OverviewThe highest tower of the Tre Cima di Lavaredo attracts many climbers. Both scenic and relatively easy south face routes are popular so that the rock is polished in the more difficult passages. (Like Fred says, "Smoother than David's butt!") Since this peak is nearly 10000 feet high, weather and snow can complicate the climbs. When we tried it in early July of 1995, there was much snow in the first gully as well as in the upper third of the face. The views from the face are wonderful!
ApproachThis can be approached from either the parking lot at the Auronzo hut or from the Lavaredo hut. There is a well defined trail from near the church to a gully goes left at the col between Cima Grande and Cima Piccola (red marking). 20 min (from Lavaredo) to 1 hour (from Auronzo)
Route DescriptionThe route generally runs along the right (east) side of the south face first the gully between Cima Grande and Cima Piccola and then diagonally across the face through a series of walls and chimneys dissected by two large terraces.
Essential Gear50m rope, 6 quickdraws or slings, at least 6 carabiners, a small rack. Most protection is in place, but because this route is popular, care needs to be taken in trusting it. Rappel anchors are in place, but again, check them carefully before using.
Helmet advised: rockfall caused by other climbers on the terraces possible.