The Ferrata at Sass Rigais is a via ferrata that extends at high altitude and is made up of the combination of two aided routes - the east ferrata and the south ferrata. The difficulties are medium-low in both via ferratas, although the eastern ferrata has some more accentual vertical sections and for this reason it is advisable to follow it uphill. Long and tiring approach and return.
The starting point of the itinerary is the top station of the cable car that connects Selva di Val Gardena with the Rifugio al Col Raiser (2106 m). Once in Selva proceed in the direction of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena and reach the Ruecia Road where the ski lifts are. You can park in the large square in front.
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From the top station of the cable car follow the signs with directions for Sass Rigais and the via ferrata in the north-east direction with trail marker 4 in the direction of the Florence hut (2040 m) reachable in a few minutes by walking downhill along a wide cart track. From the Firenze hut we follow the path 13 that leads us direct towards Sass Rigais until you reach a junction uphill, take the Plan Ciautier (2322 m - 1h from the mountain station) where we can assess whether:
In this report we consider the ascent from the East Ferrata and descent to the South Ferrata.
I then took the right saddle and climbed the detrital walloon that separates Sass Rigais from Furchetta, we reach the saddle that separates them (2696 m - 1h 15 'from Pian Ciautier - 2h 15' total) reaching a point with a view over the Val di Funes on the opposite side. At this point we will keep the left to get on the clear track east slab of Sass Rigais following some red signs until you reach the saddle where the ferrata begins (2800 m - 2h 30 'total).
The ferrata start by climbing some rocks which offer excellent grips for hands and feet using the cable only as a self-insurance. We gain height, let's skip a crack and we face a ramp to the left until we reach a vertical point in which we initially face a short traverse left on some simple nails look at climb vertically on wide and solid brackets. Let's now proceed to one again long series of rocks that do not present difficulties before going to the right a rocky gully. Once out of the groove we see the top cross straight to us. We are in final section of the East ferrata. We climb a series of rocky leaps alternated with easy rocks and we are on the summit ridge that leads us to the summit cross of Sass Rigais (3025 m - 1h from the start - 3h 30 'total).
After enjoying a well deserved rest and a magnificent panorama, we now begin the descent along the Southern Ferrata. We head towards south along one summit ridge at times not protected after some rocks. Let's proceed now for one long series of rocks, inclined rampsee rocky leaps of medium-low difficulty with which we quickly lose altitude up to graft into a trail with which we descend steeply. We reach a another rocky leap where we alternate one descent on a ramp with a more vertical jump near one wooden walkway where we can say the equipment ends and with it the Southern Ferrata and more generally the Ferrata at Sass Rigais (1h from the summit - 4h 30 'total).
We go down to the valley along a gravelly valley into direction of Pian Ciautier where on the outward journey we had opted for the right saddle. We have the option to descend via a shortcut to Col Raiser keeping the right at a crossroads. Return about 1h - total approx 6h.
The Sass Rigais via Ferrata is a medium difficulty via ferrata that takes us on a 3000 that characterizes the Odle Puez group. The combination of an uphill and a downhill ferrata makes it a pleasant trip even for the most experienced hiker. The approach is long and quite challenging. Attention to the altitude and to the impossibility of having escape routes that are not shod and therefore to be avoided with unstable weather. Although the report is presented with this itinerary, nothing prevents you from following it in the opposite direction as well as going down from the same ascent itinerary.
The Sass Rigais Ferrata extends in a beautiful setting in Val Gardena. From Val Gardena you can also take the Ferrate del Small and Great Cir a short distance from Selva di Val Gardena as well as in the direction of the Sella Group you could opt for the overview Ferrata Tridentina. Going up towards Passo Sella, the ascent could be made in increasing order Ferrata to the Col Rodella, the Ferrata Schuster to the Sassopiatto and the Ferrata delle Mesules at the Piz Selva.
Approach: 2:30 h
Ferrata: 1:00 h
Itinerary: 6:00 h
Via Ferrata gap: 225 m
Route difference: 870 m
Max altitude: 3025 m
Length: 9.7 Km
Mountain Group: Dolomites of Gardena