Via Elia, new Dolomites rock climb above Selva di Val Gardena
Florian Grossrubatscher and Armin Senoner have made the first ascent of Via Elia, a new multi-pitch rock climb up Mt. Steviola in the Langental valley (Puez - Geisler group) in the Dolomites.
As you look from Selva di Val Gardena towards the Langental valley it’s impossible not to notice the SW Face of Steviola. Although climbs have been established on this rock face in the past, it’s steepest section had never been breached before. After descending from a route on the mountain’s SE Face in autumn2017, Florian Grossrubatscher and Armin Senoner noticed a logical line though the overhanging SW Face and began forging the new climb.
Via Elia was established ground-up with 10mm bolts and searches for the most logical line through the overhanging face. The climbing is technical with some delicate sections on small holds, with sustained difficulties throughout the nine pitches.
TOPO: Via Elia, Monte Steviola, Langental, Dolomites