Difficulty: The "Path of the 26th Light Infantry Battalion" through the Hohe Warte North Face is the most challenging via ferrata in the Carnic Alps (Southern Alps) so far. Absolute surefootedness and a head for heights as well as mountain experience and climbing skills are required for several passages.
Starting points and/or bases: Lower Valentinalm (1.220 m), Lake VolaiaHut (1.959 m)
Season: accessible only during the summer months (June until September) due to North Face.
Equipment: climbing equipment, helmet protecting against rock fall.
Access: from the southern Valentin-Thörl (2.138 m) on marked uphill path to the access point.
Difference in altitude and walking times: Lake Volaia Hut – access point: 40 mins.; access - summit: 3 hours, 600 metres in altitude; descent across the Normal Path in southern direction to the Marinelli Hut: 2 hours, 600 metres in altitude; to Lake Volaia across the Hoher Gang (Spinotti – Italian territory) 3 hours.
Course of the route: in the lower section, the route leads across slabs, through chimneys and intersections to the large gravel or snow field. The route connects there with the Koban Prunner Trail and leads then across that trail to the summit of the Hohe Warte.
Descent: back across the North Face or the Rif. Marinelli [Trail 143] in southern direction or directly across the Hoher Gang (Sentiero Spinotti) to Lake Volaia