Via Ferrata open and closed in Cortina d’Ampezzo

At the beginning of the season, some Ferrata routes are not practicable, because there is still snow up in the mountains.
Usually, you can do ferrate routes during the summer season, except in some particular conditions (see: climb the Ferrata in winter). In the following weekly updated schedule, you can check which Ferrata routes are open in the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo and which ones are still closed. Check hereunder the Ferrata accessibility.
You will also find a brief description and the degree of difficulty of the via Ferrata (read more about via Ferrata difficulty scale).
Note: guideolomiti declines any responsibility for accidents caused by erroneous interpretations or imprudent behaviors using the contents of this site.

Via Ferrata in Cortina: is there snow on the Ferrata?

LAST UPDATE: DECEMBER 2nd – 2023

WARNING: THIS PAGE IS OUT OF DATE.
DURING THE WINTER SEASON THE FERRATE ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED, ALTHOUGH SOME CAN BE CLIMBED WITH THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL PREPARATION AND THE APPROPRIATE WINTER EQUIPMENT.



Below are the Ferrata listed in order of difficulty. Click on the following link to find out more about the difficulty levels of the via Ferrata.

FIRST STEP, EASY VIA FERRATA, SUITABLE FOR KIDS AND BEGINNERS

SENTIERO ASTALDI – I ROŠ DE TOFANA

Sentiero Astaldi (Astaldi Path) is the easiest Ferrata in Cortina. It’s an equipped path that offers a magnificent view, as well as being extremely interesting from a geological point of view.
This is a great short but scenic route at the south edge of the Tofana Group, not far from Cortina D’Ampezzo.
The route is tucked in far down at the base of Punta Anna, along very colorful, slope-forming ochre-colored strata (the Raibl formation – 220 million years).
Considering that the itinerary comprises exposed sections, however wide, vertigo sufferers should avoid the route.f
Although this section presents no technical difficulties, it is nevertheless exposed, and as such a Ferrata kit is highly recommended.
Read more about Ferrata Astaldi.

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GROTTA DELLA TOFANA DI ROZES

A highly popular destination in the first half of the last century, nowadays a visit to the Tofana Cave is no longer as popular of an excursion.
I believe though that the walk and ferrata remains a highly interesting outing, above all in spring when temperatures rise and hundreds of spectacular stalagmites form in the cave thanks to the water dripping from the roof.

The grotto is reached via a ledge that has been equipped with steel cables. The Grotta of Tofana has a helical development, is about 150 meters long and its vault is even 10 meters high.
Although this section presents no technical difficulties, it is nevertheless exposed and as such a Ferrata kit is highly recommended.
Read more about Ferrata Grotta di Tofana.

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FERRATA RA PEGNA


It is a straightforward Ferrata in Cortina, specifically designed for users attempting this type of route for the first time, serving as a sort of gym and suitable for children as long as they are accompanied by experts and secured with ropes.
The term “Ra Pegna” is the Ladin translation of zangola, a cylindrical or conical wooden container used to churn cream and transform it into butter.

The Ra Pegna Via Ferrata, similar to Ra Bujela, offers a viable alternative to longer or more challenging routes, especially on days with mixed weather conditions when other Ferrata in the area may not be safe (such as Ferrata Olivieri alla Punta Anna, Ferrata alla Tofana di Mezzo, Sentiero Olivieri). Read the full description here.

Vie ferrate a Cortina - Ra Pegna

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FANES WATRFALLS – FERRATA BARBARA

This exceptionally spectacular and panoramic journey meanders through deep gorges and canyons to the confluence of the Fanes, Travenenzes, and Ra Vales valleys north of Cortina, connecting significantly impressive sites in terms of landscape and hydro-geology. The two walks beneath the Fanes waterfalls are truly breathtaking.
The sequence of potholes, rapids, and waterfalls along the course of Rio Fanes is extraordinarily beautiful, and the Cascata Bassa is among the highest and largest waterfalls in the Dolomites.

The route traverses the heart of the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Park with sections of varying difficulty levels. It can be undertaken in segments or its entirety, suitable in part for families with children, and offers numerous scenic views. Additionally, there are equipped sections with metal cables at the most exposed and challenging points.

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FERRATA RA GUSELA – NUVOLAU

An easy and brief Via Ferrata along the southeast face of Gusela, ideal for beginners or as an initial summer training experience. The route follows the natural fissures of the rock, guiding you through a crevice of weathered yet debris-free rock, thanks to the frequent passage of climbers. A metal ladder assists in overcoming a steep section, ensuring a manageable ascent.

Upon completing the initial section of the Via Ferrata, you find yourself surrounded by the lunar landscape of Mt. Nuvolau. As you approach the base of the Nuvolau, the final stretch of the Via Ferrata unfolds along the ridge, leading to the Nuvolau refuge. This excursion offers another excellent option for a brief adventure that won’t consume your entire day. Whether you’re a novice or seeking a quick escape, this Via Ferrata provides a satisfying climb amidst stunning surroundings.

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SENTIERO FERRATO OLIVIERI

The Sentiero Olivieri (Olivieri’s Path) serves as an easily equipped trail facilitating the connection between Rifugio Pomedes (2303 m) and Rifugio Ra Valles (2470 m). It’s crucial to avoid confusion between the SENTIERO G. Olivieri and the challenging FERRATA G. Olivieri.
The Sentiero Olivieri is a straightforward ferrata, offering breathtaking views of Cortina and the d’Ampezzo valley, making it a truly worthwhile exploration.

This enjoyable and concise “walk across the peaks” is perfect for those new to via Ferrata, providing an opportunity to learn the ropes on terrain that isn’t overly demanding. While traversing this path, encountering chamois is almost guaranteed. The grassy slopes above Rifugio Duca d’Aosta offer both sustenance and warmth for these agile creatures. Walking along the Sentiero Olivieri, it’s hard not to spot them at some point. Read more about Sentiero Olivieri.

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SENTIERO DEI KAISERJÄGER – MT. LAGAZUOI

The Kaiserjäger path is very scenic, but also important from a historical point of view. On 23rd May 1915, the Kingdom of Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Italian Army occupied Cortina, thus ending four centuries of Hapsburg Empire rule there. The Austro-Hungarian troops withdrew onto the Lagazuoi to defend the Badia Valley and South Tyrol. From that moment onward, the mountains of the Lagazuoi area became the theatre of an incredible war fought at high altitudes.

Despite not presenting technical difficulties, the route is quite long. Furthermore, you are at altitude, and in case of bad weather, a pleasant trip to the mountains can turn into a bad adventure, so you must pay attention to the weather forecast. This itinerary can be combined with the Anticima Tunnel, thus making a circular route.

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THE SECOND STEP, SLIGHTLY DIFFICULT FERRATA

FERRATA FUSETTI – MT. SASS DE STRIA

The Ferrata is situated on the southwest face of Sasso di Stria (2477 meters), a modest peak compared to the grand Dolomite mountains, yet offering equally breathtaking panoramas. This via Ferrata provides an easy but historically significant adventure. Via Ferrata Fusetti on Sass de Stria was established in the summer of 2018 by two teams of Alpini soldiers searching for the remains of Second Lieutenant Mario Fusetti, a recipient of the Gold Medal for Bravery.

Beyond, running parallel to the metal cord, numerous caves carved during the war signal the conclusion of the Ferrata. Continuing from this point, following well-marked trenches and winding through various nooks and crannies, a signed footpath leads you to the summit of Sasso di Stria, offering splendid panoramic views. Read more about Ferrata Fusetti on Sass de Stria.

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FERRATA MT. AVERAU

An easy-equipped trail that leads to the top of Torrione Averau. It can be linked to Ra Gusela to complete the loop of Nuvolau and Averau.

This short and easy Ferrata route begins with a chairlift from Rifugio Fedare up to Rifugio Averau. It can also be accessed from Cortina d’Ampezzo, by taking the Cinque Torri chairlift to Rifugio Scoiattoli, and walking 30 minutes to Rifugio Averau.

Once you reach the rifugio, the marked path will lead you northwards to the start of the Ferrata, which sits just below Averau’s northeast gully. From the peak of Averau, which dominates the horizon between Passo Falzarego and Passo Giau, there is a magnificent view towards Monte Pelmo, the Civetta, Antelao, Sorapis, and the not-far-off Tofana di Rozes.

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FERRATA TERZA CENGIA – POMAGAGNON

This itinerary traverses from east to west the south face of Mount Pomagagnon. Some parts are exposed, but well-equipped. A very exposed stretch leads to a pass between the Croda Cestellis and the Punta Erbing. This is the highest point of the hike. If you want to walk a few minutes more, from here it’s easy to get up to Punta Erbing. While not particularly difficult, it provides stunning views of the valley.

The broad view sweeps freely and fantastically over the Ampezzo basin onto Sorapis, Croda da Lago, Tofane, and remote Pelmo and Cristallo. A sight not to be missed!

This very exposed route poses no particular difficulties but, given its total ascent, is best suited to well-experienced, fit walkers. Due care and attention are required when crossing the rubble ledges.

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SENTIERO FERRATO RENATO DE POL – FORAME

The starting point of the itinerary is the Cimabanche Pass which, along State Road 51, links Dobbiaco with Cortina d’Ampezzo. This Ferrata traverses the north and northwest faces of the Forame mountain group.

The itinerary is long and has also historical interest due to WW1 remains that can be seen along the path. Steel cables and iron ladders lead through small walls and past rubble terraces to reach the Austrian First World War emplacements and the Punta Ovest del Forame summit as well as the Forame de Fora.

This is a demanding ferrata, especially if the walk-in and descent are taken into account. Being a long and fairly isolated itinerary (including the return to Val Pra de Vecia) it is advisable to prepare the trip well and to avoid days with less stable weather.

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SCALA DEL MINIGHEL – TOFANA DI ROZES

The Scala of Minighel (Minighel’s ladder) stands out as truly distinctive via Ferrata, not only for its rich history but also for the unique features that set it apart from all the climbs I’ve experienced over many years of hiking and mountain exploration.

It holds the honor of being the inaugural via ferrata constructed in Cortina and the entire Dolomite region, marking a pioneering chapter in the exploration of these majestic peaks.
There are three main access points to the Minighel ladder:
1. From Rifugio Dibona.
2. From Fiames uphill through Val Travenenzes.
3. From Passo Falzarego or Mt. Lagazuoi.
Read more about Ferrata Scala del Minighel.

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SENTIERO FERRATO INNERKOFLER – MT. PATERNO

This is a highly scenic route in the Sesto Group of the Dolomites, situated to the east of Cortina D’Ampezzo. The path traces a fascinating wartime route, featuring an extensive tunneled section.

To get there, from Cortina, you have to follow the road to Misurina via Passo Tre Croci. Then take the Tre Cime toll road up to Rifugio Auronzo (2298m).

Monte Paterno serves as an outstanding vantage point for the breathtaking north faces of the Tre Cime, a symbol of alpinism not only in the Dolomites but also worldwide. The panoramic view from this via Ferrata is truly exceptional.

Because of its proximity to the Tre Cime and amenable grade, the route can get very busy during peak season. A head torch is essential.

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SENTIERO BONACOSSA – CADINI DI MISURINA

The Bonacossa Trail winds through the Cadini di Misurina, a distinctive area in the Dolomites rich in peaks, pinnacles, bell towers, towers, and notches. The magnificent mountain range of Cadini di Misurina might evoke thoughts of the realm of Mordor, as it is both evocative and spectacular.

Despite lacking technical difficulties, the trail requires proven experience in mountain hiking. The physical effort should not be underestimated, and the path often traverses gravelly and sometimes treacherous terrain.

Caution: in the Cadin della Neve, even in the height of summer, remnants of snow and ice can be found, especially in the tunnels. Read the description of the Bonacossa Trail here.

Sentiero Bonacossa.

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FERRATA RA BUJELA

This Ferrata is called “Via Ferrata Maria e Andrea Ferrari”, and enables you to reach the top of Ra Bujela with the help of steel cables, two bridges, and some pins that facilitate the ascent where this gets steeper.

The proximity of the Duca d’Aosta and Pomedes huts, the beautiful view, the ease of access, and the time needed to explore this relatively short via Ferrata up Ra Bujela (2257m) all make this new (2015) Ferrata well worth doing.

Furthermore, it can be joined to other spectacular Ferrata nearby, such as via Ferrata Olivieri on Punta Anna, the Sentiero Ferrato Olivieri, and Sentiero Ferrato Astaldi.
Read more about Ferrata Ra Bujela!

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AFTER THE SLIGHTLY DIFFICULT FERRATA I RECOMMEND: DIFFICULT FERRAT

VIA FERRATA DELLE SCALETTE – TORRE TOBLIN

An interesting Ferrata through the northwest face of the Torre di Toblin (2.617 m).
It’s a short, very steep and exposed climb, mostly secured with ladders (17 ladders!). If the via ferrata were longer, it would be classified as difficult. At its current length, it offers a varied practice climb for experienced mountaineers in a spectacular setting.

The panorama is quite superb and because of this dominating position, the Austrian troops established an excellent vantage point from its summit to monitor the nearby Italian Army during the First World War.

The modern Sentiero delle Scalette runs alongside the original Austrian route and remnants of wooden ladders up a series of more recent ladders past steep chimneys through the Torre’s exposed North Face.

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FERRATA TRUPPE ALPINE – COL DEI BOS

In November 2007 the Italian military, based in Bolzano, established a via ferrata on Col dei Bos. This “Via Ferrata degli Alpini” follows the line of an existing route and works were completed in November 2008.

The Ferrata ascends the South Face of the Col dei Bos pyramid (also referred to as Col dei Bois) and was established using steel cables, innovative cones that optimize carabiner placements during falls and particular bolt reinforcements placed where the cable changes angle acutely.

This itinerary is perfectly equipped. The starting point is 30 minutes away from the parking of Restaurant Strobel.
Read more about Ferrata degli Alpini.

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VIA FERRATA STROBEL – PUNTA FIAMES

The ferrata Strobel on Punta Fiames is one of the most classical via Ferrata of the Cortina area. This beautiful via ferrata goes up through the west face of Punta Fiames, along ledges and chimneys. It is exposed in some parts, but well equipped.

The Ferrata is composed of a series of steep protected sections and not-so-steep paths connecting them. The route wanders back and forth up the flank. After many sections of wire rope and many sections of easy path, you reach the sloping summit area, which soon leads to the Punta Fiames.

Very well-known mountains can be recognized from the panoramic summit: the Sorapiss Group, Mount Pelmo, the Croda da Lago, the Lastoni di Formin, the Cinque Torri, the entire Tofane Group, the Col Rosa and, to the north, the Croda del Becco.

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FERRATA FORMENTON – TOFANA TERZA – TOFANA DI MEZZO

ATTENTION, trail 407 is closed due to the danger of collapses! The section from Ra Valles to Cima Tofana Terza is closed. However, the section from Tofana di Mezzo to Tofana Terza remains open, with the possibility of descending on the west side to Forcella del Valon and Rifugio Giussani.

Tofana Terza m 3238 (AKA Tofana di Dentro or Tofana de Inze) is a mountain belonging to the group of the three majestic Tofane in the Eastern Dolomites. It’s a beautiful peak, full of history, that can be climbed by choosing amongst three different normal routes.

I suggest the route running along the North Ridge of the mountain, a long and scenic itinerary that is particularly interesting in reason of the superb views and the remains of the fighting on these high summits during the First World War.

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SENTIERO FERRATO IVANO DIBONA – MONTE CRISTALLO

WARNING: the unusually shaped gondola lift from Rifugio Son Forcia to Forcella Staunies (see picture) closed down in the summer of 2016. The intention is to upgrade the lift but nothing has been decided on the subject yet. Also Rifugio Lorenzi is closed!

Via Ivano Dibona is a historical route used by Italian troops during the Great War. Visible along the way are the remains of the trenches and barricades of over a century ago. After the Great War, the path was re-explored in the 1960s by Freddy and Ivano Dibona, later made safe for tourists and reopened in September 1970. It takes its name from Ivano Dibona, who died in Cima Grande di Lavaredo in 1968.

The path goes downwards along the ledges used during WW1. Well known for the impressive passage through a suspended bridge, it is not technically difficult, but long and physically demanding. Check the weather forecast before starting.

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FERRATA MARINO BIANCHI – CRISTALLO

WARNING: the unusually shaped gondola lift from Rifugio Son Forcia to Forcella Staunies closed down in the summer of 2016. The intention is to upgrade the lift but nothing has been decided on the subject yet. Also Rifugio Lorenzi is closed!

The Ferrata Bianchi is devoted to the Ampezzo mountain guide Marino Bianchi who died at the Torre del Lago on 23 October 1969. This is a beautiful itinerary with stunning views of the Dolomites of Zoldo, Ampezzane, Sesto, and Bellunesi that surround the Cristallo.

A nice route that runs from Forcella Staunies to the top of Monte Monte Cristallo di Mezzo (3154 m). The line follows the crest and it is equipped with ladders and cables. There are a few ladders here and there, and a few somewhat airy spots, but nothing overtly bad.

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FERRATA LIPELLA – TOFANA DI ROZES

The Ferrata Lipella undoubtedly earns a place among the most prestigious via Ferrata in the Dolomites. Winding along the west and northwest faces of Tofana di Rozes, it navigates through scree-covered ledges and a meandering trail, presenting a challenging yet captivating experience.

This extensive via Ferrata boasts a notable length. The initial section takes you through the spiraling World War I tunnel known as the “Castelletto,” emerging onto the artillery positions of the “Tre Dita” (three fingers). Notably, the Ferrata Lipella was inaugurated in 1967, adding a historical layer to its already remarkable attributes.

It requires mountaineering experiences and already quite some power in hands. In addition to that, due to its length very good fitness is required.

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OK, YOU ARE AN EXPERT: VERY DIFFICULT VIA FERRATA

ETTORE BOVERO – COL ROSÀ

Nice route that runs through the southwest face of Col Rosà. From the summit of the Col Rosà the view of the whole valley and Cortina d’Ampezzo is truly magnificent!

The via Ferrata itself is relatively short, but it is still an interesting itinerary, in some places very exposed. The short duration should not be misleading as it is an almost vertical climb with some interesting passages between dihedrals, chimneys and traverses that must not be taken lightly.

Col Rosa has very steep and dramatic south, west, and east aspects. To the north, however, it presents a gently sloping incline. The Ferrata scales the south face, and the return route is a trail that leads north and then around and back, forming a nice loop route.

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FERRATA BERTI – CRODA MARCORA

The via ferrata Berti develops on the Great western wall of the Croda Marcora, in the Sorapis range. Described in some books as a great walk on the mountains, this spectacular itinerary links Cortina d’Ampezzo and San Vito di Cadore. You can decide to start this wonderful hike in both Cortina or San Vito. Otherwise, the Ferrata Berti can be included in the complete loop of the Sorapis, a classic and spectacular tour of the duration of two days around one of the most majestic dolomitic groups of mountains.

The exposed Cengia del Banco provides an amazing view of the underlying Valle del Boite and the Pelmo and Tofana massifs. Even if there aren’t substantial technical difficulties, the route is very long and physically challenging.
To do only with good weather conditions!

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VIA FERRATA OLIVIERI to PUNTA ANNA

Among the via Ferrata in Cortina, this is one of my favorites, especially when combined with the upper section that allows reaching the summit of Tofana di Mezzo (see the next via ferrata). In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful and interesting via Ferrata in the Dolomites. The route is exposed and vertical, offering a magnificent view of the imposing south face of Tofana Rozes and the legendary Pillar of Rozes.

Once you reach the summit of Punta Anna, continue along the ridge following the red markers until you reach a fork. To descend to the Giussani refuge, you need to turn left, briefly leaving the metal cable that instead begins to ascend and connects to the Aglio via ferrata, and from there to the summit of Tofana di Mezzo. It is also possible, from Punta Anna, to continue climbing to gain the northeast side of the mountain and then descend to Ra Valles or the Pomedes refuge along the Olivieri path.

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VIA FERRATA G. AGLIO – TOFANA DI MEZZO

Alpine and exposed itinerary recommended for experienced hikers. The route allows you to reach the summit of Tofana di Mezzo (3244 m), the highest of the three Tofane peaks and the third highest peak in the Dolomites.

Once, the upper part of the via ferrata, upon reaching the Bus de Tofana, used to develop entirely on the eastern side of the mountain. Today, however, you traverse the magnificent limestone slabs of the southwest face along a truly magnificent path. For the descent, the cable car is usually used. If you plan to use the cable car for the descent, make sure to check the operating hours. In conclusion, this via Ferrata, combined with the Olivieri Ferrata, is undoubtedly one of the most challenging via Ferrata in Cortina, not only due to the technical difficulties but also because of the overall commitment required.

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WOW! LET’S GO TO ENJOY THE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FERRATA!

FERRATA TOMASELLI – CIMA FANIS SUD

Via ferrata that takes an exposed line on Cima Fanis Sud. The Cesco Tomaselli is a very good quality via ferrata, perfectly secured and technically hard in places.

This via ferrata is one of the most worthwhile via ferrata in the Dolomites.

Please bear in mind that the Tomaselli is one of the harder via ferrate of the Dolomites. It is exposed, technically demanding and it requires good shape. The brief initial traverse and the vertical wall leading to the summit crest contain sections that are good indicators of the hiker’s ability.

The peak has no non-technical way to its summit: therefore, in order to descend after completing the Tomaselli Ferrata, you must take another (less-hard) ferrata down.

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VIA FERRATA SCI CLUB 18 – FALORIA

It’s for sure the most difficult Ferrata of Cortina, and it’s one of the hardest via Ferrata of the Dolomites.

The “Sci Club 18” is a demanding via Ferrata which winds its way up the Crepe di Faloria face, immediately beneath the cable car which leads up to the top of Monte Faloria above Cortina. The starting point is 40 minutes away from the middle station of Faloria’s gondola. Check if the cable car is open!
If the cable car is closed, there is an alternative path to reach the Ferrata Sci Club 18, please see on this website the description of Ferrata Sci Club 18.

This difficult and exposed ferrata offers spectacular views over the entire Ampezzo basin and was created by the Cortina Mountain Guides and the Faloria company with 700m of steel cables and more than 300 pins.

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