South Face Buttress 1, a.k.a. South Arete
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Routes in Tofana di Rozes
|Da Pazzo vecchio Pazzo T,S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13|
|South Face Buttress 1, a.k.a. South Arete T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|South Face, Buttress 2, Pilastro Route (Constantini/Apollonio) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|South Face, Buttress 2, Pillar Rib (Constantini/Ghedina) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Spigalo Sam T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13|
|Spigolo Sam T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Via Classica (South Face) (Dimai/Eötvös Route) T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1100 ft, 14 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Ugo Pompanin and Albino Alvera, August 1946|
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|Shared By:||Jason Halladay on Aug 10, 2009|
DescriptionWhile it's the smallest buttress of the classic buttresses on the south face, the South Arete is a striking arete offering great climbing and fantastic position. It's a perfect warm-up and gauge for the other, bigger routes on the south face. Many of the belays are on nice ledges and while much of the climbing isn't directly on the arete, it still has an exhilarating, airy and exposed feeling it to.
Because of the length of the route, it's difficult to describe in detail the pitch-by-pitch action. What follows is the general description that would work for the adventurous climber but those that want solid beta should seek the guidebook referred to in the Tofana di Roses overview page.
Pitches 1 through 3 go up the dihedral left of the arete to a good ledge with a fixed gear belay at the top of P3 and are protected decently with pitons and threads. Gear placements are abundant and good at all of the short, tougher sections. Pitch 3 is the technical crux but pitch 6/7 on the arete is the mental crux.
Pitches 4 and 5 are cruiser up the face well left of the arete to a fixed gear belay right on the arete at the top of P5.
Pitch 6 is a short rightward traversing pitch that gets you established on the face right of the arete with a dihedral above. Climb to the top of the dihedral and belay.
Alternatively (and recommended for those that like airy arete climbing that are solid at the 5.10- grade), is to go straight up from the top of pitch 5 to clip a bolt near the arete and then move slightly right to clip another bolt in a very steep, airy section to a piton or two above to another belay with fixed gear directly on the arete. I'm not sure what this variation is rated but it felt close to 5.10a with steep moves on juggy rock. With this variation you link what is considered pitches 6 and 7.
Pitch 7 is another short pitch. Head left towards the arete and belay on the arete. You may find some fixed pitons/bolts for a belay.
Pitch 8 is a short pitch to a huge terrace with lots of loose rock. Tread lightly.
Pitch 9 is a hike up to move the belay up to the base of a dihedral left of the arete.
Pitch 10 climbs up the dihedral left of the arete. The climbing above is not as difficult as it appears with good pro, pitons and jugs allowing the pitch to go nicely.
Pitch 11 follows a crack left of the arete that again is not as difficult as it appears that leads to a small terrace and notch.
Pitches 12 through 14 are cruiser low fifth class along the right side of the arete. Much of the climbing here is easy with the occasional steep bulge. A couple bulges are protected well with thread opportunities. Look for cairns marking the way when the climbing is easy. Aim for a notch between the arete on your left and a small tower on your right. This notch marks the end of the technical climbing.