Mezzodì-Prampèr group

Mezzodì-Prampèr group

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 46.29672°N / 12.16678°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 7904 ft / 2409 m
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Overview

 

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The group "Mezzodì-Prampèr" belongs entirely to the "Dolomiti di Zoldo" range as a small section of it. More or less enclosed between the groups of Bosconero to the East and Tamèr-S.Sebastiano to the West, this group is also part of the Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. This small mountain group, including the two sub-groups Crode di Pramper  and Spiz di Mezzodì, dominates the village of "Zoldo" 840 m and has the overall shape of a trapezoid.  The most interesting and outstanding side is the Western one, which is situated from N to S almost entirely above the "Val Pramper". The group is surrounded by the valleys: "Valle di Zoldo", "Val Prampèr", "Val Pramperèt", "Valle del Grisol", and "Canale del Maè"Spiz di Mezzodì 2323m and Cima di Prampèr 2409m are the major summit of the group. The pass called "Forcella del Venièr" 2100m is considered the boundary between the two subgroups.

Both the subgroups, very different from each other, are joined and then geologically considered part of the same group. If seen from the east the group is not very impressive and consists of pretty steep and wooded slopes. Instead seen from the west, it stands above the “Val Prampèr” with cliffs covered of pines, buttress, canyons and numerous high rock towers that change color during sunset …. the "Spiz". The "Cima di Prampèr", at the southern end of the massif, has the shape of a pyramid and it is rocky on the North, West and South sides and detrital on the East side. 

Spiz di Mezzodì west side

Spiz di Mezzodì west side

Not being very high peaks here - in fact the highest point is Cima di  Prampèr 2409 m -  they are underestimated by most of the tourists (exept for the locals). Anyhow these mountains are still very wild and challenging as all the South branch of the Dolomites of Belluno, with long and tough approaches. Water sources are also very rare in summer.

The origin of the term "Spiz" is typical of the mountains of Belluno. "Mezzodì" means "noon" due to its location perfectly to the South when viewed from the village of Zoldo. (There are others peaks that get the name from the sundial, for example the “Cima Dodici”, "Cima Undici", "Cima Una" in the “Dolomiti di Sesto”). The term "Prampèr" in the local dialect means "mountain pasture" and has a very ancient origin.

 
Cima di Prampèr

Cima di Prampèr

 

Major and minor peaks of the group

Peaks of..
The peaks of the Mezzodì subgroup

The Mezzodì subgroup overlooks to the North the village of Zoldo, while its southern limit is the "forcella Venièr" 2100m.

Major peaks of the subgroup from north are:

- Spiz Tiziana 2088 m
- Spiz Mary 2217 m  Ma.
- Spiz Nord 2305 m  S.N
- Spiz de la Oliana 1929 m
- Spiz Laila 2216 m  La.
- Spiz Est 2317 m  S.E
- Spiz de la Tana de l’Ors 1965 m
- Spiz di Mezzo 2324 m  S.M. (main summit)
- Spiz Sud 2309 m  S.S

 

Minor peaks of the subgroup from north are:

- Spiz del Belvedere 2062m
- Crèpe sòra’l Giaròn  2090m-2171m
- Spiz Minimi 1850m
- Spiz Nord Est 2040m
- Torrione di Sòra’l Sass 1917m
- Spiz Nord Ovest 2060m  NO
- Pulpito dello Spiz Nord Ovest 1950m
- Spiz de la Porta 2171m  Po.
- Piccolo Dente 2194m  P.D.

The Spiz di Mezzo from Spiz Sud
The Spiz di Mezzo from Spiz Sud
Spiz di Mezzodì
Spiz di Mezzodì
The subgroup of Cima di Prampèr overlooks the Val Pramperèt that belongs to the Val Prampèr. It starts from the "Forcella del Venièr" with numerous pinnacles.
 
The most important summits from North are:
Cima di Prampèr

Cima di Prampèr from bivouac Carnielli

 
- Cima del Venièr 2237 m
- Cima del Coro 2324 m
- Dente della Sagretta 2233 m
- Spìgol del Palòn 2314 m
- Piccolo Spìgol del Palòn 2280 m
- Cima di Prampèr 2409 m (main summit)
- Cima di Pramperèt 2337 m
- Piccola Torre di Pramperèt ?m
- Spiz del Tita 2179 m

Getting there

 
The group is located into the “Dolomiti di Zoldo” region. For who came from “Pianura Padana” (Milan, Turin or Venice), the fastest way is reach the village of "Forno di Zoldo". Not far from the city of "Belluno". The way to reach the huts and the routes of the group, starts from the bottom of the Val Prampèr. It starts from the village of Zoldo. Cars are admitted till the location of "Piàn de la Fòpa" 1210 m with a good car park. A gravelled road keep going along the valley untill the refuge Sommariva.
 
The group

From left, Spiz di Mezzodì and Cima di Prampèr

 
From Turin or Milan or Venice: motorway A4 - Mestre - motorway A27.  Otherwise, reach the village of "Zoldo". It isn't the easiest way but very panoramic.
From "Feltre" or "Belluno": road n.203 – AgordoPasso DuranZoldo
 
By plane The nearest international airports are "Treviso", used for many low-cost flights, and "Venice" "Marco Polo".
By train The nearest railway station is Longarone; Belluno station can also be used as the DolomitiBus service leaves from there for Longarone/Pecol.
By bus Various buses of the DolomitiBus service leave from the Belluno bus station (opposite the railway station) and reach Val Zoldana in approx. 1hour.
Tourist Office/Ufficio Turistico Provinciale di Zoldo Alto Viale Dolomiti, 4 32010 Zoldo Alto (BL) Tel. 0437 789145 Fax 0437 788878 www.infodolomiti.it zoldoalto@infodolomiti.it
 
The route to...

The route to bivouac Carnielli

The bivouac...

The bivouac Carnielli and the Val Prampèr seen from the summit of Spiz Sud

 
In the nearby...

In the nearby of bivouac Carnielli

The "Viàz"

Viàz

example of "Viàz"

History
 
The first explorers of the massif were the local hunters of chamois. Most of the paths get the origin from that ancient hunts. Even today, above the common tourist routes, there are same wild, hidden and exposed paths called “Viàz” that traverse the ledges of these rocky mountains. Routes across the ledges are typical of the Dolomites as much as the ledges are typical chacteristic of the structure of these famous mountains (for example the "Cengia Grohman" of Monte Pelmo or the "Cengia Gabriella" in the Dolomiti di Sesto and much more). The local dialect term "Viàz" anyhow is only used around the Zoldo range. A few of this kind of routes cross the massif. Two of these are very interesting and suggested:

 

- Viàz del Gonèla

The tradition attributes the discovery and the name of the viàz to the chamois hunter of last century "Giacomo Pra Baldi" nicknamed "El Gonèla".  It consists of a magnificent ledge that crosses under the reddish walls of Spiz Nord. It requires knowledge of mountaineering and excellent sense of direction, in an impressive and solitary environment. It is also used to achieve the attacks of climbing routes. It connects the refuge Sora'l Sass to the bivouac Carnielli. 4.00/4.30h  diff. EEA I/ II 

- Viàz de la Oliana

It is a daring way through the ledges of the base of the Spiz Nord. In ancient times it was used as a shortcut between Zoldo and the carpenters who worked near the Pala dei Làres. The neme "Oliana" originates from the name of a young girl that was carrying food through this route to the woodcutters. It connects the same points of the Viàz del Gonèla, but it is lower and is now very poorly attended. 4.00/4.30h  diff. EEA  I

 

Red Tape

No fees no permits required. The whole group is part of the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi, a mountain system included among the nine ones acknowledged as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. More info about Dolomiti Unesco World Heritage here:

- in the article by Silvia MazzaniDolomites living mountains
- on the Unesco Official web-site: Unesco
- on the Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco web-site: Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco

Bivouacs and Huts

Bivouac Carnielli
Bivacco De Marchi - Carnielli

Bivacco De Marchi-Carnielli 2010 m

Open from: Permanently
Telephone: None
Keeper: None
Property: CAI Conegliano Tel: 043824041
Places: 9
From Pian de la Fòpa 1210m - path n.522 - 2 hours - diff. EE

 

 

Refuge Sommariva
Refuge Sommariva

Refuge Sommariva al Pramperèt 1857 m

Open from: 30 of June till mid of September
Telephone: +39 0337-528403
Property: CAI Oderzo Tel: +39 0422-716354
Places: 36
From Piàn de la Fòpa 1210m - path n.523 - 3 hours - diff. E
 
 
 
 
 
Refuge sora'l Sass
Refuge sora'l Sass
 
 
Refuge Sora'l Sass (Giovanni Angelini) 1588m
 
Open from: 20 of June till 20 of September
Telephone: +39 333.8405449
Keeper: Campo Katia +39 347.7454940 - 0437.78584
Property: CAI Zoldo
Places: 22
From Forno di Zoldo - path n.534 - 2 hours - diff. E
From Piàn de la Fòpa - path n.534 - 1.30 hours - diff. EE
 
 
 
 

Meteo

ARPA Dolomiti Meteo

Guidebooks

Pelmo e Dolomiti di Zoldo guidebook

"Pelmo e Dolomiti di Zoldo" - G. Angelini, P. Sommavilla - Guide Monti d'Italia CAI-TCI 1983