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Via Ferrata Colodri - Colt

Arco
Category
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
1:15
Duration in hours
Distance
1.2
Distance in km
Status
open
WSEN
Suggested period
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Easy route up the east wall of Monte Colodri alongside the overhangs, with a spectacular view on the Valley of river Sarca. A classic of Garda Trentino! 

The east face of Colodri witnessed the birth of free climbing in Arco in the seventies and eighties when the first modern routes were freed and it became a reference  point for the first climbers.

The bolted trail was created as a descent trail for the hundreds of climbing teams that scale the sheer walls.

It is easy to get to, relatively simple and has a handy descent trail which makes it the perfect place for anyone approaching the vertical world for the first time. In fact it has quickly become the most popular via ferrata in Garda Trentino for beginners and families.

Put on your helmet, harness and ferrata set, and in a few minutes from Prabi you are at the start of the ferrata. After a section with cable and steps, you come to a smooth wall which is the baptism by fire for the absolute beginner: the rungs and safety cable will help you overcome any fear. Shortly before the top there is one last vertical stretch fitted with rungs for an exciting finish.

From the summit of Monte Colodri the view stretches from the Castle rock over the entire vale of Garda Trentino. 

Further information and useful links

Facing a via ferrata requires knowledge of the right technique of progression and some training. If you want to try out this experience for the first time or check the use of the via ferrata set, we recommend that you contact one of our mountain guides: Guides – Via ferratas with the experts 

For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444

 

Route info
Intermediate
Route number
Distance
1,2 km
Duration
1 h 15 min
Altitude difference (+)
359 m
Altitude difference (-)
74 m
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
93 m
Suggestions

In 1986 the Colodri wall was the venue for the first edition of Sport Roccia which would later become  RockMaster.

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice.
  6. Use proper safety gear (helmet, harness, ferrata kit with double self-locking carabiners and energy absorbing systems). Put on your helmet once you get near to the wall in case of rock falls.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one carabiner is clipped on to each safety cable.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. Wear clothing and hiking boots suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route and ferrata gloves.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts, where there are no cables.
  11. Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather.
  12. Carefully evaluate the crowding conditions and the state of preservation of the safety gear on the via ferrata. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for undertaking a via ferrata safely and responsibly.

Emergency telephone number 112.

 

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Arco - Prabi
Directions

Access

In Prabi take the trail in front of the car park of the municipal swimmingpool, which leads you to the foot of Monte Colodri and in a few minutes to the start of the ferrata.

Ascent

The start of the via ferrata is located at the top of the boulder cone at the base of the east wall of Mount Colodri. After an initial easy equipped ledge, the route ascends by crossing to the left along ledges interspersed with short vertical walls equipped with fixtures, until reaching the base of a tall vertical wall. It then crosses to the right, at the base of the tall wall, until reaching a vertical corner (1) equipped with brackets and a short ladder. This leads to a smooth, equipped slab (2) where it rejoins the original path. The climb continues obliquely to the left along the equipped slab with pegs and then a fracture that cuts across the rock face until the final ledge. After overcoming the vertical corner equipped with brackets (3), the route exits the wall and along slabs rich in karstic incisions, reaches the summit cross.

Return

From the summit follow the Sentiero dei Lecci trail and head downto Laghel. Then continue to Arco town centre.

 

VARIATIONS OF THE CLIMB COLODRI FOR MOUNT COLT

From the cross of Monte Colodri go north until you arrive at the cliffs. Continue along the bolted trail (there are security wires to hold on too), that goes down westwards until the SAT431 trail and follow the path until you reach the hills just before the peak of Monte Colt, staying close to the pylon. Go down along the path east of Monte Colt: this wired path is not technically difficult, but it is exposed and requires climbing equipment such as boots, harness, helmets. There is a metal ladder to enable you to climb the last rock, before the descent towards Malapreda. Return to Prabi via Ceniga.

public transportation

The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

 

How to get there

A22 motorway, exit: Rovereto Sud - Lake Garda. Then SS240 in the direction of Riva del Garda/Arco. 

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.

 

Where to park

Parking in Caneve (5 minutes walk to the town centre).

Paid parking: Foro Boario, near the bridge (Via Caproni Maini) or the post office (Via Monache).

You need to wear the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you absolutely have with you on a via ferrata tour?

  • rucksack (25/30L capacity) for a day trip
  • technical mountain clothing  
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole  
  • via ferrata gear  
  • harness  
  • helmet  
  • gloves  
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)  
  • a length of rope (recommended)
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