The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are probably the most famous mountains in the Dolomites and conquering the highest peak, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, at an altitude of 2999 m is often seen as an adventure for expert mountaineers only.
In actual fact, whilst it is certainly a climb requiring a certain degree of mountaineering experience, the Cima Grande’s normal route is not especially technically difficult and, with the help of a guide even the less expert can attempt it.
If you have no problem taking on even the most difficult ferratas I guarantee you that you are capable of climbing the Cima Grande di Lavaredo!
From the peak the view of the surrounding Dolomite massifs is exceptional and it is equally exciting to look down on the crowds of tourists making their way along the road from Rifugio Auronzo to Rifugio Lavaredo and on to the col of the same name like a column of ants (read more “The walk around the Tre Cime“).
The route makes its way up the south face along a series of twists and turns following ledges, rock faces and spires taking advantage of the mountain’s weak points. Despite the many cairns and a few red paint marks, finding the right route is no easy matter above all in low cloud and limited visibility. A guide who knows the climb well is the best way to enjoy the day to the full. Considering the altitude gain but also the length of the route the climb is also rather long and speed is of the essence both up and down.
In September we had a wonderful experience with Enrico and Nadia in Cortina. We climbed “Cima Grande Lavaredo”, “Cinque