The Astaldi Aided path is an easy aided path that runs along the basal ledge on the southern slope of Punta Anna in the Tofane. The itinerary is remarkably scenic and does not present any particular technical or physical difficulty, making it ideal even for a half-day trip.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Dibona Hut (2083 m) which can be reached by an asphalt road that branches off from the road that connects Cortina d'Ampezzo to the Falzarego Pass. Going up from Cortina towards Passo Falzarego we follow the road to the right that leads to the Dibona Hut with directions. Avoid the saddle on the right along the road that leads to the Duca d'Aosta Hut. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the parking lot of the Dibona Hut we will notice towards the east the path 403 that leads to the Rifugio Giussani. We follow this wide path that goes along the valley that separates the impressive southern wall of the Tofana di Rozes left with Punta Anna on the right. We continue uphill until we find a track that comes off the mule track near a sharp curve to the left. Our goal will be to travel the south face of Punta Anna. We then climb on a detrital slope until we reach a brow beyond which the panorama in front of us completely changes. We follow the trail ascending towards the rocky bastion under which, a right of an artificial hole in the rock, begins the Astaldi Aided path (45 'from the Dibona Hut).
The Astladi Path crosses a geological formation called traversely Raibl formation that alternates colors in a beautifully colored environment. Let's start the journey going down a few meters in a groove up to grab the first wire rope that assists us in traveling the ledge where it is exposed. We continue on the path meeting some passages where the ledge widens and is not protected. Near a rocky roof that we bypass the ledge it narrows again and to cover this exposed passage. The ledge continues and in some places it is necessary to go down to pass under the rocky roof where the path extends. Continuing along the ledge we reach a couloir that interrupts the route. We have to climb it using the sleepers placed in the route to make the bottom less slippery.
Once up the gully we cover one new ledge which is more exposed of the previous one with below us the typical red stratifications of this area. We go around a corner and find ourselves facing the most insidious passage of the route. We have to go up a gully with a rather unstable ground that is not aided. The transition is short and does not present particular difficulties for those who have a firm footing and experience. However, a slip should be avoided. After the canal we meet a short one traverse on metal brackets beyond which we walk a new gully which is always insidious because of the detrital bottom.
We are now in thelast section of the route. The ledge is wider and in long stretches not protected. We go down one last stretch and reach thelast stretch of aided ledge before ending the Astaldi Path near the Path 421 which connects the Dibona Hut with the Pomedes Hut (1h 15 from the start - 2h total).
It is possible to return immediately to the car park along the Sentiero 421 keeping to the right. The trail is simple and in just over 30 minutes between rocks and conifers leads us to Dibona Hut (2h 15 'total). From the junction it is possible to reach the Pomedes hut (10 ') from which many trips can be undertaken on this area of the Dolomites.
The Astaldi Aided path is wonderfully scenic and presents modest difficulties mainly stretching out in the ledge. The only steps to pay more attention to are two unprotected detrital couloirs in which the debris is not totally stable. Absolute need for the helmet both for possible fall of debris material and for the rocky roofs with low stretches on which extends the ledge.
The Astaldi Path is a connection point between the east and west sides of Punta Anna. It can be covered in more articulated itineraries in the Tofane area. On the west side of Punta Anna you reach the Giussani Hut, a point of support for aided itineraries including the Via Ferrata Lipella to the Tofana di Rozes or the Ferrata at the Scala del Meneghel. On the eastern side of Punta Anna we meet in a rapid succession the Ferrata Olivieri, the Via Ferrata Aglio to Tofana di Mezzo and finally the Ferrata Formenton. Simpler in the lower part of the Ampezzo valley we meet the Aided path Olivieri, the Ferrata Ra Bujela and the Via Ferrata Ra Pegna.