Beneath some of the Dolomites finest mountains, the massive Sella and the imposing Pordoi, lies Pian Schiavaneis, a seemingly insignificant boulder compared to its mighty neighbours. Yet Pian Schiavaneis is anything but insignificant. It has evolved into the Dolomites' crucible of modern sports climbing, a playground for all and testing ground for the best.
Thankfully a host of easier routes have recently been created, adding to Pian Schiavaneis' ever increasing popularity.
If you are after an alternative to the Dolomites' classics or, why not, a picnic next to some hungry marmots, be sure to stop off here.
From Val Gardena drive to Passo Sella and continue down to the Pian Schiavaneis and Monti Pallidi refuges. Leave the car in the car park. From Val di Fassa drive out of Canazei towards Passo Pordoi, turn left for Passo Sella and continue to the refuges.Walk up the road to the barrier and large boulder on the right. Follow the path and cross the river to reach the grassy slope and crag in 10 mins.
Its friable overhanging limestone has been chipped, glued and drilled to sculpt routes of all grades, where power and stamina are essential and never enough.
FOOD AND ACCOMODATION
There are plenty of hotels, B&B's, camping grounds, supermarkets and nightlife in the Val di Fassa.Nearby Val Gardena, on the other side of Passo Sella, is also a great place to stay.
Rifugio Pian Schiavaneis 0462 - 601338Rifugio Monti Pallidi 0462 - 601337Apt Canazei 0462 - 301145Apt Val Gardena 0471-796328-793046-795122Camping Canazei 0462 - 601660Camping Campitello 0462 - 750502Weather forecast Trentino www.provincia.tn.it/meteo
"Val di Fassa climbing" by Renato Bernard.
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