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Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti (Strade degli Banditi)

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  • / Path to the entrance of Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti
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  • / The power pole serves as an orientation point for the entrance
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  • / Signpost to the entrance and back to Pregàsina
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  • / View of the Hotel Pier
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  • / Path to the entrance of Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti
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  • / Looking back at the first ledge
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  • / Ledge on the moutaineering trail
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  • / Ledge on the moutaineering trail
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  • / Exposed ledge
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  • / Ledge on the moutaineering trail
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  • / The first crux: an exposed traverse
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  • / Secon crux: a 3-meter-long rope ladder
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  • / The third crux is secured with a double steel cable
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  • / The ledge behind a stone chip protection
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  • / The ledge behind a stone chip protection
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  • / Tablet at the exit
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  • / View of Lake Garda
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  • / Lake Garda
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  • / View of Cima Capi
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  • / View of Lake Garda
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  • / View of Lake Garda from the viewing platform
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  • / View of the Strada del Ponale
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  • / View of the restaurant Ponale Alto Belvedere
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  • / Sun terrace of the restaurant Ponale Alto Belvedere
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  • / Restaurant Ponale Alto Belvedere
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  • / Restaurante Ponale Alto Belvedere menu
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  • / Inside the restaurante Ponale Alto Belvedere
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Exposed via ferrata tour along the old smugglers' path "Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti" with fantastic views over Lake Garda

This route is located passes through an area where there is road closure and is therefore also closed. Current information

closed
moderate
6.3 km
5:15 h
600 m
600 m
The panoramic via ferrata, nicknamed "Strade degli banditi" (bandit trail), was probably created by smugglers in the last century. It leads us from a platform above the Hotel Pier over partly extremely exposed ledges to the old access road to Pregàsina, the Strada del Ponale. During this trip, we always enjoy the beautiful view over Lake Garda, the city of Riva del Garda and the surrounding mountains. The path is not very demanding, but many parts of the path are not belayed, some not at all. Therefore, we can only recommend this route for experienced climbers who are not afraid of heights.

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Author
Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: August 04, 2020
Difficulty
C moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
473 m
Lowest point
164 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
NESW

Safety information

No emergency exit; no complete belay

Start

Pregàsina (475 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.850667, 10.826595
DMS
45°51'02.4"N 10°49'35.7"E
UTM
32T 641816 5079078
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Destination

Pregàsina

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our tour in the mountain village of Pregàsina. From the parking space at the Hotel Rosalpina, we follow a narrow path towards the south, which runs steadily and sometimes quite steeply downhill over several serpentines. Passing two electricity pylons we finally reach a platform. A narrow path leads down to the Hotel Pier. But we stay left and continue to the entrance of the Percorso alpinistico Massimiliano Torti that is located behind a rocky edge. Over the first ledge, we climb up. The path leads without belay directly along the steep rock face. In the further course of the path, there are numerous bolts in the wall for belay. After about one-third of the way, we come to the first crux, an exposed traverse to the right (C). Then we continue uphill until we reach a rope ladder (B/C). As the path continues, we finally reach a point where the ledge is interrupted. With the help of a double rope, we venture the step to the right (C) and thus reach the last ledge, which, like the rest of the climb, is protected from rockfall. A short time later we reach a bronze tablet marking the exit (or the entrance - the path can be walked in both directions). We continue on a narrow path that leads us downhill over a cliff. In a bend, we gain height again and finally reach a small viewing platform, from which we can already see the old Ponale street and the restaurant Ponale Alto Belvedere. We now follow a path up the rock massif that takes us in a big bend over to the restaurant. From here, you can take the path, which takes you back along the same path and then to the right along the hairpin bends of a paved road to Pregàsina in about 45 minutes. Here, the Rosalpina hotel restaurant is the ideal place to stop for a final rest.

Note


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Public transport

By bus (line 214) from Riva del Garda to Pregàsina, walking to the starting point (about 20 min)

Getting there

From Riva del Garda along the SS240 in southern direction. Shortly after leaving the tunnel, turn left onto the Strada Provinziale di Pregàsina and through another tunnel to Pregàsina.

Parking

Parking at Hotel Rosalpina

Coordinates

DD
45.850667, 10.826595
DMS
45°51'02.4"N 10°49'35.7"E
UTM
32T 641816 5079078
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Complete via ferrata equipment (climbing harness, KS-set, helmet, via ferrata gloves), safety rope is recommended because of the lack of wire rope protection on the route

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Reviews

4.3
(16)
Helmut Klement
October 18, 2019 · Community
Nicht anstrengend aber teils recht ausgesetzt! Ohne Seil nicht zu empfehlen . Schöne Aussicht
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Robert Lugmayr
October 05, 2019 · Community
ACHTUNG KEIN KLETTERSTEIG im herkömmlichen Sinn, wie man sie kennt, sondern ein alpiner Steig mit Bohrhaken. Ein Seil und Sicherungsausrüstung sollte dabei sein. Leider haben wir die Kommentare nicht durchgelesen und haben uns kurzfristig nur mit Klettersteigset für den Steig entschieden, in der Erwartung eines leichten C Steiges. Die Ausgesetztheit in der Kombination mit mieser Sicherung, war teilweise ziemlich ein Adrenalin Kick und hat nix mit einem C Steig zu tun. Die vorhandenen Seile faulen ja fast von der Wand und Bohrhaken sind teilweise locker und rostig. Alpine Vorkenntnisse und eine Portion Selbstbeherrschung sollte man haben. Ansonsten war er wunderschön, würd ihn aber nicht mehr ohne Seil zum Sichern gehen.
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Completed this Route on October 04, 2019
Andreas Pauls 
August 14, 2019 · Community
Die Beschreibung, in Kombination mit den bisherigen Bewertungen, trifft es eigentlich ganz gut: Ein ausgesetzter, häufig schlecht abgesicherter Steig, landschaftlich atemberaubend schön. Wer die Geschicklichkeit, Schwindelfreiheit und Psyche für solche Sachen besitzt, und entsprechende Erfahrung mitbringt, wird hier eine sehr lohnende Wanderrunde mit Klettereinlagen finden. Ich war heute allein unterwegs, hatte allerdings KS-Set und ein 50m-Seil dabei, das ich an einer besonders ausgesetzten Stelle auch eingesetzt habe. Ganz ohne Sicherungsmaterial würde ich die Tour nicht machen wollen, und auch niemandem empfehlen. Der Zeitaufwand ist hier übrigens sehr großzügig angegeben; mit drei Stunden kommt man hier als zügiger Geher gut aus.
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Completed this Route on August 14, 2019
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Status
closed
Reviews
Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
5:15h
Ascent
600 m
Descent
600 m
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