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Cinque Torri

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Summary

Dolomite climbing light - easy access, solid rock and lots of bolted routes.

Description

The Cinque Torri (five towers) are one of the most scenic spots of the Dolomites and ideal for beginners of alpine climbing. The routes are short and the approach is gentle.

Cinque Torri, as all the other mountains in the area, are made of Dolomite, with a particular pale grey colour. The group is formed by five towers (which give the name to the mountain) with a maximum elevation of 2.361 m ('Torre Grande'). Every "tower" has its own name:

  • 'Torre Grande', the highest one has three very appealing peaks: 'Cima Nord', 'Cima Sud' e 'Cima Ovest';
  • Torre Seconda, also named 'Torre del Barancio' or 'Torre Romana';
  • Terza Torre, or 'Torre Latina';
  • Quarta Torre, formed by two blocks of rock with different height, respectively called then 'Torre Quarta Bassa' and 'Torre Quarta Alta';
  • Quinta Torre, or 'Torre Inglese'.

They are located in the south-west area of the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo, north of the Averau mountain, which Cinque Torri can be considered part of. Between the towers there is an open air WW1-museum. Expect crowds of climbers and visitors!

Overview and access: http://www.ramellasergio.it/Testo/VIE_FUTURE/5_TORRI/schizzi_vari_5_torri_cortina.html

some topos: http://www.planetmountain.com/english/Rock/crags/falesia.html?idfalesia=121

Approach

  1. Park at the Cinque Torri Chair-lifts and take the lift up to the Rifugio Scoiattoli. From there in ten minutes to the crag.

  2. Park at the Cinque Torri Chair-lifts and hike up to the crag in about 60 minutes.

  3. From the Rifugio Cinque Torri in 10 minutes.

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