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Tre Cime de Lavaredo after a storm. <br /> <br />It started raining on us eight pitches up Spitagoras, a 12-pitch 10a route. <br /> <br />We were rewarded with this view of the Tre Cime after we topped out.
Tre Cime de Lavaredo after a storm. It started ra...
In the cow pasture below the Tre Cime de Lavaredo, after climbing Spitagoras, a 12-pitch 10a route. <br /> <br />Photo by <a href='/u/bruce-hildenbrand//11057'>Bruce Hildenbrand</a>
In the cow pasture below the Tre Cime de Lavaredo,...
Farmhouse and cows below the Tre Cime. <br /> <br />We were in a surreal world after completing a 12-pitch climb: a cow pasture with imposing views of the Tre Cime de Lavaredo, with swirling clouds in the aftermath of a late-afternoon thunderstorm.
Farmhouse and cows below the Tre Cime. We were in...
Vajolet Towers and the Gartl Hut.  <br /> <br />From left to right: The Delago Tower, the Stabeler Tower, and the Winkler Tower. <br /> <br />The 5.8 Delago route ascends the left skyline arete of the Delago Tower.  This is one of the classic routes in the Dolomites.
Vajolet Towers and the Gartl Hut. From left to r...
Cinque Torri (Five Towers).  <br /> <br />This is the primary cragging area near Cortina.  Easy access with many one-to-four-pitch moderate climbs.
Cinque Torri (Five Towers). This is the primary ...
Sass de Stria.  <br /> <br />The Hexenstein Route (6 pitches, 5.7) climbs the highest peak in the left-center of the photo.  You can barely see the large metal cross that's on the summit. <br /> <br />On the descent, you can see old bunkers, caves, and lookouts from World War I.
Sass de Stria. The Hexenstein Route (6 pitches, ...
Tofana di Rozes.  <br /> <br />One of the largest peaks near Cortina.  We didn't climb it, but there are 15-to-30-pitch routes for the adventurous.
Tofana di Rozes. One of the largest peaks near C...
Torre Wundt and the Fonda Savio Hut.  <br /> <br />The Mazzorana Route, a 6-pitch 5.7, climbs the highest peak behind the hut.
Torre Wundt and the Fonda Savio Hut. The Mazzora...
Tre Cime de Lavaredo from the south.  <br /> <br />Photo taken from the summit of Torre Wundt.  The Aronzo Hut can be seen in the lower-center of the photo.
Tre Cime de Lavaredo from the south. Photo taken...
The base area at the Sass Pordoi tram. <br /> <br />We hiked up for an hour, did a 12-pitch rock climb to the summit, had lunch at the summit restaurant, and rode the tram back down.
The base area at the Sass Pordoi tram. We hiked u...
Sass Pordoi.  <br /> <br />A great 12-pitch 5.8 route, the Mariakante, starts on the sunlit face on the left of the photo.  The last pitch takes you to the summit, where a tram station, restaurant, hotel, and gift shop await.  A three-euro tram ride gets you back down in 5 minutes!
Sass Pordoi. A great 12-pitch 5.8 route, the Mar...
View of the Sass Pordoi tram near the top of the Mariakante rock climb.
View of the Sass Pordoi tram near the top of the M...
Enjoying lunch at the summit restaurant on Sass Pordoi, after a 12-pitch climb. <br /> <br />Photo by Bruce Hildenbrand.
Enjoying lunch at the summit restaurant on Sass Po...
Descending from a Dolomite summit via Via Ferrata.
Descending from a Dolomite summit via Via Ferrata.
This Via Ferrata had a new bridge as well.
This Via Ferrata had a new bridge as well.