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Mountaineering: Marmolada, Italy

Summit elevation: 10,968 feet / 3,343 meters
4 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Marmolada • Route Profile
Route Profile

Marmolada • Description

Marmolada is the highest mountain of the Dolomites, a spectacular section of the Alps. It consists of a ridge running west to east, composed of several summits. At an elevation of 10,968 feet, Punta Penia is the highest summit, followed by Punta Rocca (with an aerial tramway) and three other summits.
The West Ridge Via Ferrata is one of the oldest and most popular via ferratas in the Dolomites. The first belaying of this route with steel clamps, pins, and fixed ropes was finished in 1903.
A lift facility runs from Fedaia Lake to Pian dei Fiacconi, the starting point of the tour. The start of the via ferrata can be reached by crossing the Vernell glacier towards Forcella Marmolada. The West Ridge Via Ferrata leads up to Forcella Marmolada and continues on to Punta Penia, at times exposed.
The descent on the normal route leads down a snow field, followed by rock, followed by the Marmolada glacier.

Marmolada • Interactive Map

Marmolada • Pictures

Marmolada • Vernell Glacier
Vernell Glacier
Marmolada • West Ridge Via Ferrata
West Ridge Via Ferrata
Marmolada • West Ridge Via Ferrata
West Ridge Via Ferrata
Marmolada • West Ridge Via Ferrata
West Ridge Via Ferrata
Marmolada • West Ridge Via Ferrata
West Ridge Via Ferrata
Marmolada • Punta Penia Summit Plateau
Punta Penia Summit Plateau
Marmolada • Punta Penia Summit
Punta Penia Summit
Marmolada • View of Punta Rocca Summit
View of Punta Rocca Summit
Marmolada • Rock
Rock
Marmolada • Crevasses
Crevasses
Marmolada •  Crevasses
Crevasses
Marmolada • Marmolada Glacier
Marmolada Glacier
Photos 1-6 and 12 courtesy of my dad

Marmolada • Personal Notes

When I was 10 years old, my dad took me up Marmolada via the glacier route. Now that Lisa is 12, my dad, Lisa, and I went up the more challenging West Ridge Via Ferrata, together with a mountain guide and another client.
A few days before our tour, I climbed Fedaia Pass by bike.
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