Day 10 – Via Ferrata Che Guevara (Monte Casale)

The sun was out and so were we. At the crack of 8am-ish we headed off to find the Via Ferrata Che Guevara, a monster klettersteig north-west of Lago di Cavedine. It was about 1400 vertical metres of climbing with something like 1000 vertical metres of Via Ferrata. The route started near a quarry in the town Pietramurata and proved more difficult than we expected at the beginning. We were worried it might turn into something nasty later on. As we rounded a corner Frauke spied what looked like a rope running up through sheer cliffs. Oh no, we were not sure what to do but as we approached we discovered it was a power cable. Thankfully the hardest sections were at the beginning and it wasn’t long until we were romping up the cliffs.

Taping up fingers (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize Frauke looks up at the cliffs (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize Climbing the klettersteig (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize

Above left: Taping of fingers. The combination of steel wire and sweaty hands caused by the intense heat lead to blisters. We stopped a couple of times along the way to tape our fingers. Above middle: Frauke surveys the route-to-come. Above right: Chris and Frauke tackle the next section.

It really was a sweat-fest and we were guzzling water at a rapid rate. We were happy once we finished the last section and reached the top. It was a little strange. We expected a rough rocky summit with perhaps an Italian flag but instead we came out of the trees onto a vast manicured lawn. At one edge there was someone doing yoga and another relaxing on a rug. Bizarre. We descended by another route and rode back to Torbole. Another good day out.

Cris reaches for ladder (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize Klettersteigers 2 (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize On the cross at the top (Lago di Garda, Italy) resize

Above left: Cris reaches for a ladder half-way up the climb. Above middle: The gang. Above right: We made sure we climbed to the highest point on the mountain.