An easy ferrata: Ra Pegna
It is a straightforward ferrata created ad hoc for users taking on this type of route for the first time, a sort of gym and suitable for children, too, as long as they are accompanied by experts and roped on.
The term Ra Pegna is the Ladin translation of zangola, a cylindrical or conical wooden recipient used to churn up cream and transform it into butter. Now supplanted by industrially made butter, the zangola was commonplace in the farms and rural buildings of northern Italy until the mid-20th century.
The cream was poured into the cylinder which was sealed with a disk and plunger and then churned up with the plunger. Butter making required a few hours of continual churning.
The “Ra Pegna” and “Ra Bujela” (needle, once again in Ladin) rock towers rise up at the foot of Punta Anna and the Pomedes tower in the Tofana massif.
It is Main Dolomite for the most part and dates to the Triassic. As far as the environmental sustainability of the equipped routes of Ra Pegna and Ra Bujela are concerned, they are ultra-low environmental impact requiring very limited earth movements and no tree cutting and can easily be removed allowing the place to be returned to its natural state.
Description of Ra Pegna, an easy ferrata
The Ra Pegna via ferrata, like that of Ra Bujela, is a valid alternative to the longer or more challenging routes on mixed weather days when the area’s other ferratas are not safe (see ferrata Olivieri alla Punta Anna, ferrata alla Tofana di Mezzo, sentiero Olivieri).
Those who wish the link the Ra Bujela via ferrata with sentiero Olivieri should take the chairlift, do the two ferratas and then descend to Col Drusciè by cable car. From here return on foot to Piè Tofana in 15 minutes.
This via ferrata climbs along the rock face’s weak points and gets you to the peak ridge in a short time. From the ridge, after a short downhill section on a straightforward 4 metre approx. rung ladder you reach the footpath which takes you back to the valley or to Rifugio Pomedes which is just above you.
From Rifugio Duca d’Aosta reach the start of the ferrata in less than 10 minutes.