The Third Sella Tower typifies the
Dolomite walls. Huge steep and featured walls tempt climbers from all over
"I had been strongly
affected by photographs I had seen of climbers on those horrendously steep
climbs". Layton Kor
View toward the Marmolada Glacier
with the Piz Ciavazes wall looming in the foreground taken from the top
of the Third Sella Tower.
At the base of the Picollissima
an apparition emerged out of the heavy fog. It said, "Don't go up there
today" and then seemed to dissolve back into the fog. We didn't go up.
We chose to hike to the north
side to get a glimpse of the famous walls of the Tre Cima, after all, the
purpose of our visit was to climb the Comici route on the Grande Cima.
The heavy fog completely obscured the walls. Instead we witnessed a striking
contrast of a barren and grey landscape with the incredible beauty and
color of the flowers.There would be no climbing here for us on this trip.
We moved lower to the sport climbing
areas like the Cinque Torre, a group of towers that take on unusual forms
"There is nothing
more surreal, more abstract than reality". Giorgio Morandi
Strangely, the Cinque Torre is made
up of many more than five towers, most of which offer classic climbing
in a stunning setting.
traditional climbs are available up to five pitches.
And as the weather deteriorated we
moved to lower altitudes still, to areas like Crepe de Oucera and Sasso
Dlacia, both offering excellent climbing.
Surprisingly, these areas were not
crowded. In fact we shared these crags with only one other party.
The rivers swell from the storms
and we move on. Perhaps next time the elements will be more cooperative.