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The imposing Tofana di Rozes in the Dolomites
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Via Ferrata La Grotta di Tofana

26.05.2011 by Enrico Maioni

The Via Ferrata La Grotta di Tofana in the Dolomites, introduced by Cortina Mountain Guide Enrico Maioni.

During the mid-half of latter century the Grotta di Tofana was a highly popular outing with visiting tourists, now though it is has fallen into disuse. I believe though that the walk and ferrata remains a highly interesting outing, above all in spring when temperatures rise and hundreds of spectacular stalagmites form in the cave thanks to the water dripping from the roof.

Thanks to this natural phenomena the cave transforms into a fairy-tale, a true natural wonder. This original and natural grotto on the lower bastion of the Tofana di Rozes is one of the few caverns which have formed in Dolomia Principale and not in limestone. The grotto spirals for circa 300m and in some sections the roof is over 10m high.

The grotto is reached via a ledge which has been equipped with steel cables. Although this section presents no technical difficulties, it is nevertheless exposed and as such a via ferrata kit is highly recommended.

VIA FERRATA LA GROTTA DI TOFANA

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