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Ascent of Tofana di Rozes on 2017-08-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tofana di Rozes
    Location:Italy
    Elevation:10581 ft / 3225 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up from Cortina, chairlift to Rifugio Pomedes, starts at 0840 (finishes 1640), actually starts 15 mins early today. From top of chairlift a short descent to the rifugio, then signed trail descends R c. 100m then another sign R for the easy ferrata section (crossing a ledge system, impressive situation) leading to wide scree gully with huge cliffs of the two Tofanas either side, we keep R on scree to keep out of the sun, eventually gaining wide track busy with walkers.

Just before Rif Giussani we turn L past the old derelict refuge, following blue and red painted trail as it climbs gradually R across the foot of Rozes N face. Our blue trail forks L steeply uphill while the red route descends. We follow blue trail (quite a busy route) zigzagging up R on rubble and good rock, eventually reaching NW ridge where a ferrata contours in from R. Route follows ridge a short way then zigzags up R, a little sketchy and exposed in places, to reach short summit ridge with cross at S end and the highpoint a rock outcrop just N of cairn.

50 mins on top enjoying view, then down, noting possible weather change, very carefully for first 100m then mostly straightforward, arriving at Rif Giussani in about 1h30 (up was 3h30). Giussani a lovely place, wooden and traditional with v nice decor. Raining by 4pm, quite normal for this time of year but unusual for this week. A celebratory Radler shandy and a lazy afternoon, first of the week!

Tomorrow's plan is the slightly higher Tofana di Mezzo via the ruta normale (easy ferrata) then down by cable car.

Note: Getting a late pm chairlift and overnighting at Rif Pomedes it may be possible to summit all three Tofanas in a day. Or maybe not...

Tofana di Rozes photo album

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2985 ft / 909 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Aid Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2985 ft / 909 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.3 km
    Start Trailhead:7596 ft / 2315 m
Descent Statistics



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