Dolomites – Part 1

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08/19/08. Via Del Guide (IV, 4P) & Via Miriam (V+, 4P) on Torre Grande

Given that our previous limestone climbing experience consisted of about 20 feet of climbing – all in Sedona, AZ where the three towers we’ve done have a 4-8 foot tall limestone band embedded in the sandstone – we had no idea what to expect. We set our expectations low as we rode the chairlift up to the Cinque Torri Group above Cortina. A grueling 5 minute approach brought us to the base of the “IV” route on Torre Grande/Cima Ovest. Rock is solid (despite the appearance from afar), grippy and well-featured. Scenic if crowded summit.

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Before heading down, we also got on Via Miriam next door. Nice route as well even if the first pitch is very polished. Things went well till I screwed up on the final pitch following a dead end line of loose pegs (felt harder than the expected grade V…). Mistake was corrected shortly at the cost of a nut (not mine fortunately!) and we were hiking down to the car making plans for the next day.

Photos

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Shirley enduring the epic approach to the Cinque Torri area (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley with Tofana di Rozes in the background (Aug. 2008).

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The remainder of the arduous approach. Torre Grande dominates the views (Aug. 2008).

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Leading pitch 1 of Via Delle Guide on Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Looking back at the short approach to Via Del Guide from the top of the chairlift and Rifugio Scoiattoli (Aug. 2008).

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Consulting the guidebook at the first belay on Via Delle Guide on Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley topping out on pitch 2 of Via Delle Guide (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley topping out on pitch 3 (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley leading pitch 4 (Aug. 2008).

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Yours truly on the summit of Torre Grande with Tofana di Rozes in the background after our climb of Via delle Guide (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley on the summit of Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Tofana di Rozes from the summit of Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Rapping off Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Unknown climbers on Torre Barancio as seen from the top of the Via Del Guide (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley and Tofana di Rozes (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley hiking over to the start of Via Miriam after our climb of Via Del Guide…both on Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Leading pitch 1 of Via Miriam on Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Some Dolomites flora (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley topping out on pitch 1 of Via Miriam of Torre Grande (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley leading pitch 2 of Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Starting up pitch 3 of Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Looking back at Shirley (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley topping out on pitch 3 of Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley starting up pitch 4 of Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Off-route start to pitch 4 of Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley on pitch 4 (Aug. 2008).

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Belaying Shirley on the exit pitch (#5) of Via Miriam on Torre Grande’s South Summit (Aug. 2008).

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Topping out on Via Miriam (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley rapping off Torre Grande after our first day of Dolomites climbing (Aug. 2008).

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Back at the base (Aug. 2008).

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Hiking back towards the (closed) ski lift at the end of the day (Aug. 2008).

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Shirley and Tofana (Aug. 2008).

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One more look at the Cinque Torri cluster of towers (Aug. 2008).

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