A panoramic via ferrata along the upper ledges of Pietra Grande that are exposed but not particularly challenging and run through an area of great natural and geological interest.
An easy via ferrata that may be suitable for families. It is often recommended as an introduction to the world of via ferratas, and it runs along the amazing ledges at the base of the west face of Pietra Grande (2,937m / 9,636 ft) for an enjoyable itinerary along ledges that are not heavily trafficked.
There are some exposed sections, but the trail is generally easy. The via ferrata may be done in either direction, but we recommend doing it from the Grostè Pass towards Rifugio Graffer due to the lower elevation gain. Created in 1969 by two mountain-guide brothers, Natale and Raffaele, and dedicated to their father, the alpine guide Gustavo Vidi. The trail was also dedicated to Natale following his death.
It is best to do this route from mid-July to mid-October to avoid snow along the western ledges.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
To get to Rifugio Stoppani:
- from Campo Carlo Magno Pass by way of the Grostè gondola lift or the trail along the ski slope (approx. 3 hrs).
- from Malga Spora along trail 301 (2.5 hrs).
- from Rifugio Tuckett taking the Dallagiacoma and Benini via ferratas.
ParkingAmple paid parking is also available at the base of the Grostè gondola lift.
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- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)
Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Via ferrata set
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
- Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
- Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.