Via Ferrata Furcela de Saslonch
Selva – DOLOMITES Val Gardena
Furcela de SaslonchPhoto: Dolomites Val Gardena, Selva – DOLOMITES Val Gardena
The first historic via ferrata in the Dolomites has been built in Val Gardena. Financed by the "Pößneck" section of the German Alpine Club and festively inaugurated in 1912, the bold via ferrata runs from the Sella Pass over the craggy rock face of the Piz Selva up to the Sella plateau. Today, the "Via Ferrata of the Meiusles" is considered one of the great classics and still a demanding undertaking climbing track in terms of its overall challenge.
Other via ferrata routes followed and expanded the range of options on the various mountain ranges around Val Gardena. In the meantime, more than a hundred years have passed and walking on steel ropes enjoys an inexorably increasing popularity. "I have met so many enthusiastic people on via ferratas that I must be in favour of them, within certain limits of course and if they are not underestimated," wrote Reinhold Messner back in 1974 in his book "Dolomiten-Klettersteige".
In autumn 2021, a modern via ferrata was set up in the Val Gardena Dolomites. The goal was not to reach the summit, but rather to make the path a fascinating experience. In the Sassolungo group, a rock structure was found that had not previously been of interest to alpinists and where small climbing routes already led. And since this hitherto unnoticed ridge is located directly next to the forcella Sassolungo, access from the nearby Toni Demetz Hut can be reached in about 15 minutes. If you want to do it without the cable car and reach the entrance by foot, the ascent from the Sella Pass takes about 45 minutes.
Climbing the via ferrata is undertaken at your own risk!
Via ferrata equipment and helmet are required.
The expert mountain guides of Val Gardena can be booked for a safe guided via ferrata tour or a one-on-one ascent.
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The via ferrata "Furcela de Saslonch" - which stands for "Forcella Sassolungo" in Ladin - has a climbing length of more than 500 metres, with varied climbing over ribbons and ramps, as well as some steep ascents, overcoming just under 200 metres in altitude. In the middle section, a secured emergency exit allows you to leave the climbing facility if necessary or if you are overtaxed. In the upper part, an exposed jagged ridge is climbed and the summit ridge is reached on an airy suspension bridge over a gap. In a few steps you descend to the Toni Demetz Hut. The magnificent rock scenery all around is impressive, surrounded by the steeply rising walls of the cinque dita summit and the Sassolungo massif.
The difficulties are quite continuous B tracks with some C passages. Walking time is about 2 hours. Via ferrata equipment and helmet are required.
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