Type: Trad, Alpine, 820 ft, 9 pitches, Grade III
FA: Anton Zelger, Frau Baronin von Kasnapoff. 1913
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Shared By: e Dixon on May 25, 2007 with updates from Joost van Halm
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Good, fun route on steep face and corner climbing.

Pitch 1 - Climb up and to the right to reach a small niche above a crack. (40m)

Pitch 2 - Start up face and continue up through a corner/chimney. Then move to the right to gain a small ledge. (50m)

Pitch 3 - Climb up the loose-looking, black chimney to gain a ramp. Follow the slightly chossy ramp up and slightly left. (45m)

Pitch 4 - Follow the chimney up to below some yellow overhangs. Move right under the overhangs to just left of the arete. (35m)

Pitch 5 - Move around to the right side of the arete and face climb up to a large ledge. (25m)

Pitch 6 - From the ledge, climb up the crack then move back to the left side of the arete and continue up a groove and crack to below a small overhang. (50m)

Pitch 7 - Move right under the overhang and back to the right side of the arete to a ledge. Continue up the crack and groove to a stance on the shoulder of the arete. (50m)

Pitch 8 - Continue up easy face just to the left of some cracks to get to a notch with some blocks. (45m)

Pitch 9 - Face climb up easy terrain to the top of the formation. (50m)

Descent - Follow a climbers trail east into the gully leading south between Second Sella Tower and Piz Ciavazes. Follow the gully to the base of the face and Sella Pass.


The route ascends the north-west arete of the Second Sella Tower.


There are a number of pins in place. A rack of nuts and some slings are also useful.


Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
RKM   Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
The Kasnakoff is a great shorter day climb with an easy approach. Better and longer than the Messner North Face and with the exception of Messner's first pitch, about the same in difficulty. Stay close to the arete and make sure to move around to the right-west side at the right place. Upper pitches are fantastic. Mar 21, 2011
Rodger Raubach  
This was a pretty popular route, even in 1964 when I climbed it. Nov 27, 2011
Emmett Lyman
Somerville, MA
Emmett Lyman   Somerville, MA
Easy to accidentally go too high on Pitch 4, avoiding the crux V+ pitch altogether (you actually cut a pitch - getting to the Pitch 5 belay at the end of Pitch 4). Still, pitches 6 and 7 are fantastic. Great climb and well worth it, but try to hit it on a warm day as it follows the left (north) side of the arete most of the way.

Per RKM's comment - make sure you hit up the super exposed dihedral on the right to start pitch 7 - spectacular! Sep 28, 2015
Rodger Raubach  
There seems to be some issue regarding the correct name of the Route: Kasnapoff OR Kasnakoff? The current guidebooks produced by Mauro Bernardi of Wolkenstein/Selva Gardena have it as KASNAPOFF! The Guideook publishe back in the 1990s by Koehler and Memmel have it as KASNAKOFF. Common use in the local area should prevail, which is Kasnapoff. When I climbed the route in 1964, even then it was Kasnapoff.

Either way you spell it or pronounce it--this is a steep and spectacular climb. One of the most worthwhile I've done in the Dolomites. Feb 10, 2017