Delenda Carthago - I Torre del Sella
The Sella Towers lie above the namesake alpine pass in the Dolomites, located between Sassolungo and Sella Groups and connecting Canazei (Val di Fassa) and Selva (Val Gardena). The towers are five in number, though the most famous are the first three ones, and belong to the extensive Sella Group, Mesules Subgroup. In reason of the scenic beauty and well worthy climbing routes, as well as the proximity to the Sella Pass and the speedy access, these spires are one of the most popular destinations in the Western Dolomites. First Sella Tower, the closest cliff to the pass, is greatly popular. There are many routes on its faces, and besides the classic ones there are also some sport routes (bolted). One of the most elegant and interesting sport route is Delenda Carthago, running on a superb steep wall facing South, built of excellent carved rock and rich in handholds, definitely a worthy outing.
The starting point of the approach path is Passo Sella (Jëuf de Sela in ladin, Sellajoch in german) m 2240, which can be reached either from Canazei either by Selva di Val Gardena.
- From Bolzano North follow the road to the little town of Ponte Gardena. From here take the road entering Val Gardena, pass Ortisei and reach Selva di Val Gardena. After 5,2 km from Selva di Val Gardena the road forks; turn to right (signpost Passo Sella), reaching the pass
- From Trento follow the A22 Brennero Motorway towards North, exit Egna-Ora and follow the road S51 towards Fassa Valley, getting to Cavalese, Predazzo, Moena and Canazei. Here take the road to Passo Sella, reaching the pass
- From Brennero Pass take the A22 Brennero Motorway towards South, exit Chiusa and then follow the roadway joining the Val Gardena road, pass Ortisei and Selva di Val Gardena. After 5,2 km from Selva di Val Gardena the road forks; take the road on the right (signpost Passo Sella), reaching the pass.
Delenda Carthago report
Summit altitude: m. 2553
Difficulty: French 6b max, UIAA VII, YDS 5.10b
Equipment: bolts and pegs
Climbing length: 180 m
First ascent: R. Galvagni - M. Maceri 2002, May
Starting point: Passo Sella m 2240
A highly satisfactory route, providing an exciting climbing up some superb steep walls on excellent carved "dolomia" rich in holds, that alternate athletic moves and other ones more technical. The route is well equipped on the harder sections and sparingly bolted on the easier pitches. A worthy outing, even when your time is limited or the weather forecast in the afternoon is uncertain.
First Sella Tower is the closest one to the parking lot. From the col walk down a few tens of meters along the road towards the Canazei side of the Sella pass and take the trail that at first climbs steeply up to get the hill, then runs to the right in the direction of the Prima Torre, passing under its South side. Scramble up to the starting point of the route (1 bolt), just below a ramp slanting right, about 40 meters to the left of a huge and obvious corner (Trenker corner). The route's line runs between Schober-Rossi on its left and Trenker on its right. The start is common with the route Schober – Rossi. 30 minutes from Passo Sella
L1 - Climb up some broken rock to the left of the Trenker corner towards a ramp (old pegs), pitch common with the route Schober- Rossi. 20 m
L2 - Climb up the ramp to reach the two bolt anchor just below the route becomes steep. 4b, 12 m
L3 – Great pitch. Traverse right 2 meters, then up a beautiful wall with tiny holes and “reglettes” on the right of the belay. After some easier meters slanting left, another hard move leads to the belay on a ledge. 6b, 25 m.
L4 – Turn an edge to the right, following some bolts to a ledge, traverse right a few meters, then climb a small dihedral-crack to another bolted belay. 6a, 28 m
L5 – Another great pitch. Up an overhanging wall, then on easier ground reach a belay near a flake. 6a, 20 m
L6 - A winding beautiful climb requiring a bit of intuition. Traverse slightly to the right, then back left to a ledge. 6a, 18 m
L7 - Climb up a nice slab and belay on the normal route ledge. 5c/6a, 30 m. A few meters to the summit log.
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