Torre Innerkofler is part of the Sassolungo massif. It is placed between the Punta Grohman and the Dente (Zahnkofel). Looking from P.so Sella it is placed just behind Pta Grohman. Forcella Grohman separates Pta Grohman from Torre Innerkofler and Forcella del Dente (towards East) separates Innerkofler from the Dente. These Forcelle (small passes) are quite high (over 2500m), steep and are frequently covered by snow, even in summertime. Torre Innerkofler is sometimes called in Italian Punta Pian del Sass (but I never heard anybody calling it in this way), it is possible that you find this name on some maps.
Torre Innerkofler seems a kind of a pyramid with the 4 faces oriented N,S,E,W. The summit is a huge balcony. One of its summit ridges connects the Innerkofler with the Dantersass peak(another summit of the Sassolungo group).
The south face oversees Val di Fassa with a 500 m. high yellow face with three big chimneys inside.
There are a lot of great ways, but this Tower is very litlle climbed, from one standpoint it is a pity, from another perspective it is a great luck!!!. It is not easy to find great mountains in the crowded Dolomites where you can really find the "old wilderness".
There are many climbing ways on Torre Innerkofler. A brief list of the ways that are more frequently climbed is:
- Via Dibona on the E face (around IV degree), It is described in the routes section.
- Normal way: (around III degree), but it is not so funny, usually is used to descend
- Via camino Rizzi
- Via del Calice on the S face (quite difficult)
- It is also possible to reach the top from the summit of Cima Dantersass through a ridge. Anyway I suggest not to use this way, because the ascent of Cima Dantersass is quite dangerous due to the quality of the rock.
In general Innerkofler is a very wild mountain, you will rarely see other climbers there, the ways are not completely cleaned and there are not so many pitons in place. Consider that the approach are quite long/hard based on Dolomites standard(the approach here is about 2 hours of complex and tiring paths, while the approach to a way on Torri del Sella is a 20/30 min. comfortable walk). So be careful going there, study well your way and be well equipped.
The Tower has been dedicated to Michael Innerkofler a mountain guide from Sesto who climbed it solo in 1880.
Innerkofler Tower stands between Val Gardena and Val di Fassa, in the ladin area of Alto Adige/Sud Tirol.
In general refer to the descriptions of Sassolungo to get information about books, links, wheater, lodging, geography etc.
P.so Sella is the natural base for Innerkofler. You can reach Pso Sella from ValGardena or from Val di Fassa. From Selva or Canazei it will take about 20 min. by car. If you prefer to walk you will need about 2 hours to reach the pass.
From Val di Fassa there is also a lift reaching Col Rodella (just above the Sella Pass.
No restrictions, you can park the car at P.so Sella (both free and paying parking) or you can park on a little road close to Valentini hut.
Consider that there are buses that connects regularly Pso Sella with Selva di ValGardena and Canazei Val di Fassa. The only problem is that usually these buses stop the service in the late afternoon.
When To Climb
Summer time. Do not be afraid, when I climbed it we were alone on the mountain. In the summit book I have seen that we were the fifth group in the whole year reaching the top (consider that you are in the center of the Dolomites with hundreths thousands of tourists).
The closest campings are in S. Cassiano (Badia), Val di Fassa. But there are a lot of hotels/huts nearby.
In particular the main huts are:
- Demetz (very high in the heart of the Sassolungo group)
- Vicenza (in the heart of the group)
- Passo Sella at the pass
- Albergo Maria Flora at the pass
- Valentini (5 min from the pass)
- Salei (10 min. from the pass)
- Comici (1 hr from the pass)
- Federico Augusto (30 min. from the pass)
- Pertini (1 hr rom the pass)
- Sassopiatto (about 90 min. from the pass)
Pls refer to the link (in the link section) that directs you to the list of the huts of Club Alpino Italiano to have further details.
In case you need more information use the link to the official sites of the valleys or connect to the link of Italian telephone directory (always in the link section)
The best book describing Innerkofler is:
Author Ivo Rabanser
Ed. Club Alpino Italiano
I have already referenced it in the Sassolungo page
- List of huts
This link will bring you the list of all the huts managed by Club Alpino Italiano. You will find all the useful references to the huts of the area of Innerkofler
- Val Gardena site
Official site of Val Gardena. Contains useful info on the weather forecast, hotels, lodging, shops, mountain guides and so on
- Link to the Val Badia site
Contains a lot of useful information about the Val Badia (very close to the Innerkofler)
- Weather forecast
Weather forecast service specialized in the Dolomites
- Cortina site
Cortina is close to Innerkofler (about 40 Km). So here you can find useful information
- Sassolungo book - the reference-
Pointer to the book from Ivo Rabanser des cribing the group (and the Innerkofler)
- Italy telephone directory
You can use this site to retrieve whatever telephone number you might need in Italy