Ferrata dei Costoni at the Croda Rossa di Sesto. The ferrata initially consists of a series of stairs to win a first rocky wall and then for some small rocks and a groove to climb. The via ferrata is not difficult but it extends in a long and demanding itinerary not to be underestimated also for the exposure to the north and the possibility of finding snow even in late season.
Once at the top station of the cable car we reach a few meters the Rifugio Prati di Croda Rossa (1924 m) where on the left the path 15 branches off towards the south-east. We take the path that climbs on the meadows in modest slope up to meet a first saddle: to the left salt the path 100 for the Ferrata at the Croda Rossa (not to be confused with the Ferrata dei Costoni), on the right the path 18 and 19 descend. We ignore them and we remain on the path 15 until it meets a subsequent saddle: on the left the path 15 branches off to the left, we keep to the left the 15B ascending towards the Croda Rossa (30 'from the mountain station of the chairlift).
We climb a stretch of steep path until we reach a vertical jump that we go up with some metal stairs. The first ladder is the longest, then more follow some shorter helping us to quickly gain altitude. We proceed uphill on screes until we reach some some aided rocks that we go up to one saddle where a path leads to the left. We are near a terrace where we meet some remains of barracks from the First World War. We proceed straight downhill to then climb up to meet new remains of the Great War.
The easiest descent takes place on the same route as the ascent (2h 45' from the summit - 5h 45' total).
Alternatively, you could go down the Ferrata del Castelliere which shares the last few meters before the summit with the Ferrata dei Costoni. Going down to the saddle instead of going down in a northerly direction, we will proceed in a southerly direction going down towards Passo della Sentinella. This ferrata is more demanding than the Ferrata dei Costoni and it may be advisable to follow it uphill.
The Ferrata dei Costoni of Croda Rossa is the simplest itinerary among those aided that reach the Croda Rossa. At times it is exposed but never particularly difficult and its aided sections are also suitable for beginners and people with reduced experience of via ferrata. Beware of snow which, in some places, is still present even late in the season as the prevailing exposure to the north.
The Ferrata dei Costoni of Croda Rossa extends under a peak that is also reached from the Via Ferrata Zandonella and from the Ferrata del Castelliere, both more demanding than the ferrata subject of this report. Still in the area of Sesto Dolomites we meet other wonderful aided routes, including the Strada degli Alpini, the Ferrata Roghel, the Ferrata to the Cengia Gabriella and the recent Ferrata Saverino Casara.
Approach: 0:45 h
Ferrata: 1:30 h
Itinerary: 5:45 h
Via Ferrata gap: 400 m
Route difference: 1090 m
Max altitude: 2939 m
Length: 7.3 Km
Mountain Group: Dolomites of Sesto