We missed the signs on the walk up. It was only when we got to the big red one lying on the rockface after the first short section of La Resgia via ferrata that we realised we would have to abandon. Birds and nature are not to be tampered with and the sign made it clear that we would be doing so if we proceeded. We were not to be there until the 1st July – two days hence – on account of nesting birds. (Perhaps they were on some sort of timed evacuation.) We departed sadly.
On the way down we met two Swiss folk who told us the fine was 300 CHF. They kept going regardless. Perhaps their Swissness was protection enough.
Fortunately, as you know by now, there was plenty to keep us occupied in the intervening time and we returned on the allotted day.
It is a great via ferrata for three reasons: the variety of hardware, the waterfall that runs alongside and the fact that the horrible bit up and around the slightly overhanging arête where the holds were just a little too far apart for me, does end.
A ladder glints as if beckoning one to a new land – which it sort of is.
The small cable net at the bottom foreshadows the larger one to come.
The equation is: exercise + enjoying nature at height = reason for via ferrata. A huge wooden bench near the waterfall allows one to clip in and indulge the second factor.
The vertical face scattered with rungs is a doddle.
As always, the close views were as inviting as the broad ones.
At the top, there’s a little grove of education. Each board provides information about a native animal.
The fifteen minute walk to the restaurant and chairlift is the most strenuous part of the venture but is punctuated by a ‘babbling brook’ and bright flowers.
It’s a bit of a walk back to the car but the route through town echoes the vibrancy of the mountain.
Pontresina is forty minutes south of Bergun and about eleven from St Moritz. Park south of Hotel Palu on the southern edge of the town in the paid parking area adjoining the large business premises. The walk-in begins across the road.