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Via ferrata Senza Confini
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On the Senza Confini via ferrata walk along the front line in the First World War

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Kötschach
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12.9372275

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The Senza Confini via ferrata follows the front line of the First World War. 2241 m is the Frischenkofel, also called Cellon. One of the many ways to climb this beautiful mountain of the Carnic Alps is the via ferrata Senza Confini, the path without limits. In addition to the experience of the mountain and nature, you will also find relics of the trench warfare of the First World War at unexpected heights.
Through the Cellon gallery, a fragment of the First World War, you can reach the Cellon shoulder, where you can find numerous bunkers and positions of the former Austrian troops. The gallery is crossed by an easy via ferrata that requires the use of a headlamp. The second motto is to dress warmly, it is cool and damp. 

It takes about 15 minutes to reach the entrance of the Senza Confini. The whole climb takes about 1.5 - 2 hours. It is also possible to climb the Oberst Gressl via ferrata (C/D about 1.5 hours). The path itself offers great easy climbing at the beginning and then leads to a strenuous slab equipped with brackets. It goes over several ridges, chimneys and cracks with difficulty levels up to D. It is deceptive that before each ridge you think you are right at the end. Do not be fooled, it goes further up than you think at first! At the end of the via ferrata, you will find the next positions of the war. This time they are Italian relics and they are only a good 15 minutes below the summit of the Cellon. 

The descent is by the normal route, "out the back", and it takes a good 2 hours to get back to the starting point. All in all, the via ferrata senza confini or without limits offers a great climbing experience, over impressive narrow ridges where it goes down left and right. The climb is partly very exposed, however, so that the wind whistles around your ears. 
With a total time of about 5.5 hours, it is a great and recommendable tour. 

We also recommend a visit to the museum in Kötschach Mauthen, which tells the story of the First World War from 1914-1918.

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Via ferrata Cellonstollen
Via ferrata Cellonstollen
On the Senza Confini via ferrata walk along the front line in the First World War
On the Senza Confini via ferrata walk along the front line in the First World War
Descent from Frischenkofel via the normal route to Plöckenpass
Via ferrata Senza Confini

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