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Chimera Verticale

First ascent: Alessandro Baù, Daniele Geremia, Alessandro Beber, Luca Matteraglia 2007 & 2008
By: Alessandro Baù
Area: Dolomites, Group: Civetta, Peak: Punta Civetta, Country: Italy

Chimera Verticale is an extremely logical and elegant line up the legendary NW Face of Civetta. It weaves its way through all the weakpoints on the the pillar to reach the summit of Punta Civetta between the routes Aste and Andrich. The route boasts a series of pitches up fantastic rock, while others "need understanding". In short, this is a full alpine outing.


From Listolade, in Valle Agordina, a few km after Agordo turn off for Capanna Trieste (tel. 0437.660122) and park the car here.


The pedestal is shared with the routes Aste and Andrich. After circa 1 hour reach the obvious V at the base of the Punta Civetta pillar, formed by the Aste and Andrich corners and follow the Andrich corner for a couple of meters to reach the slab at the centre of the pillar at the first weakpoint.


All the pegs used during the first ascent were left in-situ, all belays are equipped. Take a set of Metolius micro 0,1,2 and Camalot from 0,3 to 4, twin sets of 0,5 and 0,75. A set of nuts, hammer and pegs.


First ascentionsits: Alessandro Baù, Daniele Geremia, Alessandro Beber, Luca Matteraglia in 8 days between summer 2007 and 2008.
1st repeat and free ascent except for the penultimate pitch: Alessandro Baù and Michele Chinello 12/8/2009; 16/8/2009 free ascent of the penultimate pitch, by abseiling from above: Alessandro Baù and Matteo Baù

If you plan on repeating the route in a day you have to climb extremely quickly otherwise, for those in search of an adventure, we recommend the excellent Hotel Transcivetta located at the end of the 8th pitch; a fantastic balcony with splendid views onto the Marmolada where we bivvied on numerous occasions.

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