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Cinque Torri - sport climbing in the Dolomites

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The sport climbs at Cinque Torri, the historic symbol of alpinism and rock climbing in Cortina and the Ampezzo valley.

Thanks to their infinite variety of shapes and sizes, the marvellous Cinque Torri ideally represent the entire Dolomites. Although the towers can be admired from the center of Cortina, don't be deceived by their unmistakable silhouette: the characteristic profile isn't comprised of just 5 towers, but by a mass of secondary boulders, fractured towers and peaks sprinkled liberally across the entire area. These peaks are located to the west of Cortina on a grassy hillock just above the tree line at circa 2200m. From a geological point of view they belong to the Monte Averau group and are structured as follows:

Torre Grande - subdivided into Cima Sud, Cima Nord and Cima Ovest.
Torre Seconda - comprised of three distinct peaks called Lusy, Barancio and Romana.
Torre Latina (third)
Torre Quarta - subdivided into two boulders: Quarta bassa and Quarta Alta.
Torre Inglese (fifth)
Worth noting, for the various single pitch routes, Sasso Cubico and the sector called "Massi"

The Cinque Torri are, by definition, everyone's "gym": for alpinists and sport climbers, for beginners to experts alike. It is on this jewel, made up of the most diverse boulders and towers, that the alpine season is prepared, that the "engines are revved" before climbing the massive walls nearby, such as the Tofane and Lagazuoi. In summer the ropes of alpinists intertwine with those of sport climbers who converge here to escape the summer heat and to enjoy the unique surroundings.

 

ROCK CLIMBING AT THE CINQUE TORRI

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