The beautiful area of Lastoni di Formin offers a great choice of classic and also some modern routes running on the wide West wall facing the road rising to Passo Giau and on the South-West wall overlooking the Alpe di Mondeval. Starting from the left Lastoni di Formin main climbing sectors are Gran Diedro, Grande Parete Costeana, Punta Lastoi or Spitz de Mondeval, IV Bastione di Mondeval and V Bastione di Mondeval.
The Pilastro Priolo is a superb classic route located in the sector of Gran Diedro, on the left part of the West wall. This face is easily visible from the road leading to Passo Giau from Cortina d'Ampezzo. It's a satisfying and fine route running on the stunning vertical and wide pillar on the left wall of the "Grande Diedro", located on the left part of Lastoni di Formin West wall. It is a route with compact rock developing at first along a succession of dihedrals on the right of the edge. The upper part, more airy and with greater difficulty, runs on the left of the edge and in the last part still on the right up to the summit.
The starting point to approach the route is Passo Giau m. 2236, one of the highest pass in the Dolomites, offering a breathtaking view over the majority of the Eastern and Western Dolomites. Passo Giau is situated at 16 km. from Cortina d’Ampezzo m. 1230 (Belluno province), the main resort in this area. Cortina can be approached from Belluno or from Bolzano:
- Road approach from Belluno: follow the road SS 51 towards North reaching Longarone and Pieve di Cadore; from Pieve the SS51 turns to left, reaching San Vito di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
- Road approach from Bolzano: take the Brennero Motorway, exit to Bressanone and then follow the road SS 51 along Pusteria Valley, reaching Brunico and Dobbiaco; from Dobbiaco follow on the right Val di Landro, reaching Carbonin m. 1432. At the fork road in Carbonin turn to right towards Cortina d’Ampezzo.
From Cortina d’Ampezzo m. 1230 to Passo Giau m. 2236
– Follow the road SS48 to Falzarego Pass and in Pocol turn to left following the Road SP638 to Passo Giau (16 km. from Cortina).
Summit altitude: m. 2956 Difficulty:TD, max UIAA VI Equipment: pegs Climbing length: 430 m Exposure: North West First ascent: A. Gross – G. Momoli 1963, September 3rd Starting point: road to Passo Giau
A stunning classic climb. The route offers some of the different styles of the climb in the Dolomites, as dihedrals, walls, cracks and chimneys.
There are two ways to descend:
- the shortest one is walking to the right (South) following some cairns towards the summit of Spitz de Mondeval (the highest point of the Lastoni di Formin) to get the starting anchor of the first one of 3 abseils (3 x 25 meters) within a large gully on the left of the summit cairn, getting the base of the wall (facing South) overlooking the Mondeval meadows. From here walk up to get the Forcella Giau, then take the path to Passo Giau, At a junction descend to the right to get the road.
- a longer way without rapping is by walking on Lastoni di Formin normal route, a nice hike across the karst tableland towards the Forcella Rossa, where a path descents to the Alpe di Mondeval and rises to Forcella Giau. From here as described in the previous point.
In addition to the normal climbing gear bring a complete set of friends, hammer and some pegs are advisable.
There are not particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing, but Lastoni di Formin are situated inside "Pelmo and Croda da Lago" area, one of the nine mountains systems of the Dolomites acknowledged as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE and require the best care and respect.
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Best season goes from June to October.
Rifugio Passo Giau m. 2236 is located just on the pass. There are several other possibilities of accomodation in Cortina and surroundings.
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"IV grado e più Dolomiti Orientali" by E. Zorzi, L. Brigo, C. Piovan - Ed. Idea Montagna“
“IV grado in Dolomiti” by Emiliano Zorzi - Ed. Idea Montagna
“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle "Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi - Ed. Athesia
We mention the valuable guide in reason of its great historical value: "Dolomiti Orientali Vol. I – Parte I” by Antonio Berti - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI
Map: Tabacco 03 – Dolomiti Ampezzane 1:25.000