Meisules Via Ferrata

One of the oldest fixed-rope routes of the Dolomites leads from the Passo Sella to Mt. Piz Selva.

The via ferrata of the Meisules (or Mesules - Pössnecker Klettersteig, in German) is one of the highlights of the Dolomites and our destination on this September day. We drive to the Passo Sella pass and hike on the path no. 649 at the feet of the Sella Towers to the entrance of the via ferrata.

The start is already crowded, we have to wait before climbing up the vertical rock face. The first 250 metres of altitude difference are the most demanding part of the fixed-rope route. The route secured by stairways and ropes leads through ravines and funnels. After 3 hours we reach the 2,941 m high summit of Mt. Piz Selva. Our effort is rewarded by an amazing view and a break before heading down to the Forcella Antersass ridge via the Sella High Plateau.

At the junction we follow the path to the Rif. Boè mountain hut and stop for lunch. Afterwards we continue the long descent and follow the signposts through the Val Lasties valley to turn back to our starting point on the Passo Sella pass.

Take care: due to its north-western exposition, snow and ice stay longer and the via ferrata could be cold and iced making it not accessible. It’s a long and demanding tour, mountain experience is necessary.

Author: ED

Important: if you want to do this fixed-rope route, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Passo Sella (2,240 m asl)
Characteristics: one of the oldest fixed-rope routes of the Dolomites, uniquely-located and with beautiful panoramic view
Altitude difference: 1,040 m
Exposition: NW
Level of difficulty: C/D, 2
Secured: medium
Start: 0.5 hours
Descent: about 3 hours
Climbing time: 6.5 hours (in total)
Best time of the year: July - Sept
Please note: can be overcrowded, especially at the weekends
Suitable for families: for kids from 16 years
Experienced in: September 2012
Further information: Val Gardena tourist board, phone: +39 0471 777777, info@valgardena.it

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