Lots of people who comes to the Dolomites are searching for trad, sport climbing and via ferrata guidebooks.
For the first time the guidebook “The Dolomites Rock Climbs and Via Ferrata”, published by Rockfax, covers all three and is undoubtedly a good choice for people who want to discover the endless climbing variety that the Dolomites has to offer.
The book has been authored by James Rushforth who, together with his partner Lynne Hempton, has spent several years documenting the climbs and VFs, and taking some amazing photographs for the book.
South Africa Mountain Magazine wrote a review which said that it’s “a publication that has to be the best Dolomite guidebook ever produced, and must take its place as one of the best published in the world to date”.
The elegant and dramatic peaks of the Dolomites, one of the most recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have long epitomised the ideals of climbers the world over. These spectacular limestone and dolomite monoliths rise abruptly from beautiful meadows, their pale faces contrasting starkly with the vibrant colour of the surrounding alpine pastures, to create one of the most instantly recognisable landscapes in the World.
Located in northern Italy, and representing a true mix of Italian and Austrian culture, these so-called ‘Pale Alps’ contain climbing of every shape and size. Single pitch sport crags lie beside kilometre-long traditional routes, with climbs which are steeped in history running parallel to modern bolted lines.
The area is particularly renowned for its via ferrata, cabled routes predating the Great War which give superb access to some of the World’s most striking summits. The metal wires, interspersed with breathtaking ladders and unlikely suspension bridges, provide aerial assault courses which combine the thrill of an ascent on rock with the security of a protected mountain scramble. dolomites rock climbing guidebook
This Rockfax guide covers everything you need for a climbing trip regardless of ability, whether it be sport, trad, via ferrata or a combination of all three. It features all the major areas and is the only guidebook available to have such comprehensive coverage.
All of the routes have a detailed description and annotated photo topo making route finding easier. Exceptionally long two day routes such as those found on the Marmolada South face have been spread over four pages to give the best information possible.
The guide covers the central and northern Dolomites including: dolomites rock climbing guidebook
James Rushforth is an internationally award winning photographer and published author based in the European Alps. You can have a look of his amazing works visiting his website: www.jamesrushforth.com
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I bought this book for a trip to the dolomites. It was an essential gear and made planning much easier. It lists the details for how to get to each spot with GPS coordinates, high resolution color imagery, descriptive ratings beyond just climbing grades.
By Tommy Chheng
Very good book for planning. Lots of information on the different areas and great pictures. I’ll have to follow up on accuracy after my trip.
By Nicholas Leuck