Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall)

Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall)

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 45.75052°N / 11.17696°E
Additional Information Route Type: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: 5.10a (YDS)
Additional Information Difficulty: TD inf., UIAA VI+
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 5
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Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall)


On the South face of Torre d'Emmele, a limestone mighty tower lying in the Sengio Alto Subgroup (Piccole Dolomiti), between Sella dell’Émmele and Forcella del Dente Rotto, we can climb this fine route realized by the sixth summiteer of the 14 8000m peaks Sergio Martini with his pal in the year 2007. Ultime Foglie d’Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall) is one of the latest routes and it’s developing on 200 meters of very good and steep grey “dolomia”, running between Via della Loffa on the right hand side and Daniele-Scorzato Ridge on the left.

Torre d'Emmele in late October
Torre d'Emmele in late October

Getting There

ROAD ACCESS There are two different possibilities:

From NE side: from A22 Brennero Motoway exit Rovereto, cross the town following the signposts "Vallarsa" and "Vicenza" and taking the SS46 rising inside the Vallarsa; a glance to San Colombano hermitage can't be missed!

The 8th century ancient San Colombano hermitage
The ancient San Colombano hermitage
WWI military stone near Malga Cornetto
WWI military stone near Malga Cornetto

After San Colombano, the road is crossing numberless small villages like Valmorbia, Anghebeni, Foxi, Raoxi and Parrocchia and reaching at least the pass named Passo Pian delle Fugazze mt. 1162 (km. 26 from Rovereto). From the pass, situated on the border between Trento and Vicenza provinces, follow for about 50 meters the road towards Vicenza and sudden leave it, turning to right to take the King’s Road (Strada del Re, an old road suitable for vehicles only for some kilometers) leading to Malga Cornetto. Park the car in a pull-out on the left side of the road.

From SW side: from A4 “Serenissima” Motorway exit Vicenza West and follow the SS46 crossing the town of Schio and rising along Val Leogra towards Valli del Pasubio, Ponte Verde and Pian delle Fugazze. 50 meters before getting to the pass turn to left following the King’s Road which leads to Malga Cornetto. Park the car in a pull-out on the left side of the road.

Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall)


Ultime Foglie d'Autunno topo


Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Last Leaves of Fall) report - UIAA Scale

Summit altitude: m. 1793
TD inf., UIAA IV, V, V+, VI+ (crux)
Climbing length: 200 m.
Equipment: pegs along the pitches, ribbons, equipped belays
Exposure: S
First ascent: Sergio Martini – Giorgio Nicolodi 2007, december 1th
Starting point: Malga Cornetto (Trentino side)

A steep and magnificent recent route on first class “dolomia” leading to a superb summit.

From Malga Cornetto follow the King’s road by walking, reaching a good trail named “Émmele Path” on the right-hand side of the road. Follow it (marks to Monte Cornetto and Sella dell’Émmele) and when you’re getting to the 10th hairpin, leave it and go towards left, following a poor trail (red marks), skirting the bottom of Torre d’Émmele on easy rocks and grassy slopes, then rising towards right inside the Boale del Dente Rotto, lying between Torre d’Émmele on the right and Dente Rotto on the left. After the starting point of Via della Loffa reach some huge blocks just nearby the starting point of the route. Cairn and a well visible peg some meters over the starting area.

L1 - On the left side of a little cave climb a steep little wall (peg), then follow some slab (ribbon into a hole). Belay on a good stance below a magnificent and wide grey wall. IV+, III, 32 m.

L2 - Climb the wall little by little steeper, and a bit overhanging in the ending meters, on awesome compact rock (some pegs), reaching a comfortable stance below another grey wall. IV, V+, VI+, 33 m.

L3 – From the stance climb the impending wall, less compact but always steep on superb rock, leading to a step. Common belay with Via della Loffa. V, 45 m.

Below the second pitch's steep wall, Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Torre d'Emmele)
Below the second pitch's steep wall, Ultime Foglie d'Autunno (Torre d'Emmele)

L4 – Go slants to left towards a black and steep wall; climb it straight, then easier rocks are leading to a stance on a dwarf pine nearby a little notch. V+, 30 m.

L5 – Cross the notch and climb a grey wall (peg and ribbons) reaching a stance on another dwarf pine. Scramble on shortly to the summit cairn.


Torre d'Emmele, a climber getting to the top
Torre d'Emmele, a climber getting to the top
Summit of Torre d'Emmele
Summit of Torre d'Emmele





Descent: from the summit cairn scramble down easy rocks and grassy slope heading towards North (red marks) reaching the Arroccamento trail. Turn to right and follow it to Sella dell'Emmele, where the Emmele path is starting and coming down to the King's road and to Malga Cornetto (1 hour from the top).

Émmele's path
The hairpin of Sentiero dell'Emmele

Essential Gear

Rope 2x50 m, helmet, quickdraws

Red Tape

No particulary restrictions in climbing and hiking. Torre d'Emmele is located in "Piccole Dolomiti Natural Park"

When to climb

Best season goes from May to the end of October

View of Torre d'Emmele

Torre d’Émmele and Denti
Torre d'Emmele and Denti
Torre d’Émmele seen from Apostolo
Torre d'Emmele seen from Apostolo
Torre d'Emmele in Spring
Torre d'Emmele in Spring
The approach path to Torre d’Émmele
In Autumn

Where to stay

Torre d’Émmele map


- Rifugio Toni Giuriolo m. 1456 - Passo Campogrosso m. 1456, Recoaro (Vicenza) - Phone +39044575030

- Rifugio Alla Guardia - loc. La Guardia di Campogrosso, Recoaro (Vicenza) Phone +39044575257


- Alberghi Pian delle Fugazze m. 1163 s.l.m. - Passo Pian delle Fugazze, Vallarsa (Trento)

- Rifugio Balasso m. 983 - Valli del Pasubio (Vicenza)



Dolomiti Meteo

Guidebooks and maps



Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni new climbing guidebook
Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni
Little Dolomites Guidebook
Arrampicata scelte
Piccole Dolomiti Guidebook
Piccole Dolomiti-Pasubio

"Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni - Arrampicate scelte" by Guido Casarotto - An updated and complete selection of the best climbing routes in Little Dolomites, Ed. Cierre 2015

“Piccole Dolomiti – Pasubio” by Gianni Pieropan - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI

“Arrampicate nelle Piccole Dolomiti” by Guido Casarotto


Pasubio-Carega 1:25.000



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