Located in northern Italy, and representing a true mix of Italian and Austrian culture, the Dolomites contain climbing of every shape and size. Single pitch sport crags lie beside kilometre-long traditional routes, with climbs which are steeped in history running parallel to modern bolted lines. The area is particularly renowned for its via ferrata, cabled routes predating the Great War which give superb access to some of the World’s most striking summits. The metal wires, interspersed with breathtaking ladders and unlikely suspension bridges, provide aerial assault courses which combine the thrill of an ascent on rock with the security of a protected mountain scramble.
This guide covers everything you need for a climbing trip regardless of ability, whether it be sport, trad, via ferrata or a combination of all three. It features all the major areas and is the only guidebook available to have such comprehensive coverage.
The book has been authored by James Rushforth who, together with his partner Lynne Hempton, has spent several years documenting the climbs and VFs, and taking some amazing photographs for the book.
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Areas and Crags Included
Val di Fassa
Franco Gadoti (Via Ferrata)
Magnifici Quattro (Via Ferrata)
Col Ombert / Kaiserjeger (Via Ferrata)
The Val Duron - Sentiero Massimiliano (Via Ferrata)
- Laurenzi - Molignon (Via Ferrata)
Penia di Canazei
Dei Finanzieri / Colac (Via Ferrata)
Sass Rigais (Via Ferrata)
Sandro Pertini (Via Ferrata - CLOSED)
Piz da Cir V Via (Via Ferrata)
Torre Brunico & Mur de Pisciadù
Brigata Tridentina (Via Ferrata)
Oscura della Luna - North Face
Piz da Lech (Via Ferrata)
Fanis / Fanes Group
Sas dla Crusc / Sasso della Croce
Sasso delle Nove / Sass de les Nu
Punte (Zimes) di Fanes (Via Ferrata)
Cima del Lago
Tomaselli - Cima Fanes Sud (Via Ferrata)
Lagazuoi PiccoloSas de Stria
Sas de Stria / Hexenstein
Cortina d'Ampezzo basin
Ettore Bovero - Col Rosa (Via Ferrata)
Michielli Strobel - Punta Fiames (Via Ferrata)
Ski Club 18 (Via Ferrata)
Ivano Dibona (Via Ferrata)
Marino Bianchi - Cima di Mezzo (Via Ferrata)
Sorapiss Circuit: (Berti, Sentiero Carlo Minazio, Vandelli - Via Ferrata)
Access Issues for Dolomites
- Sandro Pertini Via Ferrata Closed (Aug, 2015)