not secure!) The Rifugio Velo and the ferrata of the same name soon come into sight. Under the Forcella del Porton (access to and exit from the Ferrata del Porton), continue onwards crossing over southwards towards the start of the Ferrata del Velo which you go past on the way down (new cables and plenty of metal rungs). Characteristics and technical details: Neither of the ferrata are particularly long or difficult. The long walking sections between the two ferratas, however, require you to be sure-footed and physically fit.

Take care especially on the descent from Passo Stephen. Do not underestimate the return route from the Rifugio Velo della Madonna either.

Variation: At the Passo di Ball, descend eastwards towards Rifugio Pradidali and via the Ferrata del Porton (difficult) on towards the Ferrata del Velo; or with a different access point from the departure point Rifugio Cant del Gal in Val Canali on to Rifugio Pradidali, then go back up to Ferrata del Porton or the Sentiero Gusela via the Ferrata Velo up to Rifugio Velo. Descent along the Sentiero Camillo

Depaoli (no. 734-731), partially equipped, as far as Prati Fosne and back to Cant del Gal (approx. 9 hours). Alternatively, from Rifugio Velo della Madonna, you can follow the Ferrata Buzzati to return to Val Canali (very long, approx. 10 hours in all).

Descent: from Rifugio della Madonna back to San Martino

(route no. 721).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

www.ttesercizio.it

Getting there

www.sanmartino.com

Parking

Parking at the departure lift Colverde-Rosetta

Coordinates

DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Trekking boots or Trekking shoes, possibly Gore-Tex

Strong and snug Trekking backpack

Fleece Wind-stopper jacket and light Wind-stopper trousers

T-shirts, underwear and socks

Lightweight long trekking trousers

Heavy fleece jacket or pullover

Sun hat, warm beanie and lightweight termal gloves

Towel, sleeping bag liners

Basic First Aid Kit, blister patches

Water bottle or Thermos

Head lamp and pocketknife

Information material and map

Telescopic trekking poles (optional)

Sunscreen, photocamera

Climbing Kit (carabiners, thin ropes, descender)

Climbing helmet

Harness

Mountaineering gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Difficulty
A/B moderate
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
1,359 m
Descent
2,483 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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