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The elegant and dramatic peaks of the Dolomites, one of the most recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have long epitomised the ideals of climbers the world over. These spectacular limestone and dolomite monoliths rise abruptly from beautiful meadows, their pale faces contrasting starkly with the vibrant colour of the surrounding alpine pastures, to create one of the most instantly recognisable landscapes in the World.
Located in northern Italy, and representing a true mix of Italian and Austrian culture, these so-called ‘Pale Alps’ 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.
Catinaccio, Val di Fassa, Marmolada, Sella Group, Val Gardena, Fanis Group, Lagazuoi Group, Tofana Group, Cinque Torri, Cortina Basin, Cadini di Misurina, Tre Cime.
152 trad routes
781 sport routes
37 via ferrata
No of Pages: 496
Page Size: 150 x 210 mm
ISBN 10: 1873341970
ISBN 13: 9781873341971
Published Date: August 2014
Edition: 1st edition, 2019 Reprint
Binding: Paperback (flapped)
Illustrations: maps, colour photos and colour topos