Via Ferrata del Medale

Via Ferrata del Medale

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 45.87313°N / 9.40194°E
Additional Information Route Type: Via Ferrata
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Difficult Ferrata
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40 minutes to the starting point
2 hours for the Ferrata
1 hour to come back
the difference in elevation is about 700 m (400 the Ferrata)

Getting There

Starting point is Rancio Alto, a small town just above Lecco,
To arrive there you must, from Lecco, follow the old road to Valsassina up to Malavedo and, once at the hairpin bend just after a small bridge, while the main road turns to the right, you must follow to the left (via Quarto) arriving to a small square where to park your car.
From the opposite side of the square starts the path n° 52.
Walk up till a little after the safety net and, following the marks, go along a small road on the right, at the fork turn to the left following a path leading to the Ferrata (half an hour walk)

Route Description

Corno Medale

The first stretch is almost vertical but good footholds make it not so difficult; after a cross toward right you get the first (exposed and panoramic) place to have a break.
Via Ferrata del Medale
The next one just before a difficult vertical step followed by a cross, to the right, wherefrom you must round to the right an exposed edge to get a vertical slab (metallic aids).
After few meters a cross to the right, to turn around another edge, and a diagonal climb lets you get another point of break (Madonna icon on the wall - panorama).
Via Ferrata del Medale

Straight along the wall then along a dihedral, with good grips, to get another ledge. (panorama)
A short cross to the right leads to the second edge where the difficulties become lower.
Some steps and slabs, all with good grips, footholds and, obviously, a metallic rope, lead to the last part of the route: a long dihedral and a series of vertical steps leading to the ending part of the route.
Following the metallic rope and climbing a long series of steps you get the summit Cross (1.029m)

From the summit follow the tracks rounding on the left the summital part to get the path 56 (mark on a tree).

Essential Gear

Ferrata gear: helmet is a "must"

Kit da ferrata; casco, imbrago, cordino, moschettoni e dissipatore.

External Links

a good page (in Italian)
Ferrata Medale



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