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Paternkofel Mountain (De Luca-Innerkofler Via Ferrata)

Via Ferrata · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
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  • Summit cross on Paternkofel mountain
    Summit cross on Paternkofel mountain
    Photo: Athesia Verlagsanstalt
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Distance 8.9 km
4:27 h
554 m
556 m
Through the tunnels
A varied via ferrata that uses tunnels built in the First World War for the climb (headtorch!). Be aware that there will still be ice in the tunnels early in the season. From the Gamsscharte col there is a short steep climb that is entirely secured with steel ropes. Sure-footedness on the descent to the Paternsattel is essential, as some extremely exposed sections have to be tackled unsecured.

Characteristics: Wonderful summit tour on the tracks of the First World War. An ideal day tour in a spectacular setting. Mountain experience and sure-footedness are essential, especially for the descent. Climbers may encounter ice in the tunnels early in the season, which can make the via ferrata impassable. Access: Go along the wide gravel path to the Paternsattel, then continue to the Drei-Zinnen-Hütte (2405m), open from the start of June until the end of September. Then go from the hut to the entrance to the tunnel entrance at "Galleria Paterna" (takes a few minutes). Technical details: Interesting ascent on an old wartime route. The lower section runs through a steep, dark tunnel (the "Galleria Paterna" - headtorch required). The rest of the climb is mostly secured with steel ropes, although some exposed sections, particularly near the summit, have to be climbed unsecured. Via ferrata in detail: 70% steel rope, 10% exposed, 20% tunnel. Total climb: 525m altitude gain, 2:30-3:00

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