Review of the Aided path Pojesi al Carega. The aided path has been recently renovated and offers, although with limited difficulties, a varied trip in a beautiful context. The itinerary is quite long if you include the Carega climb but it is definitely satisfying and recommended. A few passages of medium difficulty but pay attention to the unstable background on which many passages develop.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Revolto Hut (1355 m). To reach the hut you have to go up the Val d'Illasi. Coming from the south, exit the A4 at Verona Est or Soave and reach Selva di Progno. Go past it until you reach a saddle where you will keep your right, still climbing up the valley to reach Giazza. In the village we stay on the main road passing a wide hairpin bend to the left. We stay on the road and continue for about 7 Km along the road, sometimes narrow but always well paved, until we reach the Revolto Hut. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the Revolto Hut we will have to reach the Rifugio Pertica Pass (1530 m). You can reach the pass either with the forest road that starts from the barrier where the road ends or by a path that cuts through the road in the woods and leads you to the pass (20 'with a forest path - 30' with forest). From the Hut we follow the trail and the slabs which indicate to proceed towards north-west following for the Pojesi Aided path that begins in a few minutes of approach on an easy path near a aided ledge (30 'from the parking lot).
The Pojesi Aided path begins with aexposed but comfortable aided ledge to the left. We travel the ledge crossing some walkways, short rocky jumps and steps along the path without difficulty in this section. Let's go up one short metal ladder and we continue along the aided ledge separated with a short uphill stretch on a gravel bed after which we reach a airy but a short traverse. We cover the left side of the foot using some brackets and pegs as a support for the feet. We go around an edge and, after some changes, let's go along one new gangway which soon brings us back to the ledge. Let's proceed on the path in slight descent on a slightly unstable ground until you reach a new traverse this time devoid of change but short and easy. We continue by addressing a short downhill stretch aided with brackets and we continue on the path bending to the right uphill now without protections ending the first stretch of the ledge of the route.
Let's start now second stretch of the long ledge. We reach a short vertical jump of 4 meters which we ascend and then we begin a series of jumps and aided boulders separated with short stretches of connection. This is the first truly climbing section of the Pojesi aided path from the beginning. We end this stretch and continue on the path until we reach a new aided stretch: a chimney where the cable runs to the left while on the right side there are solid brackets that we use to climb it without any particular problems. We go out on the rather leaning high part of the chimney and we continue on the aided path in constant but not difficult climb. We continue without significant steps up to a section of aided descent of about fifteen meters: the upper section is composed of a short wall always aided with brackets, then some rocks and finally we go down a short and not difficult couloir until we resume the downhill path on some steep ones wooden steps. After the steps we continue downhill facing a short stretch aided with brackets and a subsequent stretch of vertical climbing on very tight rock. Now we continue downhill on a path among pines, pines and screes with short stretches aided in the exposed stretches and to be climbed off.
End the descent section and the following link section bringing us under a beautiful vertical wall aided. We start by climbing up the rock well aided with either change with natural grips going up about twenty meters going out diagonally on a flight of steps with mixed rock and mountain pines. We continue the path with easy rocks and, still following the red and white signs, we reach the book of signatures. Despite the book of signatures, the aided climb has not ended. We continue now inside an aided gully. The climb is easy and only in some cases we have to refit some rocky jumps and rocks along the gully, however with limited difficulties up to the upper part where, remaining on the left side, let's get out of the slot also using some pegs. Leaving the gully we climb a beautiful vertical wall of about thirty meters again using changing and abundant natural holds. We leave the wall bending to the right and taking us to a new aided groove. We go up along the crack remaining possibly on the right side in split despite the rope running on the left side of the crack. In the upper part of the groove we meet new metal fittings that support us in the progression. This groove is definitely climbing along its entire length, also thanks to the brackets present. Finish the groove and go up a wall resting on the right side.
Let's now take a path with some rocks separated with not difficult passages and mountain pines. We continue on the path that now runs over the gully and ascends to the left. We cover some short stretches of aided path and the Pojesi Aided path ends grafted onto path 108 (2h 30 'from the start - 3h from the parking lot).
From the crossroads it is possible to return to the right taking the Rifugio Pertica (approx. 1h 15 ') or go left towards Rifugio Fraccaroli then to Carega. Continue towards the Carega, then we walk along a ridge path on a large track which allows you to enjoy a beautiful view and then you reach the Fraccaroli Hut (2230 m - 45 'from the end of the via ferrata - 3h 45' from the parking lot) and then hike using a steep path to the nearby Carega peak (2259 m - 4h total).
From the summit of Carega we descend along the path after the via ferrata. We reach the junction between the Aided path Pojesi and the 108 and we continue on the path 108 that leads us without difficulty before to the Pertica Hut and then, for the path approached in the approach, to the parking lot at the Revolto Hut (2h from the Carega summit - 6h Total).
The Pojesi Aided path has been recently renovated and the conditions of the wire rope, window frames, walkways and more generally of the path are excellent. The recent renovation has modernized the route and added artificial grips, making all the steps moderately difficult. With the exception of three passages (the traverse in the initial part and the two couloirs in the final part) we can consider the itinerary of easy difficulty.
A couple of environmental aspects to consider:
The Pojesi Aided path extends in an area rich in aided itineraries. From the Pertica Hut there is also the short itinerary that goes up the vertical and exposed Ferrata Biasin. Also from the Pertica Hut the trip to the Ferrata Campalani which leads to the Carega Hut. Extending the itinerary, it is possible to descend in the direction of Monte Obante where the road climbs Ferrata del Vajo Scuro as well as moving in the direction of Gramolon you can follow the Ferrata Viali and the Ferrata Ferrari. Proceeding north instead in the direction of Pasubio we meet the Aided path of Monte Cornetto and Falcipieri Aided path at 5 peaks. From Pian delle Fugazze it is also possible to undertake the Aided path Baglioni.
Approach: 0:30 h
Ferrata: 3:30 h
Itinerary: 6:00 h
Ferrata height difference: 700 m
Route difference: 908 m
Max altitude: 2260 m
Length: 15 Km
Mountain Group: Vicentine Pre-Alps