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Making the first ascent of Via Holly, Cima di Stanislao, Valle di Trona (Benigno Balatti, Cristian Candiotto, 19/12/2017)
Photo by archivio Cristian Candiotto
Approaching Via Holly, Cima di Stanislao, Valle di Trona, first climbed by Benigno Balatti and Cristian Candiotto on 19/12/2017
Photo by archivio Cristian Candiotto
Cristian Candiotto and Benigno Balatti on 19/12/2017 after the first ascent of Via Holly, Cima di Stanislao, Valle di Trona
Photo by archivio Cristian Candiotto

Winter climbing in the Orobie Alps / New mixed route in Valle di Trona

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In Valle Trona (Val Gerola, Orobie Alps) Cristian Candiotto and Benigno Balatti made the first ascent of Holly, a new climb up Mt. Stanislao. Candiotto provides the report.

At the start of every winter I venture out into my backyard Orobie mountains, a fascinating playground just waiting to be discovered. And this is how I happened to stumble across a fantastic line on the fore-summit of Mount Stanislao peak above Lake Zancone in Valle Trona. I was with a client of mine, and old friend, Attilio, when it sprang into view. I pointed it out to Attilio, who immediately replied "surely you don’t want to take me there?"

"No no, don’t worry, I’ve got just the right partner for this one."

And so two days later legendary Benigno Balatti and I started up this beautiful drip. After almost 3 hours in temperatures down to -12°C we topped out onto the summit plateau, having climbed past some thin mixed sections and up dry, glassy ice. This was our Christmas present.

We dedicated the climb to Holly, Ben’s little dog who passed on into a better life after 17 faithful years…

by Cristian Candiotto 

TOPO: Via Holly, Valle di Trona

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