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The rockfall on Torre Venezia (Civetta Dolomites), April 2020. Yellow: Giallo: Rondò Veneziano (Christoph Hainz, Kurt Astner, 7/2000 e 8/2001). Blu: Via Della Libertà (Umberto Marampon- Vincenzo Mussi, 14-19/9/1980). Viola: Gran Diedro – Diretta (Pit Schubert, Klaus Werner, Alois Wojas, 6-7/7/1974). Arancione: Gran diedro (Giancarlo Biasin- Paolo Melucci, 27-28/7/1960). Verde: Tissi (Attilio Tissi, Giovanni Andrich, Attilio Bortoli, 20/8/1933)
Photo by Alessandro Baù
The rockfall on Torre Venezia (Civetta Dolomites), April 2020
Photo by Alessandro Baù / Gianni Del Din
The rockfall on Torre Venezia (Civetta Dolomites), April 2020
Photo by Gianni Del Din
The rockfall on Torre Venezia (Civetta Dolomites), April 2020
Photo by Gianni Del Din

Rockfall on Dolomites Torre Venezia damages Via Tissi and other classic Civetta climbs

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Serious rockfall took place on the south face of Torre Venezia (Civetta, Dolomites) recently, affecting the historic rock climbs Via Tissi, Gran diedro and Gran Diedro – Diretta.

Torre Venezia in the Civetta group of the Italian Dolomites lost a huge portion of its south face recently. Due to lockdown it is unclear when precisely the rockfall took place, although some sources indicate the 14th of April as being most likely. What is certain however is that a large portion of the wall is no longer there, meaning that some of the mountain’s classic outings have been altered significantly.

Local Civetta expert Alessandro Baù has carefully analysed photos of the face and indicates the following climbs as having been affected:

"Tissi (Attilio Tissi, Giovanni Andrich, Attilio Bortoli, 20/8/1933) in green,
Gran diedro (Giancarlo Biasin- Paolo Melucci, 27-28/7/1960) in orange.
Gran Diedro – Diretta (Pit Schubert, Klaus Werner, Alois Wojas, 6-7/7/1974) in purple"

Furthermore, it appears as if the rockfall has damaged the first pitches of Via Della Libertà (Umberto Marampon- Vincenzo Mussi, 14-19/9/1980) and, possibly, the start of nearby Rondò Veneziano (Christoph Hainz, Kurt Astner, 7/2000 and 8/2001) in yellow may be affected.

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