The Ferrata del Centenario al Resegone is a moderate difficulty climbing route that climbs an impressive rocky rampart entering a long gully near the Fò Pass under the Resegone. The ferrata has abundant equipment, something quite unusual for the via ferratas of the Lecco area. The route is easily linked with other routes in the area.
The starting point of the itinerary is the large square from which the cableway to Piani d'Erna starts in the municipality of Barzio in the province of Lecco. Once in Lecco from the highway that connects Lecco with Ballabio and then with Valtellina, at the exit of a tunnel take the exit with clear signs for "Piani D'Erna". From there continue uphill between hairpin bends until the end of the route in the large square.
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Parked the car we will have two alternatives to reach the start of the via ferrata:
The ferrata starts at the entrance of a narrow gully. Climb a vertical wall using some brackets. You go up two vertical tears for a total of about ten to fifteen meters. Continue traversing to the right with the help of foot brackets and hang up vertically entering the groove closed between high walls of beautiful limestone. This is the most exposed section of the via ferrata. After this stretch we follow a ledge to the right and then hang up vertically.
We leave this vertical stretch, not difficult but quite exposed, we arrive at an aided path that leads us to the second part of the ferrata entering a new groove. The second part of the ferrata continues fairly vertical although the rock is more lying down than the first meters. We continue uphill along the canal, initially to its right then to its left, helped by some unusual metal bars for the feet. We continue uphill alternating some walls resting with more simple rocks always abundantly aided with metal brackets up to exit from the narrowest part of the gully and continuing on an easier aided path. We are now in the final phase of the ferrata. We face a short series of rocks and then a short wall supported by going out on the Pian Serrada. Go along a stretch of path, go up the last rocks and reach the end of the via ferrata (45' from the start - 1h 30' from the top station of the cable car).
After the Centenary Ferrata, we will immediately notice the sign for the neighbor on the right Ferrata del Caminetto (or Buco della Carlotta). The descent options are:
The Ferrata del Centenario is a via ferrata that presents - compared to others in the Resegone area - high presence of brackets to support progression. The initial part is characterized by a good exposure then one enters a gully and this sensation fades. The via ferrata does not present significant technical difficulties. Attention should be paid not to move stones along the climb as the via ferrata extends making this dangerous for hikers below. Along the way the signs of the old ascent line are clearly visible, which was certainly more demanding and spartan in the use of brackets than the current one.
As anticipated above, the Centenary Ferrata goes well with being combined with the ascent of the Ferrata Ernesto de Franco or with the descent via the Aided path of the Caminetto.
An interesting alternative is to go up to Piani d'Erna with the Via Ferrata Gamma 1 instead of by cable car. In this way, the first long ferrata links with that of the Centenary.
If you wanted to take a long route, even without going up to the Resegone, you could go up to the Piani d'Erna by cable car, go along the Centenary Ferrata, go down the Aided path of the Buco della Carlotta and then follow in the direction of Passo Foo and then embark on the beautiful Aided path of the Giumenta ridge. At the end of the aided path go down along the paths towards the parking lot (about 7h total).
If you decide to go up to the Resegone instead you can then go down the hill Aided path of Canalone Bobbio. In this case you need a good leg and attention to the long deadlines.
For the most skilled you could walk the Via Ferrata Gamma 2 al Resegone or la Ferrata del Monte Ocone on the Bergamo side of the Resegone although difficult to combine with the Ferrata del Centenario.
Approach: 0:50 h
Ferrata: 0:45 h
Itinerary: 2:45 h
Ferrata height difference: 165 m
Route difference: 200 m
Max altitude: 1450 m
Length: 8 Km
Mountain Group: Bergamo Prealps