Climbs 150
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 2499m a.s.l
Faces all

The Sella Massif © david morse

Crag features

The Sella Towers are iconic in terms of Dolomite climbing and provide an exceptionally popular climbing venue. Perched high up on the top of the Sella Pass they look particularly impressive providing a good photogenic backdrop for the coachloads of tourists frequenting the area.

The Sella Towers are made up of four towers (although the 4th tower is a matter of some debate).

1st Sella Tower - This is the smallest and most popular of the three towers with the sunny south face stealing the show as the most frequented in the group. The routes here are shorter, very accessible and almost without exception excellent. This tower is a victim of its own success, and an increasing amount of polish is found on the routes here.

2nd Sella Tower - The 2nd Tower is famous for its steep north face and very compact rock. The Messner (North Face Direct) route is featured in Reinhold Messner's book 'The Seventh Grade' and is notorious for its committing nature. The Kasnapoff route that starts up the north face and moves round onto the northwest ridge has become a Dolomites classic and is well worth a look.

3rd Sella Tower - This is the largest of the three towers and is home to the Vinatzer route, another Dolomites classic.

Approach notes

The Sella lies north of the Marmolada and to the east of Sassolungo.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 4th Tower
MVS 4b
3North FaceVI+
 3rd Tower
5VinatzerV+ ***
6Via JahnIV
 2nd Tower
8Via Normale - 2nd Sella tower
9Fata MorganaTD ***
10Via MessnerVI- ***
11Via LeliaVI ***
12Via KasnapoffV+ ***
13KostnerS 4a
14Gluck DiedreIV *
15Gluck RouteV+ *
 1st Tower
17Via Normale - 1st Sella Tower
18Via StegerIV+ ***
19Via ji tl uetVI+ **
20TissiVI- *
21Schober/Kleisl (Rossi)VI- **
22Icterus6c+ ***
23Schober/Kleisl (Rossi) Direct startVII- ***
24Delenda Carthago6b ***
25Trenker CrackV+ ***
26South pillar directVII- *
27Via FiechtlV- **
28Via dei PilastriniIV+ ***

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