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Via Feratta Ivano Dibona

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Walks and Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

Ivano Dibona is supposed to be the most popular via ferrata in the Dolomites. The ferrata is accessed via the Rio Gere lift system, which is situated on the SS48 between Cortina and Passo Tre Croci. There are two separate lifts. The lower is a conventional four person chair lift. The second is an unusual two person pod lift. Some agility is required to get in and out of these if they carrying two people.

At the top of the lift system there is Refuge Lorenzi and access to two via ferrata. Marino Bianchi is a grade 2 ferrata that will take about four hours to complete. The starting and ending point for the route is Refuge Lorenzi. Almost all of the route is via ferrata.

Ivano Dibona is also a grade two and should take about eight hours to complete. The ending point for the route is Refuge Ospitale on the SS51. This is a considerable distance from Rio Gere, but there are buses from Cortina to Rio Gere, and from Ospitale to Cortina.

The famous suspension bridge is very close to the start of Ivano Dibona, and can be seen from Refuge Lorenzi. The route is almost entirely downhill and is generally well waymarked. Only about 500 meters of the route is actually via ferrate. On the way you will pass a number of fortifications from the First World War.

Via Ferrata of the Italian Dolomites: Volume 1 by John Smith and Graham Fletcher. Published by Cicerone, UK. ISBN1 85284 362 4.

Casa Editrice Tobacco 1:25,000 map number 3, Cortina D’Ampezzo.


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