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Elevation: 8,427 ft
GPS: 46.173, 10.891 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Kristine Hoffman on Nov 29, 2014
Admins: Tim Wolfe
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Description

The Brenta group of mountains lie West of the Adige Valley (the A22 freeway coming out of Austria going South to Bolzano, Trento and Verona) and North of Lake Garda (just a short distance from the Arco climbing areas). While this might imply they should be listed as a different mountain range entirely, in fact the rock is of high quality Dolomitic limestone. The rock tends to be quite steep with many holds as is typical in the Dolomites. However the approaches are much longer (3-5 hours) and the peaks more remote and committing. Due to the long approaches it is often best to stay in a Rifugio near the peak you desire to ascend. Be aware that the huts can get fairly busy during the prime season due to the many Via Ferrata – so call ahead for reservations.

Getting There

The main access point for this group is from the village of Madonna di Campiglio. To get there exit the A22 toll way onto the S43 road heading Northwest from the freeway. This exit lies south of Bolzano and north of Trento. After skirting along the west edge of Lago di Sta Giustina (a lake), the road turns south west on road S42. Drive for a few kilometers until you arrive at the village of Dimaro. Here you will turn south on a small road (S239) heading towards Madonna di Campiglio where accommodations and supplies are available. South of town are car parks that you can drive to, park and begin your approaches following signposted trails leading to several of the rifugios. The mountains and routes are easily accessed from a hut(rifugio) or by a very early start and long morning/evening walks car to car. Routes on Catelletto are approached via the Rifugio Tuckett. Routes on Campanile Basso and Brenta Alta via Rifugio Pedrotti. The Crozzon di Brenta is accessed via Rifugio Brentei.

Routes in the mountains of the southern aspect of the group (Torre D’Ambiez, Cima D’Ambiez) are accessed from the Rifugio Agostini which is a 4 hour hike north from the car park at Rifugio Dolomite. To get to the car park you must access the village of San Lorenzo in Banale. To arrive at this village exit the A22 toll road in Trento and head west then southwest on S45b towards Sarche (good sport climbing area). At Sarche turn west through a steep road with many tunnels to the town of Comano Terme at which point you will turn North on the S421 and drive 9 km to Lorenzo in Banale.

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