Type: Sport, Alpine, 1000 ft, Grade III
FA: Italian Military during WWI
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Shared By: Tim Wolfe on Dec 5, 2015
Admins: Tim Wolfe, Shawn Heath

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This ferrata is an interesting place to visit as it shows how much effort man will exert in order to kill other men during war. During WWI the Italian army excavated a very steep tunnel equipped with stairs, a cable, living quarters, air vents and machine gun nests through the entire center of this mountain – aiming steeply upward to provide them with protected access to the Austrian military outposts on the ridge line and summit. They blew up the top area of the mountain but had no success in displacing their opponents. The route now serves as an interesting if easy way to descend from the summit of Piccolo Lagazuoi. We used it for descents from nearby more difficult Ferrata as our path back to the car. There are no difficult climbing sections but you should carry a headlamp and helmet (so you don’t clock yourself on the ceiling of the tunnel.) A ferrata rigging is not really needed but can be used.


Drive to Passo Falzarego and park in the large car park at the top (or wherever you desire to climb one of the many nearby routes.
Approach/Descent: Either climb a nearby rock climb or ferrata, hike to the summit on path 402—401, or pay for a one way ticket to ride the cable car to the summit. (You can also ascend the tunnel if you prefer). Once at the top of the cable car follow a path down, around and below the cable/refugio to the entrance to the tunnel. Be careful on the wet stone going down. Once you exit the tunnel (1 to 1.5 hours) pick up path 402 and wander back down the hillside and over to the parking area at the base of the cable car on Passo Falzarego.


Helmet and headlamp, gloves, optional Ferrata rigging


Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
RKM   Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
This is one of the funnest things to do on a rest day in the Dolomite's. The story behind making the tunnel just blew my mind. Jan 14, 2016
This was the actual site used in the Luis Trenker film "Die Berge in Flammen." Mar 20, 2017
Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
RKM   Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
Really fun and interesting. Apparently, it is possible to descend with just the light from an iPhone! Pretty low tech. Sep 7, 2018