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Dolomites information: the backpack composition for via ferrata trekking


The composition of the backpack for a via ferrata trekking is a problem for many hikers at first experience. In this page you find general indications about the composition of the backpack based on 30 years of my personal experience. 

Via Ferrata backpack for hut to hut trekking in the DolomitesIn a via ferrata hut to hut trekking in the Dolomites you don't need carry much materials because the refugios are organised at best to welcome the climbers. Here you find food and bed as in a hotel.... for this reason take a max 40-50 liters backpack.

Don't forgot that you need climb with this backpack, so is sure better a model small without many external pockets or accessories.

Look the photo in first position and the list below, then integrate with your personal effects, but carry only the essential effects! Not other....


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1. Back pack (from 35L. to max 50 Liters)

2. Trekking poles (optional)

3. Victorinox Swiss Army knife (or similar)

4. Photo camera

5. Personal pharmacy (I have a first aid pack)

6. Light toiletry bag (very...very...basic)

7. Cotton sheet sack

8. Helmet 

9. Via Ferrata set / laynard

10. Via Ferrata gloves

11. Harness

13. Goretex shell pants

14. Backpacks rain cover

15. Hiking socks

16. Cotton short socks (for the evening in Refuges)

17. Cotton sweater

18. Technical T-Shirt

19. Cotton T-Shirt

20. Underwear

21. Plastic bottle (or Camel Back)

22. Sunglasses

23. Sun hat

24. Warm beanie

25. Front lamp (light model)

26. Warm gloves

27. EXTRA LIST: Short pants or light additional pants

28. EXTRA LIST: cellular phone and personal accessories



1. A little hiking toiletry bag as this

2. MSR Pack Towl UltraLite X

3. Comb

4. Soapcase

5. Toothpaste

6. Toothbrush

7. Shampoo and razor

Only for womens: you can carry some other beauty accessories and a very basic "make up set"


Look my programs for via ferrata in the Dolomites:

Central Dolomites  Modular program or treks for via ferrata

Western Dolomites  Via delle Bocchette, via ferrata trekking

Southern Dolomites  Via ferrata trek in the Pale di San Martino

Eastern Dolomites  Via ferrata trek around Cortina and in Civetta

Via ferrata for beginners  A perfect program for a first experience

Via ferrata for families  The best customized program for your family