The inhumane climb to Rifugio Fodara Vedla with 27% ramps
Rifugio Fodara Vedla is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 1.980m (6,496ft) above the sea level, located in the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy. It's said to be the steepest climb in the Alps.
Located in the heart of the Fanes – Senes – Braies Natural Park, the road to the refuge runs from San Vigilio di Marebbe. It’s 14,7km long. It’s paved to Rifugio Pederu, at 1,548 m above the sea level. At this point the road becomes concrete. It’s a 3km stretch to Rifugio Fodara Vedla, in the parco naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies. The last part is unpaved and closed to private vehicles.
Nestled on the Sennes plateau, the road to the refuge is an old military road built by the Austrian army. The most famous section of the road is beyond Rifugio Pederu. It comes a series of 9 hairpin turns, climbing up from 1,621m to 1,767m above the sea level in just 550m. The gradient at this point is over 26,5%. Simply terrible.