South side – Via Soldà ****

FIRST CLIMBERS: 
Gino Soldà, Hans Kraus, 1959

FIRST REPETITION: 
Gianni Gianeselli,
Giorgio Garna, 1966

SECOND REPETITION: 
Gianni Costantini,
Roberto Lagunaz, 1966

FIRST WINTER CLIMB: 
E. Ferrazzuto, R. Liberato,
G. Verrati, 1969

FIRST SOLITARY: 
Renato Bien, 1977

FIRST WINTER SOLITARY:
Pier Angelo Verri

DEVELOPMENT: 350 m circa
DIFFICULTY: TD+ R2; 6°

 

ESTIMATED TIME: 5 ore
EQUIPMENT:
standard equipment

IDEAL PERIOD:
may-october

Classic itinerary, very nice and popular, that rises the harsh vertical slab wall characterized by two dark coulees that marks it. In terms of bravery, logic and beauty of the climb is surely one of the greatest climbs given by Gino Soldà. The south side of Pala delle Masenade, vertical and visually without subsidence points, inculcates still today to the climber an anxious sensation and profound respect. The climb is bolted: our advice is to bring some pitons anyway, in case of necessity. Pay attention in the final part (over the higher ledge) where it is easy to confuse the original path with the exit of the “Sergio Arban” and the “Marsanga” paths, sharply more challenging.

ACCESS
From Rifugio Carestiato, following Alta Via n.1 towards Rifugio Vazzolèr, in a few minutes you will get to the long scree that descents under the wall. Hardly following the scree with his clear track you will easily get to the base of Pala delle Masenade. A great landslide fallen off from a forepart in autumn 2010 is ruinously descented on the scree (please ask for information to Rifugio Carestiato about the possibility of this access). Alternately, ascend along Ferrata Costantini crossing with some difficulty at the base of Pala delle Masenade (0:40 h).

START POINT
At the center of the great rocky amphitheatre of Masenade, that forms a grey dihedral rightwise sloped.

DESCENT
Reached the large detrital upper ledge you will cross towards right getting to Ferrata Costantini, that rapidly brings back to Rifugio Carestiato (1h). Alternately, with a longer path, you can pass through the ledge towards left and go down along comfortable banks on the rocks of Scalet delle Masenade, with the track marked by red signs (2h to Rifugio Carestiato).