Biking Down A Climbing Route

Bocchetta Alte is a via ferrata climbing route in the Brenta Dolomites in Italy. Harald Philipp saw the line and decided he could ride it on a mountain bike.

The film VIA FERRATA by Christoph Thoresen captures this first descent of the fixed-rope climbing route on a mountain bike.

Philipp reported that it was “one of the best rides I ever had. “But I honestly don’t want to do this ride again. It’s stupidly dangerous, feels triple as exposed as it looks and there is a lot more uphill-climbing and ladders involved than the video shows. You think about doing this tour as well? I really recommend to walk these fantastic route without a bicycle. And only if you then see a trail too…”

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.