South side – Via Decima ****
Sonia Della Santa,
Pier Costante Brustolon, 1976
Augusto Bedont, 1977
Sergio Mattei, 1977
• DEVELOPMENT: 380 m
• DIFFICULTY:TD- R2; 4° 5° 1 pass. 5°+
• ESTIMATED TIME: 5 h
standard equipment, remember to bring friends and slings for numerous tunnels
This wonderful classic itinerary now very popular is without doubt one of the most beautiful dolomitic climb, especially for the not so hard and homogeneous difficulties. The climb gets over a marked system of colanders and dihedrals with characteristic rock, sometimes smoothed by water, sometimes wrinkled and rich of tunnels. Water flowing for millennia from Scalet delle Masenade, sometimes with violence, sometimes softly, has dug and shaped the rock creating a wonderful unique alpine path. Avoid the climb after heavy rain and be careful in case of violent downpour, inasmuch on the path it pours a real waterfall. Also expect, given the great attendance of the itinerary, that in some days the overcrowding can cause some problems.
From Rifugio Carestiato or from Malga Framont, follow the path of Alta Via n.1 until you get under the wall of Scalet delle Masenade, in proximity of a flat grassy lay-by. Following the highlighted track that goes up towards right, along a little scree, you will arrive to the bouts (0:30).
Some tens of meters rightwise of the colander line where the wall descents creating a sloping plate.
The descent of the wall of Scalet is not very difficult. You will reach a grassy ledge on the top of the rocky wall and you follow it (red signs) toward west, then in the proximity of the west part of Primo Torrione dei Cantòi the path goes down (2° passage) getting to the base of the wall (0:40h)