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08/23/08. South Face – Trenker (V-, 6P) on First Sella Tower

Trenker

Leading the polished (& soon to be wet from a downpour) Trenker/Pescota (V-, 6P) route on First Sella Tower's south face (August 2008).

On the 22nd poor weather once again kept us from climbing. We drove around scoping out approaches to some climbs that have recently made our list. The following day more questionable weather brought us back looking for something short at Sella Pass. Though we were planning on doing Tissi on south face of Sella One, a light drizzle steered us to the easier Trenker line next door. Climbing was largely forgettable but the crux 10 feet were very polished and the on/off rain was not helping. As we got back to the car, skies opened up and we were driving back through sheets of rain.

Photos

Castelrotto

Castelrotto town in the South Tyrol region of Italy. Our home base during the first Dolomites trip (Aug. 2008).


Bolzano

Bolzano in northern Italy. On a marginal weather day we took a drive out there ("gateway to the Dolomites"). Shirley and a mini Fiat? Citroen? (Aug. 2008).


Bolzano

Bolzano (Aug. 2008).


Tofana Di Rozes

Tofana Di Rozes' south face as seen from Rifugio Dibona. These are the typical conditions we saw until our climb day. South Buttresses 1, 2, and 3 are visible (we'd climb 2 later on the trip; Aug. 2008).


Tofana Di Rozes

Tofana Di Rozes and its South Face Buttress 2. We'd later climb the easier of its two routes, the 18-pitch Pillar Rib (VI-; Aug. 2008).

Trenker on First Sella Tower

First Sella Tower

The south face of First Sella Tower. The diagonalling left-facing dihedral on the right (well, center of photo) houses the Trenker route (V-). The right-facing dihedral on the left is the Tissi (VI) route. Both slick and neither particularly enjoyable (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Shirley topping out on pitch 1 of Trenker route on First Sella Tower (V-; Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Shirley topping out on pitch 2 or 3 of Trenker...with the light drizzle adding to the alpine ambiance (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Leading the polished (& soon to be wet from a downpour) Trenker/Pescota (V-, 6P) route on First Sella Tower's south face (August 2008).


Trenker

Shirley atop the 2nd or 3rd pitch of the Trenker route on First Sella Tower (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Leading the 4th (probably) pitch of Trenker route on Sella One (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Same pitch - higher and with incrementally shittier weather (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Shirley arriving on the large ledge atop pitch 4 of Trenker route (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Leading a 3rd class traverse high on Trenker route of First Sella Tower (Aug. 2008).


Trenker

Shirley topping out on the Trenker route on First Sella Tower in a brief paus in the rain (Aug. 2008).


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