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Torre di Valgrande

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Belluno, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.38827°N / 12.05758°E

Object Title: Torre di Valgrande

County: Veneto

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Aid Climbing

Season: Summer

Elevation: 8907 ft / 2715 m

 

Page By: AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: Jan 10, 2013 / Nov 18, 2014

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Overview

Geographical classification: Eastern Alps > Dolomites > Civetta Group > Torre di Valgrande


Torre di Valgrande m. 2715




The mighty NW side of Civetta - Torre di Valgrande is on the left

Torre di Valgrande is an imposing great tower of dolomia lying North to the highest summit on the mighty Civetta Northern branch, one of the outstanding groups of the Dolomites. It’s rising between Torre d’Alleghe and Guglia di Valgrande from which it’s separated by two high rocky saddles. The most impressive and high side of Torre di Valgrande is the steep and stunning 450 m. high NW face, rising on a massive baseboard and cut in the middle by an impressive long crack. This side is facing towards Val Cordevole and it’s overlooking Val Civetta and the village of Alleghe. Some important challenging routes – as Carlesso-Menti, the party which solved here one of the most important climbing problem of the Dolomites in the Thirties - are running on this attractive yellow and black wall.
The opposite side – facing East and South – shows a shorter but steep and compact wall overlooking Val Masarè and counting several short but engaging climbing routes.

civetta group
Torre di Valgrande from East - Foto Pralongo

Torre di Valgrande from Colle S. Lucia
Torre di Valgrande close up from West



Torre di Valgrande has three summits, amongst which the highest one is the Eastern summit; the original different place-names of Torre di Valgrande were Terza Rocchetta, used in Val Cordevole (West side) and the fascinating Croda Dolada, used in Val Zoldana (East side), while the alpinists’ name imposed by the first summiters was Torre Grande. The definitive actual name is Torre di Valgrande.

First summiters: Leopold Knoth and Viktor Holzwarth in 1907

Getting There

 
Torre di Valgrande at sunset
Torre di Valgrande at sunset


ROAD ACCESS

- From Belluno to Pala Favèra – Take the road S51 towards Pieve di Cadore and Longarone; here leave the main road and follow on the left the road S251 towards Forno di Zoldo, Zoldo Alto and Pala Favèra (48 km. from Belluno).

- From Belluno to Alleghe – Take the road S203 towards Agordo, cross the town of Agordo m. 611, then follow the Val Cordevole road reaching Alleghe (59 km. from Belluno).


APPROACH TO COLDAI HUT

Two possibilities:

- From Pala Favèra (m. 1505) – Follow the gravel road starting near the camping and rising with some hairpins to Malga Pioda m. 1816, then a good path leading to the hut (2 hours from Pala Favèra) – It’s the shortest way to get the hut

- From Alleghe – Follow the road to Piani di Pezzè (m. 1470), then the narrow gravel road rising to Forcella d’Alleghe and to Malga Pioda m. 1816. From Malga Pioda follow the same path as the previous approach.

All the routes of Torre di Valgrande

All the routes of Torre di Valgrande (UIAA Scale)

Approach: the best approach for all the routes, both on NW and E faces, is from Rifugio Coldai m. 2132

NORMAL ROUTE

Difficulty: III, IV
Length: 200 m., 8 pitches
Exposure: NE
First ascent: Leopold Knoth and Viktor Holzwarth in 1907 (upper pitches) – Valentino Angelini, Silvio Sperti and Piero Cerutti in 1925 (lower pitches)

Interesting route on good rock, the easiest way to climb the summit of the tower. The necessary pegs are in place.

From Rifugio Coldai follow the Sentiero Tivan, reaching a scree-circle between Torre d’Alleghe and Torre di Valgrande. Leave the main path and follow on the right a track cutting a steep scree, then scramble up some easy rocks and reach a ledge rising towards left and turning itself into a scree gully. Climb it, getting to a rocky saddle lying below the SE ridge (I, II, 1,45 h.). Climb the ridge.

Civetta from NW - Torre di Valgrande is on the left
Civetta from NW - Torre di Valgrande is on the left
Torre Coldai, Torre d'Alleghe and Torre di Valgrande
Alleghe, Valgrande, Castello and Pan di Zucchero from NW
Lake Coldai in early summer
Lake Coldai in early summer



NORTH AND NORTH-WEST ROUTES


NORTH FACE
Difficulty: IV, V, A1 (a single move)
Length: 450 m.
First ascent: Sergio Faccioli – Andrea Taddei 8-8-1976

The route climbs the obvious corner cutting the N face on the left of Robertson-Fullalove route. Rarely repeated.

NORTH RIDGE (ROBERTSON - FULLALOVE)

Difficulty: VI, VI+, A2, A3
Length: 450 m., 18 pitches
First ascent: Brian Robertson and James Fullalove 9/11-7-1967

Great challenging route only partially equipped.

NW FACE (CARLESSO-MENTI)

Difficulty: V+, VI, VI+, A0 and A1 (or VIII-)
Length: 450 m. 10 pitches
First ascent: Raffaele Carlesso and Mario Menti 15/17-7-1936

The greatest classic route of Torre di Valgrande; beautiful challenging and historical route, one of the best known of the Dolomites and frequently climbed.

 
Torre di Valgrande topo
A North Face - B Robertson-Fullalove - C Carlesso-Menti - D Titti - E Rowe-McKeith


W FACE (TITTI)

Difficulty: V+, VI, VII
Length: 450 m., 7 pitches
First ascent: Gigi Dal Pozzo and Sandro Neri 20-8-1983

High challenging free-climb. The route hasn’t be repeated.

W FACE (ROWE - MCKEITH)

Difficulty: IV, V, VI (a short move)
Length: 450 m., 8 pitches
Exposure: W
First ascent: Ian Rowe and Alistar McKeith 9-7-1966

The route climbs the obvious corner in the middle of the West face.


EAST FACE ROUTES

E PILLAR (VIA POLLAZZON)

Difficulty: IV, IV+, V (a step)
Length: 200 m., 7 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Cesare Pollazzon and Giovanni Rudatis 11-9-1941

Fine classic climb on excellent rock.


EAST RIDGE (DIEDRO BONETTI)

Difficulty: V, VI, A1 or VII-
Length: 130 m., 5 pitches
Exposure: W
First ascent: P. Bonetti, C. Bottecchia, M. Poli; F. Bonetti, C. Motton, M. Bottecchia 27-7-1969

A short but interesting route.

ADRENALINA NON STOP

Difficulty: VI+, VII, A2, A3
Length: 130 m., 7 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Gigi Dal Pozzo and Renato Panciera 25-9-1988

Extreme route on the left of Diedro Bonetti

Civetta main summit and Torre di Valgrande from East
Civetta main summit and Torre di Valgrande from East

Torre di Valgrande East Face
Torre di Valgrande East Face
 


VIA BELLENZIER

Difficulty: VI, VI+
Length: 200 m., 6 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Domenico Bellenzier and Orazio De Toni 10-7-1966

The route climbs the characteristic crack in the middle of the overhanging East face.


VIA DELLE GUIDE

Difficulty: VI, VI+, VII
Length: 200 m., 7 pitches
Exposure: S
First ascent: Mariano De Toni and Cesare Pollazzon 10-9-1941

Obvious crack cutting the South face of the tower.


Descent: for all the routes the common descent is along the NE side Normal route (4 equipped rappels and some downclimbing, cairns)

History

Torre di Valgrande, route Carlesso - Menti
Torre di Valgrande, route Carlesso - Menti

On Carlesso - Menti
On Carlesso - Menti

Raffaele Carlesso
Raffaele Carlesso, a great protagonist



The tower has a stunning shape and it doesn’t show weak sides, so it was climbed later than other peaks in the Dolomites.
The first summiters were Leopold Knoth and Viktor Holzwarth in the summer 1907, climbing the upper part of the present Normal Route.
The impressive North-West face, cut by a striking yellow crack, represented on of the most important climbing problems of the Civetta Group and the whole Dolomites, wonderfully solved by Raffaele Carlesso and Mario Menti in the year 1936.

When to climb

Best season goes from the end of June to middle September

Red Tape

No particulary restrictions in climbing and hiking.

Huts

Rifugio Coldai m. 2262
Rifugio Coldai m. 2262
Rifugio Coldai and Pelmo in the background
Rifugio Coldai and Pelmo in the background



- Rifugio Coldai m. 2132 - C.A.I. Venezia – 83 beds, open from 20-6 to 20-9, winter-hut, phone +390437789160

RIFUGIO COLDAI


- Rifugio Tissi m. 2262 – C.A.I. Belluno – 65 beds, open from 20-6 to 20-9, winter-hut, phone +390437523083

RIFUGIO TISSI

Meteo

ARPAV DOLOMITI METEO

DOLOMITI METEO VENETO

DOLOMITI METEO Phone +390436780007 fax +390436780008
CENTRO VALANGHE DI ARABBA Phone +390436755711 fax 043679319 e-mail cva@arpa.veneto.it

Guidebooks and maps

 
Civetta guide-book
 
 
Torre di Valgrande map
 


“Civetta” by Ivo Rabanser – Collana CAI-TCI Guide dei Monti d’Italia, june 2012

External Links

SERGIO RAMELLA REPORTS

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