The Ferrata del Monte Ocone is a difficult, vertical, exposed and sometimes athletic via ferrata. The via ferrata allows for many moments of pause as the chaining of 11 towers between them connected by more or less short stretches of path. The ferrata has two variants: the variant of the Monarch at the seventh tower and the extremely difficult variant of the eleventh tower.
The starting point of the itinerary is in the road that connects Costa Valle Imagna to Valsecca in the province of Bergamo on the border with Lecco. Coming from Costa Valle Imagna, continue for just over 3 km and before a hairpin bend on the left you will notice a bulletin board with information on the route. Park the car on a clearing along the road to the right.
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From the parking place you reach the notice-board and you follow the steep path that rises in the wood. You go beyond a small building and you follow the trace until first section aided (named "Rampa Adelaide"). You climb up this grassy ramp and we proceed for a few minutes until you reach a saddle where you will noticemetal equipment of the first of the eleven towers that characterize this ferrata (20' from the parking lot).
The Ferrata al Monte Ocone is spread over 11 towers with different characteristics and levels of difficulty:
From the summit of Monte Ocone you can choose 3 options in decreasing order of difficulty:
La ferrata ha come meta la vetta del Monte Ocone e sale parallela a un sentiero che dal parcheggio interseca il CAI 571 che corre a mezza costa sotto la vetta. Questo sentiero può essere considerato sia via di fuga che ripido sentiero di rientro fino al settimo torrione. Nei torrioni successivi incontreremo altre due vie di fuga. A un certo punto della salita potremo abbandonare verso destra la via ferrata e proseguire verso la vetta con un aided path che presenta alcuni tratti esposti e non banali. Le varianti presenti sono tutte di livello di difficoltà maggiore rispetto al livello medio della ferrata (da molto difficile a estremamente difficile). Nel complesso lo sforzo fisico la rende, per chi non la affronta cercando gli appigli presenti, una ferrata molto difficile.
A note on the chain with which the via ferrata is aided. This has a rather large diameter and therefore tends in some circumstances to prevent the sliding of the carabiners. Keep this in mind during progression to avoid being in uncomfortable situations.
The last note is on the rock which is in many places compact and solid, yet quite smooth and therefore the brackets present are very useful.
In order to overcome the hard sections of this via ferrata, we reccomend you to read out article "How to temporarily take a pause in a Via Ferrata".
The Ferrata to Monte Ocone is a challenging and long enough via ferrata that requires some physical effort to be completed. If you decide to take another aided route, you could consider the Ferrata of the Madonnina del Coren about 45 minutes by car. If you decide to stay more days in the Orobic Alps you could evaluate the Via Ferrata Maurizio, the Via Ferrata Pizzo del Becco or the more challenging itinerary of the Via Ferrata Guerino Rossi at Pizzo Strinato. Similar in level to the Ferrata del Monte Ocone, we suggest the Ferrata Gamma 2 at the Resegone, the Via Ferrata Contessi at Monte Due Mani and on the Como side of Lake la Ferrata del Monte Grona.