Review of the Aided path Simone ascending to the Creton dell'Arco in the Carnic Alps near Sappada. A medium difficulty itinerary that can be easily combined with the nearby and more demanding Ferrata dei Cinquanta of the Clap.
The starting point of the route for the Ferrata Simone is the municipality of Sappada in the province of Udine. Once in Sappada we will have to move to the south side of the Piave, go past the camper parking area and park near the large open space where the paths start.
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Leave the car in the car park (approx. 1180 m) and continue on the path to reach the Sappada fishing lake. We continue on the path 317 on the orographic right of the Rio Storto and we follow the path uphill to the right on the wood towards the Passo dell'Arco. The path climbs sharply into the woods with a few bends. We ignore the track to the right (path 322) towards the Damiana Shelter which will be one of the return options. We continue uphill until we reach Passo dell'Arco (1907 m - 1h 30 'from the parking lot) with its characteristic rock arch. Already in sight of the pass, on the right there is a well-marked track that leads to the Ferrata Simone. We take this path that soon leads us to the first aided section (1h 45 'from the parking lot).
The first aided stretch we meet helps us to go up a detrital gully with sometimes unstable grassy bottom. We reach a ledge that we walk towards the rocky walls. We continue until we meet the real beginning of the via ferrata in a gorge that we go up again with the help of some metal brackets. We cover the entire gully alternating stretches aided with stretches of path with limited difficulties. Once up the gully we reach the last stretch of the aided route - the most demanding from a technical point of view. Taking advantage of some and brackets we reach a traverse to the right which, thanks to the excellent grips, can be covered without too much difficulty that leads us to the base of a chimney which is also well appealed but more demanding than the average of the passages of the route. With this passage we reach the final slope and therefore through evident trace and red and white signs we reach the Creton dell'Arco (2357 m - 1h 15 'from the beginning of the equipment - 3h total).
Upon reaching the summit of Creton dell'Arco, we have at least 2 return options:
Calling the route ascending to the Creton dell'Arco aided path is probably an understatement given a couple of challenging passages that require a minimum of athletic preparation. Regardless of the wording, this itinerary is of medium difficulty if undertaken up to the Creton dell'Arco and backwards for the ascent itinerary. The difficulty increases significantly along with physical effort if you continue up to Creton di Culzei combining it with the Fifty Ferrata of Clap. The environment in which the road extends is very satisfying, little beaten and with wonderful views over this part of the Carnic Alps.
As indicated in the report, with the right preparation the Simone Aided path can be combined with the Fifty Ferrata of the Clap, possibly also as a return from it. From Sappada they are rather close Ferrata Sartor and the Via Ferrata del Chiadenis as well as the Path of Ambros to the Cresta di Pitturina. On the Friulian side we encounter the difficult Via Ferrata del Coglians.