For this ascent we normally spend the previous night at Rifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada, which can be reached from Passo Fedaia in 1,5 hours hike. We depart the hut in the early morning and we hike west until we reach the Vernel Glacier. We strap-in our crampons and begin to climb the glacier in the direction of ‘Forcella Marmolada’; along this section there are only a few crevasses to look out for. Once we hike past the last crevasse, we hook onto the equipped section of iron cable leading to the forcella that divides the Marmolada from the Piccolo Vernel. From here we tackle the famous and long West Ridge Via Ferrata, which develops on steep slabs with breath-taking views on the Grande e Piccolo Vernel. The final section of the path runs near the ridge’s edge, overlooking the imposing south wall of the Marmolada and the Contrin Valley. This is undoubtedly a remarkable eagle’s eye view, deemed to impress every mountaineer.
Once at the top it’s a mandatory custom to enjoy a cold beer at Punta Penia’s hut before tackling the descent along the normal route.