Cima alle Coste

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.97760°N / 10.91130°E
Additional Information County: Trentino Alto-Adige
Activities Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Big Wall
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 2822 ft / 860 m
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Cima alle Coste

A sun ray lights up The Shield

Cima alle Coste - also called Gran Diedro di Dro (Dro Great Corner) – is a mighty 700 meters high wall situated in the middle mountain’s area named Sarca Valley, a world famous climbing area and truly an earthly paradise both for trad and sportive climbing, due to the limestone’s quality and the climate’s mildness. This mountain shows a peculiar shape, looking like a huge corner well shaped by two tremendous faces: South face, steep and very high, and East face, sloping and more accessible, named “Lo Scudo” (The Shield). Below East Ridge is situated a 300 meter high pillar named Guglia Solidarnosch. Cima alle Coste has three different sectors:


Cima alle Coste SE face, Sarca Valley
Cima alle Coste SE face
Grey slabs on Cima alle Coste
Grey slabs on "Profondo Bush"

While the rock’s quality on South Face may be sometimes not perfect, “The Shield” shows an excellent kind of limestone; for this reason, together with scenery’s amenities, several classic and sportive climbing routes had been realized on these beautiful grey and compact slabs in last years and they’re very frequently climbed.


Cima alle Coste and Brento annotated view
Cima alle Coste and Brento annotated view

Getting there

The best starting point is the little town of Dro, 6 km. from Arco di Trento. Road access

From A22 Brennero Motorway exit “Rovereto Sud – Lago di Garda Nord” follow the road 240 towards Riva del Garda, Nago and Arco. Once getting to Arco first round-about turn to right following the road entering Sarca Valley towards Dro and Trento. Once getting to Dro continue on the main for about 3 km., reaching on your left-hand side a narrow road towards Lago Bagattoli. Turn to left following this road and reaching at once a parking area near the small lake (28 km. from Rovereto Sud exit).

Cima alle Coste, Martini-Tranquillini central corner

Martini-Tranquillini central corner

Cima alle Coste, The Shield: Nuvole Bianche

Lo Specchio (The Shield) - Nuvole Bianche

Destinazione Paradiso, Cima alle Coste

Destinazione Paradiso


Walking access

From Lago Bagattoli a forestal track towards left enters the little pine’s wood. Once getting the first fork, follow the path on the left, then rise along a steep trail on the right leading towards the wall and reaching a wide and characteristic rocky slope. Scramble on along a ledge crossing these slabs and leading to the base of the wall (0,45 minutes from Lago Bagattoli).

Cima alle Coste SE face, Sarca Valley
Cima alle Coste SE face
Cima alle Coste, traverse on Nuvole Bianche
Cima alle Coste, traverse on Nuvole Bianche

Grades and Scales

According to Italian climbing areas habit, trad routes grades are expressed in UIAA Scale, while modern ones are in French Scale

Rock Climbing Rating Systems

Routes overview



Cima alle Coste and Scudo routes

Cima alle Coste and Scudo routes: A Oasi di Pace B Martini-Tranquillini 1 Ummagumma 2 Nuvole Bianche 3 Transeamus 4 Mariposa Libre 5 Zilinder Weg




Cima alle Coste - Routes

Cima alle Coste Central Wall routes: A Oasi di pace B Sole nascente C Destinazione Paradiso D La luna e i falò E Martini-Tranquillini F Via della Rinascita G Sodoma e Gomorrah Z Clessidre S Steinkotter

CENTRAL WALL - Routes overview from left to right

- Oasi di pace (Oasis of Peace) VII, A1, 650 m. – Trad route M. Bozzetta, M. Furlani 1994

- Specchio di Osiride VII, A1, 600 m. – Trad route A. Zanetti, G. Dalfovo, C. Baratto 1993

- Sole Nascente (Sunrise) VI+, A1, 600 m. – Trad route E. Salvaterra, A. Leviti 1980

- Destinazione Paradiso (Heaven Destination) VII, A1, 600 m. Mixed equipment (bolts and pegs) T. Quecchia, D. Ballerini, C. Stefani, F. Prati, F. Culazzu 1995

- La Luna e i Falò (Moon and Bonfires) VII, A1, 750 m. Mixed equipment (bolts and pegs) S. Scalet, M. Pegoretti, L. Turato, E. Covi 1998

- Martini-Tranquillini V+, VI, 500 m. – Trad route S. Martini, M. Tranquillini, M. Protoni 1972

- Clessidra V+, VI+, 500 mt. – Trad route M. Giordani, R. Manfrini 1985

LO SCUDO (THE SHIELD) - Routes overview from left to right

- Diedro Massimiliano V, VI+, 150 m - Trad route G. Stenghel, A. Baldessari 1982

- Dinosauri 5c, 6a, 6b (or A0), 450 m - Bolts L. Pilati, A. Michelotti 2012

- Passeggiata di Pasqua (Easter Walk) IV+, V+, 300 m – Trad route R. Goedeke, S. Hor 1985

- Mas que Nada 6b, 300 m - Bolts R. Galvagni 2006

- Profondo Bush 6b, 6c, 300 m – Bolts A. Zanetti, C. Groaz 2004

- Casinò Royale 6a, 6b+, 450 m - Bolts D. Filippi, R. Galvagni 2007

- Dino Sottovia V+, VI, 300 m – Trad route C. Paris, M. Pegoretti, E. Degasperi 1981

- Bella Ciao 6a, 6b, 6c 280 m - Bolts R. Galvagni, D. Filippi 2008

- Ummagumma 7a (6a), 280 m. – Bolts G. Dalfovo, A. Conz 1996

- Direttissima VI+, VII, 300 m. – Trad route M. Giordani, F. Zenatti 1982

- Nuvole Bianche 6c (5c obbl.), 300 m. – Bolts S. Bazzanella, D. Filippi, G. Francomanno 1994

- Transeamus 6a, 6b, 280 m. – Bolts R. Galvagni, M. Maceri 2001

- Sesto Grado V+, VI, 300 m – Spaced bolts W. Schonauer, H. Long, K. Zehedner 1994

- Mariposa Libre (Free Butterfly) 6a, 280 m. - Bolts R. Galvagni, D. Filippi 2007

- Amici del Sottobosco 5c, 6a, 280 m - Bolts R. Galvagni, D. Filippi 2010

- Zilinder Weg V+, VI, 280 m. – Trad route L. Reiser, H. Enthofer 1981

- Via della Mezza Luna (Half-Moon) VI+, A1, 250 m – Trad route D. Filippi 1993

Cima alle Coste - Mariposa Libre
Cima alle Coste - Mariposa Libre
Drena Castle and Cima alle Coste
Drena Castle and Cima alle Coste
Cima alle Coste
Approaching Cima alle Coste
Traverse on Dinosauri, Cima alle Coste
Exposed traverse on the route "Dinosauri"


SOUTH FACE - Routes overview from left to right

- Steinkotter

– Holzer - Messner V+, VI, 700 m – Trad route H. Steinkotter, H. Holzer, R. Messner 1966

- Via della Rinascita VI+, VII, 650 m – Trad route M. Giordani, F. Zenatti 1983

- Sodoma e Gomorrah VI+, VII, 650 m – Trad route L. Reiser, R. Sulzenbacher 1982

- Pipistrei VI+, VII, A0, 650 m T. Zanetti, F. Sartori, G. Bonvecchio 2011

GUGLIA SOLIDARNOSCH - Routes overview from left to right

- Via del Camino IV, V, 200 m - Trad route

- Via dei Tipografi (Typographers’ Route) IV, V+, 300 mt. – Trad route A. Andreotti, D. Zenatti, G. Stenghel 1980

- Tinto Brass 5a, 6a, 6b (a move), 400 m - Bolts R. Galvagni, M. Maceri 2007

- Buon Natale 2008 6b, 7a, 350 m - Bolts I. Feller, C. Masera 2008

- Marina IV, V+, VII, 250 m – Trad route G. Stenghel, A. Baldessari 1981

Descent from Central and South faces - Cross the summit wood heading towards West and reaching a flat path. Follow it towards South, then follow towards SW a forest road for about 600 meters leading to a fork on a hill. Descent left reaching the path n. 425 towards Dro, leading to the bottom of Sarca valley.

Descent from The Shield - Abseiling the routes


Cima alle Coste - Nuvole Bianche (White Clouds)

The Shield, Nuvole Bianche

On Carlesso - Menti

Central Wall, Martini-Tranquillini classic route

The Shield - Nuvole Bianche

Abseil on The Shield


The first ascent of the wall was realized by Heinz Steinkotter, Heini Holzer and Reinhold Messner in 1966, climbing an explorative 700 meter drop route having an enormous historic worth, but today rarely climbed.

Destinazione Paradiso - Approach
Kiwi cultivation and Cima alle Coste
Kiwi cultivation and Cima alle Coste
Destinazione Paradiso, The Shield
The Shield
Blooming on Cima alle Coste summit wood - Sarca Valley
Blooming on Cima alle Coste
The Shield - Mariposa Libre
The Shield - Mariposa Libre
Smooth slab on Nuvole Bianche, Cima alle Coste
Smooth slab on Nuvole Bianche

Red Tape

There are no restrictions in climbing and hiking.

Climate and nature

Due to the Garda Lake’s propitious influence and the area’s limited altitude, the climate is very mild and it’s possible to climb in all seasons. Nature is magnificent, showing a pleasant marriage of Mediterranean flora and alpine one.

When to climb

All year round.

Where to stay

This area is a primary touristic destination, offering several hotels, agriturismo and bed and breakfast, renting rooms and apartments in Arco, Dro, Pietramurata and Ceniga.

Cima alle Coste map

Campings in Arco and Pietramurata.







Guidebooks and Maps

- Guidebooks

“Pareti del Sarca” by Diego Filippi – Edizioni Versante Sud "Arco Pareti" by Diego Filippi - Edizioni Versante Sud 2013

- Maps

“Valle del Sarca” – Map 1.25.000 - Edizioni Meridiani Montagne

External Links

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