Cima Piccola SW Face - Normal Route (Innerkofler Route)

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Belluno, Italy, Europe
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Cima Piccola SW Face - Normal Route (Innerkofler Route)
Created On: Sep 25, 2011
Last Edited On: Sep 25, 2011


It's the lowest but certainly the most elegant of the Tre Cime.
The normal route is more direct and difficult than those of Cima Grande and Cima Ovest. Was first climbed on July 25, 1881, by Michel and Hans Innerkofler.
The large number of repetitions makes it a superclassic route.


This can be approached from either the parking lot at the Auronzo hut or from the Lavaredo hut. There is a well defined trail from near the church to a gully goes left at the col between Cima Grande and Cima Piccola (red marking). 20 min (from Lavaredo) to 1 hour (from Auronzo)

Route Description

Side Route: South-West
Route ascent: 540 m
Total ascent: 1.080 m
Rise time: 4 hours
Total time: 7 hours
Altitude: 2.857 m

The initial stretch of climbing is easy steps to back the forepart of the Cima Piccola. Continue along the middle stretch of the west wall climbing with a series of steps II and III degree of terraces and ledges until you reach the final at the base of the chimney, the chimney Zsigmondy precisely.
Going back up the chimney meets the most challenging section of the route, with a passage very exposed and steep slippery rock (IV). After a brief stop continue to go back up the chimney leading from the summit.

The abseiling follows the same route from the summit down to the terrace. Then goes directly down to Forcella della Piccola (about 10-12 rappels).

Essential Gear

Rappel anchors are in place.
Bring 2 ropes: the all rappels are from up to 25 m, but the descent with two ropes will be much faster.
Helmet advised: rockfall caused by other climbers on the terraces possible.