The Ferrata at the Catinaccio d'Antermoia is a via ferrata with an enormous landscape interest that extends both uphill and downhill along the walls of the Catinaccio d'Antermoia. The report is proposed starting from the Gardeccia Hut and presents two options for the return. The environment is very popular but you go up over 3000 m and therefore need the typical precautions of the high mountain environment.
To reach the hut there are some options:
Reached the Gardeccia hut (1960 m) continue on the wide CAI 546 path that goes up the Vajolet valley in a northerly direction. The path does not present difficulties despite the constant slope. We quickly reach the Vajolet and Preuss Huts (45 'from the Gardeccia hut) and we continue in constant ascent on the CAI 584 path that remains on the left side of the wide valley. We gradually approach a saddle where it rises in the homonymous pass Rifugio Passo Principe (2599 m -1h 30 'from the Gardeccia Hut) with to our right the impressive silhouette of the Catinaccio of Antermoia.
Departing from the hut we head following the directions to the rocky bastion of the Catinaccio of Antermoia. We go up a steep couloir between rocks and debris that runs diagonally across the mountain. We reach aexposed ledge which leads us to a steep slab. Let's go down one steep ladder to then climb a stretch of the opposite side some aided rocks. In this section it is possible to look down the path faced uphill along the Valle del Vajolet.
Let's now climb a stretch of aided jumps with ropes that leads us to the end of the ferrata on the north ridge of the Catinaccio d'Antermoia. In front of us we see the summit cross that we will have to reach by traveling aaerial ridge not protected by any metal cable. The ridge in some sections narrows down however becoming prohibitive. In short you reach the summit (3002 m - 1h 30 'from Rifugio Passo Principe - 3h from Rifugio Gardeccia).
We go down on the opposite slope crossing the East Ferrata that from the top continues in south direction. We travel a long way descending ledge secured by a rope until you reach a more steep gully straight to us on Lake of Antermoia, the homonymous hut and higher up the Molignon ridge where the Ferrata Laurenzidevelops . We come to two ladders to descend without particular difficulties and we downclimb a series of rocks and diagonal sections that do not present particular difficulties until the end of the equipment (1h from the summit - 2h 30' from Rifugio Passo Principe - 4h total).
For the return we have two alternatives:
The Ferrata del Catinaccio of Antermoia is the combination of two ferratas - the west and the east - that go up the summit. Both routes are considered to be of modest difficulty although they develop in the high mountain environment and this requires the usual precautions. Lovely panorama from the summit.
The most difficult part of the trip is probably the ridge that connects the end of the western ferrata to the summit cross. This stretch is exposed and unprotected so it requires a steady step. On the descent on the east side, you must pay attention to some sections that risk being wet.
If you wish to return from Passo delle Scalette need a good workout and a firm foot for the steep stretch near Passo delle Scalette.
Due to its central position in the Catinaccio group, the Ferrata del Catinaccio d'Antermoia is often combined with other routes in the area. As described in the descent, one could evaluate the Aided path of the Ladders to return to the Gardeccia. If you decide to stay overnight at the Antermoia Hut the following day you could go on the exposure Ferrata Laurenzi or staying overnight at the Tires Hut you could walk along the Ferrata Maximilian. Continuing towards the southern area of the Catinaccio, the options are not lacking with in increasing order the difficulty Via Ferrata Santner, the Ferrata Bepo del Medil and the Via Ferrata Roda di Vael and Masarè.
Approach: 1:30 h
Ferrata: 2:30 h
Itinerary: 5:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 403 m
Route difference: 1041 m
Max altitude: 3004 m
Length: 12 Km