Cima Grande di Lavaredo Comici - Dimai Route (North Wall)

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Belluno, Italy, Europe
Route Type:
Trad Climbing
Time Required:
A long day
ED inf., UIAA VI (VII all free climbing)
Rock Difficulty:
5.10c (YDS)
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Cima Grande di Lavaredo Comici - Dimai Route (North Wall)
Created On: Oct 18, 2011
Last Edited On: Feb 17, 2018


Cima Grande di Lavaredo Comici - Dimai Route

A masterpiece by Emilio Comici

An out of ordinary view of Tre Cime di Lavaredo North faces seen from Landro Valley

Comici-Dimai is a challenging and stunning rock climb worldwide known, the first route realized on the stunning North face of Cima Grande di Lavaredo after some years of attempts. Comici – Dimai Route, emblematic of the rock-climbing style in the Eastern Dolomites and maybe in all the Dolomites, is really a logic and bold climbing route, searching a weakness’ line on the overhanging wall; the lower section of the route is the hardest. Rock quality (not always good), exposure (North overhanging wall) and trad climbing on very espaced normal pegs contributed to preserve till today an adventurous mountain ground. Due to the overhanging structure of the wall, it seems virtually impossible a retreat by abseiling.
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo Group (“Drei Zinnen” in German, “Tré Thime” in ladin dialect) is just located along the border between Bolzano Province on the North side and Belluno Province on the South side; the secluded situation of the three colossal towers – far from any other peak – magnifies their beauty.



The impressive North Wall of Cima Grande di Lavaredo

The impressive North wall of Cima Grande di Lavaredo seen from the top of Cima Ovest


Emilio Comici and Dimai Brothers

Emilio Comici - in the middle - and Dimai brothers after the historical ascent

During the First World War (1915 -1918) Tre Cime di Lavaredo were situated on the war’s front between Austro-Hungarians on the North Side and Italians on the South one; even at present several military ruins are visible inside the massif and especially on the nearby Monte Paterno. After the war, the italian mountaineering on the Dolomites started quickly to run towards the mythical and heroic “Sixth Grade Age”, maybe a unique historic period; Emilio Comici was one of the leading representative of that climbing way. The first ascent on the North wall of Cima Grande - believed unclimbable during a long time – had a great echo in that period and was surely one of the most symbolic ascent of the golden “Sixth Grade Age”.

Getting there

Road access

The ideal starting point is Misurina mt. 1752 with its romantic lake, the last village before Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which can be reached from Trento or Bolzano (Adige Valley) taking Brennero Motorway - exit Bressanone - and then following Val Pusteria (road E66) as far as Dobbiaco; from Dobbiaco follow on the right the road entering Val di Landro, reaching Carbonin mt. 1432 and at least Misurina. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Group can be approached also from Belluno via Longarone, Boite Valley, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Tre Croci Pass. From Misurina a private toll - road (22 euro) leads to Rifugio Auronzo mt. 2330, situated at the end of the road in a spectacular position below Tre Cime di Lavaredo South faces. Parking.

Lavaredo Group from South

Lavaredo Group from South

Walking approach

From Rifugio Auronzo a good path, from which you can take some unforgettable views over majestic Lavaredo South faces and the famous stunning Spigolo Giallo on Cima Piccola - another route signed by Emilio Comici - leads to Rifugio Lavaredo m. 2344 on Forcella Lavaredo (15 minutes by walking). From here a narrow trail heading to left, traverses towards the base of North faces (45 minutes from Rifugio Lavaredo, 1 hour from Rifugio Auronzo) and skirts the base of Cima Grande towards its right-hand side.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo South faces from Lago Antorno
Tre Cime di Lavaredo South side
Lavaredo Northern walls
The majestic Northern walls

Route Description


Cima Grande di Lavaredo North Face Comici-Dimai, 1985

On Comici-Dimai


Comici - Dimai Route, Cima Grande di Lavaredo

North Wall-Comici Dimai topo

Comici - Dimai route (North Wall) report

Summit altitude: mt. 2999
ED inf., UIAA VII, or VI and A0
Climbing length: 550 mt.
Equipment: pegs
Exposure: N
First ascent: Emilio Comici – Giuseppe Dimai – Angelo Dimai 12-13-14 august 1933
First solo ascent: Emilio Comici unroped 2-9-1937
First winter ascent: Fritz Kasparek and Sepp Brunhuber 19/20-3-1938
First female ascent: Elda Bianchi Bertaglia with the guide G. Dimai 23-9-1943
First free ascent: attributed to Jean Claude Droyer in 1978
Starting point: Misurina (BL) mt. 1752
Huts: Rifugio Auronzo m. 2330 - Rifugio Lavaredo m. 2344

It’s advisable to stay overnight at Rifugio Auronzo or at Rifugio Lavaredo, because it’s required an alpine start to climb this route. The climbing line is situated in the right-hand side of the impressive North face.
The starting point is situated close to a grey pedestal.

L1 - Climb an easy ramp, then go towards left to enter a dihedral, formed by the ramp and the main wall, and finally go slants towards left to a stance over a ledge – III
L2 - A dihedral-crack on the left leads to a small ledge. IV.
L3 - On the left-hand side of the stance climb a thin crack (peg), then traverse left to another peg. Straightly along a yellow wall (VI and A0), then slants to left and finally straight up again to a stance on the right.
L4 - Straight up above the stance heading to a flake; climb it on the left, getting to another stance. VI and A0.
L5 - Traverse left to catch a yellow corner and climb it. VI and A0.
L6 - Climb another dihedral-crack, then exit right to a small ledge with two pegs. Another corner leads to a stance on the right. V+, VI
L7 - Traverse right to enter a little corner and climb it. VI and A0.
L8 - Slants to right towards a little roof, traverse right under the roof and then climb straightly a grey wall leading to a stance on a ledge. VI and A0 (Costantini variant starting point).

Tre Cime

Comici - Dimai - Ph. drunkfox

North Face - Comici

North Face - Comici - Ph. rpc

L9 - L 10 From this ledge the Comici original route traverses left, reaching a chimneys’ system rising towards an huge black roof 100 mt. above, while the Costantini variant rises straightly. The chimneys’ system leads to a terrace below a characteristic yellow and black dihedral-crack. IV+
L11 - L12 Two pitches along the dihedral-crack; in the second one a little roof is avoided climbing the crack on its right-hand side. Stance on a terrace. V+
L13 - Climb a black chimney, leading above the huge black roof. IV+. (Aschenbrenner variant starting point).
L14 – The original route traverses 30 meters left, while the Aschenbrenner variant climbs straightly. A long traverse, a short descent and a new traverse towards left. IV
L15L16 Climb a new chimneys’ system leading to the large circular ledge. IV
Follow the ledge 20 meters righwards.
L17L18L19 A chimneys’ system on some loose rocks leads to the summit.

Descent (2 hours): climbing South-Side Normal Route (UIAA II and III) – some equipped abseils
From the summit scramble down along a trail with some cairns reaching the great circular ledge. From here, both downclimbing (II grade UIAA) and making some abseils, gain the gully dividing Cima Grande from Cima Piccola and briefly return to the path leading to the parking.

Essential gear

Ropes 2 x 60, helmet, a full set of wires and cams, slings and several quickdraws.


Tre Scarperi and Rif. Locatelli-Innerkofler

Tre Scarperi and Rif. Locatelli-Innerkofler

Rifugio Auronzo

Rifugio Auronzo

Rifugio Auronzo mt.2330 - Forcella Longeres (CAI Club Alpino Italiano Sez. Auronzo)

Rifugio Locatelli - Innerkofler m. 2450
Guardians: Milka & Hugo Reider

Rifugio Lavaredo


In the Dolomites sometimes the weather is very changeable, with frequent thunderstorms especially in the afternoon. An alpine start is required!

When to climb

Normally the best period to climb the North wall goes from middle June to middle September.
The wall sometimes can be cool also in full summer. Better to choose not too cold days!

Red Tape

Tre Cime di Lavaredo South side

Lavaredo seen from Lago Antorno

No particulary restrictions in climbing; all the group is situated inside Northern Dolomites Area, one of the nine dolomitic areas admitted in the year 2009 in the list of UNESCO NATURAL SITES.


Dolomiti Meteo

DOLOMITI METEO Phone +390436780007 fax +390436780008

CENTRO VALANGHE DI ARABBA Phone +390436755711 fax 043679319 e-mail

Guidebooks and maps


Tre Cime di Lavaredo map


- Guidebooks

“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi
Athesia Editore

“Dolomiti Orientali” Vol. I Parte II by Antonio Berti – Guide dei Monti d’Italia CAI-TCI

- Maps

Tabacco n. 010 – Dolomiti di Sesto 1:25.000

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Charles - Oct 30, 2011 2:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: lapsus

I think it makes the most sense to quote the UIAA grade for it, it´s how it would be assessed when in Europe surely. I also have to ad that I don´t know the other system but if I was climbing in the US I´d swot up on grades and their European comparisons.



Grat route by the way :o))


AlbertoRampini - Nov 9, 2011 12:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

Hi, I'm just here, coming back from Anti Atlas; Hoggar is in Algery, while this range is situated in Southern Morocco, between Atlas Range and the desert. It was discovered by some British climbers in 1991 and it's really a gorgeous place to climbing!


Alberto - Mar 22, 2015 2:13 pm - Hasn't voted


Hi. I've been searching to climb a big wall in Europe. Some sites refer to this route, but in the fact sheet its says it's a 1-day climb. Is it possible/allowed to do the route in 2 days and overnight in a portaledge?


AlbertoRampini - Mar 23, 2015 1:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Portaledge?


the use of portaledge in the Dolomites is not expressly prohibited, but is not recommended to climb routes also much longer than this one. Not part of the Dolomites'climbing style! Comici is a 500 meters long route, so it's possible to climb it in a single day; if you want to climb the route in two or more days you can camp out on some small ledges you can find along the route. Good luck! - Mar 26, 2015 4:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Portaledge?

Hi, thx for your answer. The reason that I want to climb this rock in two days and use a portaledge is that I want to do do El cap in the future, but it will be several years before I will be able to go there (money and time), so I was looking for a rock in Europe to do some more than 1 day climbs, using a portaledge.

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