Ascent to Punta Erbing, an exceptional viewpoint
Celebrated Ampezzo Alpine Guide Antonio Dimai knew Mt Pomagagnon very well and opened up a grand total of five new routes on it from 1899 to 1905. The last of these climbed up the south face of the ridge’s easternmost peak (2301 metres) with Dimai’s inseparable climbing partner Agostino Verzi and a certain Erbing whose name lit up Dolomite history like a meteorite and then remained as the name of the peak.
Getting to the Punta requires first getting up to Forcella Zumeles (2072 metres (an hour and a half from Passo Tre Croci, just a little longer from Rio Gere, twenty minutes from the Sonforca ski lift).
From the col, follow the signs through the pleasant level forest north of Crepe de Zumeles until the path starts climbing up through dwarf mountain pines.
To date I have ascent to Punta Erbing various times, with friends and alone. I like its characteristic climb up through the dwarf mountain pines which slips away a little more every year, getting my hands on the solid rock, scaling the tiring scree shoulder to the north and walking across its exposed final ridge to its narrow peak, where only a cross marks this minor and little regarded summit, an exceptional viewpoint and, above all, a place of silence.
An anniversary to remember.