Total ascent: 300 m
Ferrata ascent: 200 m
Altitude: 2.720 m
Time: 2 hours
Period: June to October
Getting ThereFrom Val di Fassa or Malga Ciapela drive up to Passo Fedaia and leave the car at the dam. Take path no. 698 to Porta Vescovo and the start of the ferrata (about 45 minutes to reach Porta Vescovo).
From Arabba take the cable car directly to Porta Vescovo.
(Text by planetmountain.com)
The ferrata begins up a smooth 30m slab. Climb up this to a good ledge that leads off leftwards to a further set of less steep slabs. Continue up these and on to the summit crest. The itinerary now alternates on both sides of the ridge, at times exposed but well-equipped, and on to a small bridge. Reach the Mesola summit and descend steeply to a wide saddle. Either leave the ferrata at this point by following the path south meet up with those that lead to the cable car, or proceed along the ridge. This leads through two tunnels onto the north and south face of the Mesola. The path is exposed and reaches the final steep Mesolina incline. Use the cables to climb up to the last tunnel; walk through this taking care not to chose the wrong fork and after about 300m exit onto the SE face, close to Bivacco Bontadini 2550 m.
From the bivouac take the path east rapidly down to Rif. Padon 2390m and descend along the piste south (path no. 699) to Passo Fedaia and the dam. To return to Arabba take path no. 699 north or, alternatively, the path that traverses across the south face back to Porta Vescovo