SELLA TOWERS


The Sella Towers are iconic in Dolomite climbing and are an exceptionally popular venue. Perched high up above the Sella Pass, they look particularly impressive, providing a good photogenic backdrop for the coachloads of tourists frequenting the area. The Sella Towers are made up of four towers although the 4th is not particularly well known in for its climbing and not covered in this guide. 1st Sella Tower - This is the smallest and most popular of the three towers with the sunny south face stealing the show as the most frequented in the group. The routes are shorter, very accessible and, almost without exception, excellent. This tower is a victim of its own success, and an increasing amount of polish is found on the routes here. 2nd Sella Tower - The 2nd Tower is famous for its steep north face and very compact rock. The Messner (North Face Direct) route is featured in Reinhold Messner's book 'The Seventh Grade' and is notorious for its committing nature. The Kasnapoff route that starts up the north face and moves round onto the northwest ridge has become a classic. 3rd Sella Tower - This is the largest of the three towers and is home to the Vinatzer route, another famous one which is well worth a look.

Routes

12 trad routes (IV+...VII-)
2 sport routes (6b...6c+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
3rd Sella Tower
The 3rd Sella tower is the largest and arguably the most impressive of the three towers. The...
1
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

2nd Sella Tower
The North Face of the 2nd Sella Tower is renowned for its compact rock providing some fantastic (if...
3
Trad
No sun
Uphill

15 mins

1st Sella Tower
The South Face of the 1st Sella Tower is exceptionally popular due to its ease of access,...
10
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

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