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Mountain ranges / Dolomites / Piz Boe / Ossario del Pordoi - Piz Boe (Via Ferrata Vallon)

Ossario del Pordoi - Piz Boe (Via Ferrata Vallon)

Starting point: Ossario del Pordoi (2200 m)
Starting point Lat/Lon: 46.49125°N 11.82799°E 
Destination: Piz Boe (3152 m)
Path name: Via Ferrata Vallon
Time of walking: 5 h
Difficulty: very difficult marked way
Ferrata: C
Difficulty of skiing: no data
Altitude difference: 952 m
Altitude difference (by path): 1110 m
Map: Tabacco 07 1:25.000
Views: 412
Trip rating: 2 votes
Number of pictures: 119
Access to starting point:
Access from Gorenjska: From Rateče or Predel we cross the border to Trbiž / Tarvisio and then we continue on a highway in direction of Videm / Udine to exit Tolmezzo. From Tolmezzo we follow the road in direction of village Ampezzo and mountain pass Passo Mauria. Road then descends and it brings us to a crossroad, where we continue left (possible also right) in direction of Cortina d'Ampezzo. On all next crossroads we follow the signs for Cortina d'Ampezzo.
In Cortina d'Ampezzo then we follow the signs for Alpine mountain pass Passo di Falzarego. This ascending road we then follow to mentioned mountain pass. On the mountain pass we come to a crossroad, where we continue on the left road in direction of Marmolada and settlement Arabba (right Alta Badia). Road ahead is for quite some time descending, after that it brings us to a crossroad, where we continue right in direction of the mountain pass Passo Pordoi (left Marmolada). We follow relatively wide and ascending road all the way to mentioned mountain pass. On the mountain pass we then turn right on a narrow asphalt road towards ossuary of German soldiers (Cimitero Militare Germanico). We park on a parking lot at the end of the mentioned road.
From Primorska: We drive on highway towards Venice / Benetke / Venezia. At town Portogruaro we leave the highway towards Venice and continue right on highway towards Pordenone. At the next highway junction near Conegliano we continue right towards Belluno. Near Belluno highway ends and at next crossroads we continue in direction of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Further we follow the description above.
Path description:
From the parking lot we continue on a well settled path towards ossuary where 8582 German soldiers are buried, who fell in first world war and 849 soldiers, who fell in second world war. At ossuary we then continue left where signposts for climbing path Via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta point us to. Path then leads us on a panoramic grassy slope and it soon starts a little steeper ascending. For a short time then path crosses a steeper slope to the right, and then again starts ascending on a slope upwards. Path which is mostly marked with red arrows is then ascending until we get very close to mighty walls where we join the path 626.
Here we continue right and after a short crossing path brings us to sign, which marks beginning of extremely demanding path Via Ferrata Cesare Piazzetta. We still continue on easy path, which crosses slopes below vertical walls towards the east. After that path for quite some time crosses such slope and in doing so few times slightly ascends and descends. From the path soon also view opens up towards the mountain hut Ütia Franz Kostner and after a short descent we come to a marked crossing.
Path 638 branches off to the left upwards , which through gully Rissa di Pigolerz leads towards the summit Piz Boe. At the crossing we continue on the path 626, which then crosses slopes below the steep mountain walls. By the path we will then also notice some ruins from the time of first world war, and path leads us also past a smaller lake. After that path turns a little to the left and after a short descent brings us to another crossing.
This time path Lichtenfels (path 672) branches off to the left towards the summit Piz Boe, and we continue right towards the mountain hut Ütia Franz Kostner. From the crossing path slightly descends and also the path towards the settlement Arabba branches off right downwards. Then only a short ascent follows to the hut, which can be seen from the path for quite some time.
At the mountain hut we then go left towards north and we slightly descend on the wide path. When we come to a crossing we go left on path 638.
A little after the crossing path turns to the left and it ascends towards a scree where we are again at the crossing.
This time we leave the path 638 and go right on path named Roda de Valun. After that path runs towards northwest and on a scree brings us in a valley surrounded by precipitous peaks. Path here at first in ascent crosses a scree on the left side of the valley and then it brings us on more flat terrain where there is also a crossing.
Right leads easy circular path Roda de Valun, and we continue left towards secured climbing path Via Ferrata Vallon where a bigger sign on a rock points us to. Path, which is here marked with red blue blazes then ascends on the scree and it brings us to the wall where secured path begins. In front of the entry into secured part of the path we equip ourselves with a helmet and a self belay set.
Secured path in initial part turns to the right and few times steeply ascends by the steel cable. Steel cables are in this part quite loose and also the distance between iron spikes on which steel cables are attached to is relatively long. After that path for a short time turns a little to the left and it brings us below even steeper slopes. Here we again continue to the right and after some diagonal ascents on exposed slope path brings us to a hanging bridge. By the bridge we cross a smaller waterfall after that an ascent becomes even more demanding. Path behind the bridge ascends almost vertically left upwards and to move forward also some strength in arms is needed (difficulty C). Demanding part is otherwise relatively short and secured path then soon ends and brings us on a less steep slopes where there is also a smaller lake.
Path here turns to the right and is ascending on undemanding slope from which a view towards the summit Piz Boe opens up and on numerous other peaks nearby. Path then turns to the left and is slightly ascending on a rocky slope on the right side of the valley. On the left side we will here also notice a little bigger lake, which is located below western slopes of the peak Pizes dl Valun. We still continue on a relatively gentle path towards south, which slowly turns slightly to the right. When we get closer to summit Piz Lech Dlace we come to a crossing.
Right path bypasses the peak Piz Lech Dlace on the west side and then joins the path 672. We continue left and we cross a slope towards eastern side of the mentioned summit. When we join the path 672 the slope becomes a little steeper and then follows an ascent towards the ridge. Here on shorter part of the path we also get help from steel cables. On the ridge we then continue right and we soon reach the peak Piz Lech Dlace on which is situated bigger cairn.
From the top we continue on the ridge and after a short descent we come to a saddle where there is a crossing. From the right here joins also the other path from secured path Via Ferrata Vallon. Also diagonal path towards the mountain hut Rifugio Boe branches off to the right, and from the left joins unmarked footpath past the lake Eissee.
We continue straight and we again start ascending on a rocky slope. A little higher path slowly turns to the left and it brings us to the ridge from where a view opens up towards west. We continue on a ridge towards south and then we cross steeper slopes by the ridge. On shorter part there is also a steel cable for help. When we come again on a ridge we reach a little less known peak Cresta Strenta, which is with 3124 meters second highest peak in mountain group Sella.
We still continue towards south and further path runs on less steep western side of the ridge. Soon from the right joins also the path from the mountain hut Rifugio Boe and to the top then follows only shorter undemanding ascent.
On the way: Ütia Franz Kostner (2500m), Piz Lech Dlace (3009m), Cresta Strenta (3124m), Forces dai Ciamorces (3110m)
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