Monday, September 24, 2012

Trip to Dolomites

In the first half of February I was off to Italian Dolomites for some rockclimbing with my girlfriend Kairi. We chose Dolomites as our destination because it is relatively easy to get there (Tallinn -> Bergamo by plain, train afterwards) and there are lots of different trad routes. Our main target were the Sella Towers group in central Dolomites, near Bolzano (50 km).

We really enjoyed the trip even though we had to retreat a bit early due to snowfall and cold weather. Sella towers are a beautiful place for climbing and really easy to access. At first we thought we would sleep in the refuge that is located on Sella pass but when we got there we decided to sleep in tent. Finding a place for tent there wasn't a very easy task but eventually we found a place that had been used before and was well hidden also :)

Due to our general lack of shape we managed to climb only two longer routes, the Steger route on First Sella tower and the Kasnakoff route on Second Sella. Steger was nice and easy, on Kasnakoff we made some quirky variation through rotten rock that deviated from the IV+ variant that is recommended in newer books. In addition we climbed some single-pitch routes on the Citta dei Sassi boulder field nearby.

Kasnapoff route on Second Sella - variation pitches

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