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"Punta dei Tre Scarperi" 3152 m - Dreischusterspitze in german - is the highest peak of the "Dolomiti di Sesto" group, and the Northernmost mountain overcoming 3000 metersof the Dolomites.
Its importance can be compared to the major surrounding Dolomites mountains, like “Cristallo”, “Antelao” and “Croda dei Toni”. It is a mysterious and regal mountain and when seen from the North it looks like a majestic pyramid, while the East and West sides take the shape of a jagged ridge with walls cut by gullies.
Great is the effect of seclusion for those who climb its slopes, featured especially by the length and the difficulty of access. Its flanks doesn’t host any refuges or bivouacs, no "Via ferrata" or important paths. Just few routes indicated by rare cairn.
Because of the length of the approach, the lack of convenient trails, the wild and fearful aspect that the whole chain inspires, the ascent of this peak (even across the Normal route) is reserved only for highly experienced climbers of limestone with difficulty grade of I and II and some steps of III. It reguires good sense of orientation, too.
The first part of the normal route east (Via Grohmann) is not easy to find but it is not particularly difficult, apart the access channel which is very landslide. The second part of the climb is long and with more difficulty, alternating stretches of I and II degree, while in the channels of the final approach to the top you will find a few brief grade III.
It is important to keep in mind that it is a long climb with some problems of orientation, with the greatest difficulties concentrated in the final and that requires great experience in this kind of environment, not to be underestimated. The approach may be done either from the west, from “Val Campo di Dentro” or from “Val Fiscalina”.
The original name of the mountain was given in the 1770 as: “Drei Schuster Berg” and after in the 1845 as ”Gsellknoten”. The first and the definitive name would be connected to a local legend about three shoemakers of Sesto that were hunting for deers.
The group is separated from the remnant of the Dolomiti di Sesto group by the “Passo Grande dei Rondoi” 2289 m and delimitated by four valleys: “Val Fiscalina”, “Val di Sesto”, “Val Campo di Dentro (Innerfeldtal)” and “Val Sassovecchio (Altensteintal)”.
Other minor summits of the group are: “Punta Piccola degli Scarperi (Kleiner Schuster)” 3095m, the “Punta Lavina Bianca (Weißlahnspitz)” 2987m and the “Lastron degli Scarperi (Schusterplatte)” 2957m
Punta dei tre Scarperi is located on the Northern part of the "Dolomiti di Sesto", a group of mountains on the border between "Alto Adige" and "Veneto" regions.
The starting village to climb is Sesto, located along the Valle di Sesto, a branch of the larger Val Pusteria. The road approach can be done from both sides, but the Alto Adige side has two valleys at the foot of the peak and two refuges, even if far from the summit.
From Bolzano-Alto adige:
From Autobrennero motorway exit Bressanone and take the Val Pusteria, following the indication "Val Pusteria/Dobbiaco". Pass Dobbiaco and after the village of S.Candido/Innichen turn to right towards Sesto/Sexten, reaching Sesto, then Moso. In Moso turn to right to Bagni di Moso and Val Fiscalina.
For who comes from the Veneto side, motorway A4 from Milano or Venice, motorway A27 to Belluno, SP 52 to Auronzo di Cadore , then valle di Sesto.
"Val Campo di Dentro" and "Val Fiscalina" start from the village of "Sesto" 1316 m and they start very close to each others.
- Val Campo di Dentro hosts the refuge "Tre Scarperi" 1626 m, easily reached in 1 hour from the car park few km beyond Sesto.
- Val Fiscalina hosts the private refuge "Fondovalle" 1548 m. Not far from the car park, it is also the starting point to get the refuges "Comici", "Pian di Cengia" and "Locatelli".
Both the car parks can also be reached by a good bus services, for who wants to do hikes from different parts of the group.
Summit: 3046 m
Difficulty: Alpine PD+,II/III III+ max
Difference in level: 1700 m
Starting point: Refuge Fondovalle (Val Fiscalina)
From the parking lot of Val Fiscalina take the road that leads to the refuge Fondovalle, then just past the horse stables on the right take a trace of path that goes right into the woods, very narrow in the begin with low pines, heading for the "Lavina Bianca" (pay attention to the deviations, always follow the left path, some small cairns remains from the Austrian warpath).
Once having reached the end of the vegetation, continue penetrating in the center of the gravelled slope "Lavina Bianca" and carry on up the spur that descends from Tre Scarperi summit (on the way you will find the remains of the Austrian barracks). To the right there are the paths leading to the "Macchie dei Scarperi" and the "Forcella dei Sassi". This notch can be also reached from the refuge "tre Scarperi" on the opposite side of the mountain.
Once passed a first channel you get to a second steep channel on the right (hard ground and landslide on the surface) to a kind of notch at its end. During that step keep yourself on the left of the channel, leaning against the wall.
From the saddle, go up for few hundred meters along the steep cliffs, until you reach the edge of the large terrace sloping. You can walk across the terrace or at the bottom (a lot of attention to the jump below!); or walking in unwieldy screes that run through it.