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Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque - Rio Ruzza

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  • Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Giampaolo Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Elaborazione grafica Sveva Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata Signora delle Acque
    Photo: Giampaolo Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Along the via ferrata "Rio Ruzza", just beside the waterfall
    Photo: A. Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata "Rio Ruzza" - Ballino (TN)
    Photo: A. Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata "Rio Ruzza" - Ballino (TN)
    Photo: Ralf Stute - www.via-ferrata.de, Garda Trentino
  • / Via Ferrata "Rio Ruzza" - Ballino (TN)
    Photo: Ralf Stute - www.via-ferrata.de, Garda Trentino
  • / Ferrata "Rio Ruzza" - Ballino (TN)
    Video: Giampaolo Calzà
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A new via ferrata close to the Rio Ruzza waterfall, completed and reopened in August 2019. Now, the route is definitely more difficult and suitable for experienced climbers.

This tour is located in the area of a road block and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
moderate
5.5 km
3:00 h
293 m
292 m

Update: the via ferrata "Signora della Acque" was completed and reopened in August 2019. Now, the route is definitely more difficult and suitable for experienced and experienced climbers.

 

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Staff Outdoor GardaTrentino SO 
Updated: March 11, 2020

Difficulty
C/D moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1044 m
Lowest point
Ballino, 752 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

  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 on some routes which make progression dangerous.
  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. Rocks might fall before you get to the start of the via ferrata.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one 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 suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route: hiking boots and ferrata gloves to protect you from contact with the metal parts.
  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. If you even think you see any problems that might compromise safety, turn back and let us know about the situation at info@gardatrentino.it .
  12. Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
  13. These instructions are no substitute for the specific courses held by mountaineering associations or professional guides. Unless you have experience doing via ferratas, it is better to go accompanied by a mountain guide.

Emergency 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.

Equipment

  • 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)

Tips, hints and 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: www.gardatrentino.it

  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Ballino (754 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.965209, 10.811366
UTM
32T 640345 5091777

Destination

Sajant Waterfall

Turn-by-turn directions

Access:
From the centre of Ballino follow directions for Cascat Sajant, and in 20' you come to the foot of the waterfall and the base of the ferrata. (Put on your helmet before approaching the wall – risk of falling stones.)

Description:

A short ferrata but a strenuous and challenging one in a setting of great beauty beside the Rio Ruzza waterfall. Once you get over the first vertical stretch to the right of the waterfall (1), a series of rungs and a wire bridge (2) lead to a Tibetan bridge (3) which allows you to cross the hanging pool (4) at the foot of the main waterfall. The ferrata is not so hard so far. The second section (5) begins before the Tibetan bridge, and this is decidedly more challenging and spectacular. The ferrata leads up a long vertical rock face with a slight overhang on the right hand side of the waterfall. The vertical ascent is interrupted by short traverses on wire bridges (6). at some points the metal rungs give way to footholds cut into the rock (7).

This takes you to a ladder suspended over the drop (8) leading to the start of a typical Tibetan bridge which crosses the waterfall over 100 m above the ground. After another short stretch of rock, a second Tibetan bridge (10) leads to the final rock wall which tops out by the forest road that takes you back to Ballino.

Not suitable for beginners or children (even experienced climbers have to watch out because on some sections the safety cable is a bit too far of a stretch for younger children)

Return: 

Follow the forestry road to go back

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Riva del Garda and Ballino are served by an extra-urban bus line with infrequent journeys. For info: www.gardatrentino.it

Also, from June to September the BiciBusTrek service is active with a stop at the car park from where this itinerary departs. For info: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Ballino is about 15 km from Riva del Garda. It can be reached by taking the state road 421 towards Tenno / Terme di Comano.

Parking

Several free parking spaces are available in Ballino.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino trekking map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole

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Reviews

4.4
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Frank Fischer 
August 31, 2019 · Community
Toller Klettersteig nach der Erweiterung. Von Riva gleich am Ortseingang Parkplatz für den Klettersteig. Sehr gut gesichert. Kostet aber auch etwas Kraft. Werden in sicher nochmal machen.
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Done at August 31, 2019
Photo: Frank Fischer, Community
Photo: Frank Fischer, Community
Photo: Frank Fischer, Community
Photo: Frank Fischer, Community
Markus Decker
August 21, 2019 · Community
der Steig ist als neuer Sportklettersteig ausgebaut worden. Beginnt gleich knackig mit C Stellen hat auch einige spannende D Stellen drin. Alles andere als für Anfänger geeignet.
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Wasserfall
Photo: Markus Decker, Community
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Alfred Wolfis
August 14, 2019 · Community
de route gaat nu helemaal naar de top van de waterval. naar mijn mening een c/d route (rood / middelzwaar) Die Route führt jetzt bis zum Gipfel des Wasserfalls. Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich jetzt um eine C/D-Route (rot / mittel). the route is now all the way to the top of the waterfall, it is in my opinion a c/d route now (red / medium)
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Done at July 31, 2019
Photo: Alfred Wolfis, Community
Photo: Alfred Wolfis, Community
Photo: Alfred Wolfis, Community
Photo: Alfred Wolfis, Community
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Status
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Difficulty
C/D moderate
Distance
5.5 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
293 m
Descent
292 m
Public transport friendly Loop

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