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World War One in the Dolomites: Via Ferrata and Trekking

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The front line of World War One (WW1) cut the Dolomites in diagonally. Along the ruins of the mountain front we can do adventurous hut to hut trekking and climbing via ferratas. These proposals are impressive for every person, from easy hikers to experienced climbers.

The first via ferrata in the Dolomites was built for the military exigence on the First World War (WW1). During the World War One the front between the Austrian-Hungarian Imperial Troops and the Royal Italian Army was along the Dolomites areas with a diagonal complex connection, from peak to peak, along the highest elevations mountains of the crest line.

Via Ferrata Dolomites on the World War One   Via Ferrata Dolomites on the World War One

During the World War 1 in the Dolomites more of hundred via ferrata and thousand kilometers of paths was built in verticals and exposed big walls, the reason was to carry at the top of the peaks: soldiers, weapons, munitions and tons of supplies. Today many of these via ferratas are restructured and we can climb these front line vertical paths, with these impressive protected climbing paths originals of the World War One.

Every hiker can walk in treks on the military paths and climb these via ferrata with the help of a mountain guide. Climb the via ferrata of the World War One in the Dolomites in one articulated trekking is a unique experience! Don't worry, think that every soldier had a twenty kilogram of backpack on these via ferratas and climbed under the enemy artillery fire. Today you can climb it sure in softer situations! Don't worry, you can do!

But if you prefer we can have a simple hiking tour in form of a hut to hut trekking. Personally I suggest a combination of trekking with the climbing of some World War One via ferrata in the Dolomites, it's sure the most complete experience!

Read the programs and stories below: 



Easy Trekking and Via Ferrata for all people




The great Via Ferratas of the Marmolada mountains




Trekking hut to hut and/or Via Ferratas tour in the Pasubio mountains




One day at the Via Ferrata of Cima Capi - Garda Lake





Trekking hut to hut in the wild mountains of Lagorai 




Watch my others programs for via ferrata in the Dolomites:

Via Ferrata for total beginners

A dedicated soft program for not trained people without hiking experience. Yes... why can do! Logically with a moderate program.

Via Ferrata for family

A tailor made program for families with kids, short and easy via ferratas, a pure enjoy for kids and terrified moms.

Via Ferrata trek in the Central Dolomites

The most classical via ferrata trekking, hut to hut, in the Dolomites in modular form: from 2 to 10 days

Via delle Bocchette (Western Dolomites)

The famous 3-5 days traverse of the Brenta group along the concatenation, hut to hut, of the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette.

Via Ferrata Cortina (Eastern Dolomites)

A modular program dedicated at the via ferrata around the Cortina area, from the easiest to the most difficult, the complete range of Via Ferrata of Cortina.

Via Ferrata trek in the Pale di San Martino (Southern Dolomites)

A long distance concatenation of via ferratas, hut to hut, in the Pale di San Martino, for trained hikers. 

Via Ferrata trek in the big walls of the Civetta (Southern Dolomites)

The most difficult via ferratas trek of the Dolomites, great walls, longest via ferratas, all for a unique experience!

Via Ferrata in winter, autumn, and spring at Garda Lake

The program dedicated at the winter, autumn, or spring possibilities. This modular program open a new reallity to climb via ferrata all round year.