La Ferrata Masarè is a wonderful itinerary that runs along the south side of the ridge between Punta Masarè and Roda da Vael. The proposed itinerary starts from the Paolina Hut reachable from Carezza in the province of Bolzano via convenient cable car. The itinerary is of medium difficulty although some points require more attention and commitment when going downhill.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Paolina Hut (2125 m) which can be reached via the Paolina Cableway from the town of Carezza near the Passo di Costalunga in the province of Bolzano. Once you reach Carezza, you can park in the large parking lot available near the skilifts.
From Rifugio Paolina to start the ferrata we will have to reach the Roda da Vael Hut (2283 m). From the Rifugio Paolina we keep to the right in a south-eastern direction the CAI 539 path that climbs without excessive slope. We graft onto the CAI 549 which runs halfway up and soon we reach the monument to Christomannos - to which we owe the first Alta Via that connected Bolzano to Cortina. The view from the vantage point of the Val di Fassa on the Latemar and on the Marmolada in front of us. We remain on the CAI 549 that on a comfortable and wide path leads us to reach the Roda di Vael hut slightly downhill (45 'from Rifugio Paolina).
From the Rifugio Roda di Vael we continue uphill slightly to the left where we meet a first saddle: on the right the CAI 541 runs halfway up the hill, we continue straight uphill following the signs for the Ferrata Masarè. In short we reach a second saddle: on the right go up to Roda da Vael, we will keep to the left to take the Ferrata Masarè uphill. You continue uphill on clear traces and we reach the start of the via ferrata after a saddle that puts us again on the slope of the Paolina Hut (45 'from the Roda di Vael Hut - 1h 30' total)
It is also possible to take the route from Val di Fassa. In this case one could start from Vigo (indications here), going up with the cableway to the Ciampedie Hut and via the CAI path 545 to reach the Roda di Vael Hut (1h 15 'from the mountain station of the Vigo-Catinaccio cable car).
Let's now walk a beautiful one panoramic ledge at altitude followed by a couple of slightly exposed and unaided steps, including an easy chimney. These stretches do not present significant difficulties but in the case of damp rock they must be traced more carefully. We will now have to descend a long aided chimney. If you have traveled the Ferrata Masarè in this direction, this section is technically the most difficult. We will have to be careful to make good use of the various natural and artificial grips paying attention to the narrow spaces in which we will have to pass.
At this point we descend on some aided rocks that do not present any difficulty until we reach a saddle beyond which we ascend on the opposite side. We now walk along some sections composed of an aided path and rocks until a new vertical line descends. Now we cover a stretch of ledge and a traverse exposed after which it is possible to admire the ridge just traveled. We go through a series of steps downhill to which they follow two chimneys well appigliati. The Ferrar Masarè is about to end after a long stretch of ledge where the cable is used as a handrail we reach the point of Finestra Tower (1h 30 'from the start) where we will have two options to complete our itinerary:
We continue downhill to complete the Ferrar Masarè. We cover a new stretch of easy unprotected ledge that leads us to anarrow slit in which we will descend with one ladder. We go down a vertical wall and with it the equipment ends (2h from the start - 3h 30 'total). We now walk down the obvious path to the junction following the approach. We will descend to the Roda di Vael Hut and from there backwards along the path leading to the outward journey to the Paolina Hut (5h total).
drive up the Ferrata Roda di Vael that leads to the eponymous peak (1h from Torre Finestra) and then descend to Passo del Vajolon (45 'from Roda di Vael) and then left downhill to Rifugio Paolina (45' from Passo del Vajolon -4h from the start - 5h 30 'total). For the Ferrata Roda di Vael report, click here.
The report presented here goes up the ferrata in a clockwise direction. It is often presented in the opposite direction and even the signs seem to favor that sense. We walked the ferrata in a clockwise direction mainly for two reasons: the first part of the ferrata path in a clockwise direction would have to be covered - if traveled in the opposite direction - downhill and this section would be more difficult. Furthermore, by following the via ferrata in this direction it is possible to easily combine the Ferrata Masarè with the ascent to Roda di Vael with the homonymous ferrata and complete a stupendous circular route.
The Ferrar Masarè is a varied and demanding via ferrata in some passages. While not presenting technically prohibitive traits, some exposed and cramped downhill sections will be covered and this aspect will require a minimum of experience. If you decide to combine the Ferrata Masarè with the ascent to Roda da Vael we will cover a couple of further passages of sustained difficulty (near Pian del Diaol) and therefore require a minimum of experience in aided paths.
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