Geographical Classification : Eastern Alps > Dolomites > Pale di San Martino > Cima Manstorna
I have hesitated to put up Cima Manstorna on SP, mostly because I climbed it by accident and having "chosen" the wrong access route didn't make it quite to the summit. But Cima Manstorna is an almost perfect lookout summit (yes you can tell even if you only made it to the shoulder 100m below the summit) and it is never
crowded. It is not located near to any of the trails that run across the Altipiano delle Pale di San Martino and in any case close-by Cima della Fradusta
is the higher and more popular destination.
Moreover Cima Manstorna is easy to get to - if you start out from the right (that is western) side. Access routes are very long, however. The summit is rounded - like so many of the summits on the Altipiano - and the rock is of good quality. There are few scree fields and thanks to the lack of visitors the rock is not polished. I assume that in former ages Cima Manstorna was covered by a glacier - much like Cima della Fradusta - which must have been responsible for the smooth surfaces on all sides of the mountain.
Thanks to its position above Val Canali the summit is a great lookout point. The direct southern view is obstructed by the slightly higher Cima dei Lastei but in all other directions there are few limits. Thanks to our dumbness - we tried to reach Forca Alta del Ghiacciaio and mistook trail signs when we left Passo Canali we were already halfway up the north-east "ridge" before we noticed our error. We went on but only reached the shoulder east of the summit from where a steep 40m climb would have taken us to the summit. Without equipment and experience this was out of the question.
Looking north-east during the ascent to Cima della Fradusta. Cima Manstorna to the right. Hide / Show annotations
Sass de le CaureSass de le SnareCima de la BetaCroda GrandeCime del MarmorCime Vani AltiCima ManstornaCima dei Lastei