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2013 Dolomites Trip

 
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Me, on the first pitch of Torre Lusy. This ascent was made on the 50th Anniversary of my earlier climb of the route on 8 September 1963. This was my first introduction to climbing in the Cortina area at Cinque Torri.
Me, on the first pitch of Torre Lusy. This ascent ...
First belay ledge, Torre Lusy.
First belay ledge, Torre Lusy.
Climbing 4th lead, Torre Lusy. This pitch is steep but endowed with very good holds keeping the difficulty at UIAA IV-, or YDS 5.4.
Climbing 4th lead, Torre Lusy. This pitch is steep...
Still on 4th pitch, but this one is very photogenic.
Still on 4th pitch, but this one is very photogeni...
Summit photo: Mauro Bernardi and Rodger Raubach.
Summit photo: Mauro Bernardi and Rodger Raubach.
Rodger, getting tied in on Torre Piccola Falzarego (11 September 2013) for the via della Guida. UIAA IV+, nine leads.
Rodger, getting tied in on Torre Piccola Falzarego...
The easy but exposed traverse on pitch 2 of via della Guida.
The easy but exposed traverse on pitch 2 of via de...
Got the traverse nailed!
Got the traverse nailed!
Chimney/dihedral on pitch 4. Pretty easy but interesting climbing at UIAA IV-, or YDS 5.4.
Chimney/dihedral on pitch 4. Pretty easy but inter...
Continuing up this corner system on pitch 4. Some fun stemming/bridging for a few moves...
Continuing up this corner system on pitch 4. Some ...
Pitch 5, shortly after the crux moves at UIAA IV+, which seemed more like YDS 5.7 than 5.6.  This was THE lead of the entire climb for pure pleasure on an enormous 70 degree slab at 5.4/5.5 climbing for 120 feet.
Pitch 5, shortly after the crux moves at UIAA IV+,...
Exposed and marvelous fun!
Exposed and marvelous fun!
Remains of First World War Lazarett lie immediately below this route. Lazarett =  Military Hospital.
Remains of First World War Lazarett lie immediatel...
Moving over to the final edge or Arete which leads to the summit.
Moving over to the final edge or Arete which leads...
Finally getting somewhere!
Finally getting somewhere!
The mandatory "summit shot."
The mandatory "summit shot."
Mauro Bernardi, and a Swiss party share the summit.
Mauro Bernardi, and a Swiss party share the summit...
At the summit spire!
At the summit spire!
Ready to trudge back to the car, find a restaurant, and a cold drink! Falzarego Towers directly overhead!
Ready to trudge back to the car, find a restaurant...
Climbing Torre Quarta Bassa, Regular Route. (16 September 2013).
Climbing Torre Quarta Bassa, Regular Route. (16 Se...
The first pitch of this climb is pretty well polished from lots of traffic. UIAA III+, or YDS 5.3. It sure felt harder than "5.3!"
The first pitch of this climb is pretty well polis...
At 1st belay ledge under the roof.
At 1st belay ledge under the roof.
Torre Quarta Alta (left-rectangular formation), and Torre Quarta Bassa (right-pyramidal formation).
Torre Quarta Alta (left-rectangular formation), an...
Torre Quarta Bassa, Via Normale,  with approximate line of the route in red.
BETA PHOTO: Torre Quarta Bassa, Via Normale, with approximate...
Tied-off Sanduhr for natural protection.
Tied-off Sanduhr for natural protection.