Via Mirko, new rock climb above Val Gardena in the Dolomites
The Italian Mountain Guides Armin Senoner and Manuel Nocker have made the first ascent of Via Mirko, a new rock climb up Monte Steviola above Vallunga (Puez-Odle group), Dolomites.
As you make your way through the Vallunga valley in the Puez-Odle Nature Park, it’s impossible not to notice the 400m high yellow rock face that towers above the village of Selva di Val Gardena. It is through these overhangs that the local mountain guides Armin Senoner and Manuel Nocker established Via Mirko, a fantastic 19-pitch climb that leads to the summit of Monte Steviola.
The climb was bolted on lead in autumn 2016 and although some sections are friable, the two guides managed to create a "fantastic route" that offers “varied climbing, fun and athletic. "
According to the mountain guides the new route is well-equipped, but since all pitches are sustained, the outing is an interesting, not-to-be-underestimated free climbing challenge. The route faces south, meaning that it can be climbed almost all year round.
Nocker and Senoner concluded "Via Mirko is dedicated to a close friend who died prematurely, who loved to fly above these mountains. In the hope that future ascentionists will appreciate the climb, we recommend it to all those looking for a great alpine sports climb in a magnificent setting."
TOPO: Via Mirko, Monte Steviola Vallunga
Link: FB Armin Senoner, FB Manuel Nocker, www.gardenaguides.it