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Six Days in the Dolomites
July 2012 :: Italy :: Tre Cime and Civetta

Here we go with a mixed bag of efforts, attempts and some success and a huge portion of pure fun being out climbing on some of the best overhanging choss walls in Europe.

I love the climbing and the beauty of the Italian Dolomites. My love affair with the Dolomites started back in 1988 when I first visited the Sella Towers. This time I had teamed up with Uber climber Mayan Smith-Gobath. We had a number of routes in mind on the north faces of Cima Grande and Cima ovest.

Our plan was to start off with climbing “Alpenliebe” a  600 meter route on the North Face of Cima Ovest graded 5.12d/R and then if weather and energy permitted have a go at the impressive “Das Phanthom Der Zinne”, 600m 5.13a R/X on Cima Grande.  

In the end it played out quite far from our original plan as we found the teperatures too cold for climbing the demanding routes on the north faces of Cima Grande and Cima Ovest. So we did the smart thing and change our plan and opted for the South Facing Donnafugata on Torre Trieste.

Our ground up single push lasted 32 hours and landed us the 3rd free ascent of Donnafugata 5.13b, 750 meters. 

—David Falt