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Cimone della Pala

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Cimone della Pala Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,447'
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Submitted By: Rodger Raubach on Nov 26, 2011
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Cimone della Pala from Rolle Pass. Swirling clouds...


The Cimone della Pala has been called "the Matterhorn of the Dolomites," and with good cause. Driving to the valley base of San Martino di Castrozza from either Trento or Bolzano over Passo Rolle, this magnificent peak is the first member of the Pala Group encountered. Almost everyone stops and takes a picture of this attractive mountain, and the principal climbing route is nearest the camera: the NW Ridge.

Getting There 

From Bolzano or Trento from the West,; San Martino di Castrozza as a valley base.

Climbing Season

For the Dolomites area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking towards the NW ridge from passo Rolle.

Northwest Ridge 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  Europe : Italy : ... : Cimone della Pala
Begin on an easy ascending traverse from the scree, diagonalling upwards to the left by following a prominent ledge system, and ultimately reaching the NW ridge proper. Follow the narrow ridge towards the summit, reaching another major ledge system. Follow the distinct ridge/arete to a platform below the startling summit block. Move around onto the North face and then upwards through a 40 meter long steep gully to a low point in the summit ridge. Climb over several blocks to the actual summit. D...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cimone della Pala from San Martino di Castrozza.
Cimone della Pala from San Martino di Castrozza.

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By Rodger Raubach
Sep 17, 2013
Wow! I just revisited the Rolle Pass after an interval of 50 years had passed. I was simply overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mountain; obviously the years intervening allowed it to do a lot of shrinking in my mind. This sucker is HUGE!

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