A relatively unfrequented, highly challenging via ferrata along exposed sections and cliff faces beneath Cima degli Armi. Quick return to Rifugio Pedrotti and Rifugio Alimonta from Bocchette Centrali.
The via ferrata Felice Spellini runs along the southern spur of Cima degli Armi along vertical cliff faces and ladders, which call for a good head for heights and strong arms. Four challenging ladders and 400m (1,312 ft) of cable connect Valle dei Massodi (from the Moveno side) to the hanging glacier Vedretta degli Armi (on the Madonna di Campiglio side) and on to Rifugio Pedrotti and Rifugio Alimonta for a quick return to the lodges for those who are arriving from the Bocchette Centrali route.
Although not particularly difficult, the hanging glacier may require the use of pickaxes and crampons. The access trail starts from the Osvaldo Orsi trail near the quiet, untamed Busa degli Sfulmini, from where there is a great view of the spectacular Campanile Basso and Cima Brenta Alta.
Outlets: none. Exposed, vertical itinerary for expert mountaineers in good physical shape. To be done only when weather conditions are ideal.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
From Madonna di Campiglio to Rifugio Tosa & Pedrotti:
from the southern part of Campiglio, take Vallesinella to the parking area. From here, take trail O317 to Rifugio Casinei (1,850m / 6,070 ft), then trail O318 to Rifugio Brentei (2,182m / 7,159 ft), and then trail O318A to Rifugio Tosa & Pedrotti (in 3.5 hours) via Bocchetta di Brenta (at 2,553m / 8,376 ft).
Normally you will want to book the day before taking on the via ferrata. It is also possible to do the route in the opposite direction by starting from Rifugio Alimonta, which can be reached on foot from Vallesinella in about 3-4 hours.
ParkingAmple paid parking is available in Vallesinella, although access is restricted (check summer schedule and pricing online).
Book recommendation by the author
Recommended maps for this region:
- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)
Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas
- Via ferrata set
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
- Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
- Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.