New Rockfax Guidebook to The Dolomites

Dolomites : Rock Climbs and Via Ferrata Rockfax Cover, 160 kb
This summer Rockfax will be publishing a big new book to the magnificent Dolomites in northern Italy. This guide will cover everything you need for a climbing trip regardless of ability, whether it be sport, trad, via ferrata or a combination of all three. It features all the major areas and is the only guidebook available to have such comprehensive coverage.

The book is being authored by James Rushforth who, together with his partner Lynne Hempton, has spent several years documenting the climbs and VFs, and taking some amazing photographs for the book. Regular followers of the UKClimbing Photo of the Week competition have got used to James winning and you can see his amazing gallery here.

The Dolomites

Located in northern Italy, and representing a true mix of Italian and Austrian culture, these so-called 'Pale Alps' contain climbing of every shape and size. Single pitch sport crags lie beside kilometre-long traditional routes, with climbs which are steeped in history running parallel to modern bolted lines. The area is particularly renowned for its via ferrata, cabled routes predating the Great War which give superb access to some of the World's most striking summits. The metal wires, interspersed with breathtaking ladders and unlikely suspension bridges, provide aerial assault courses which combine the thrill of an ascent on rock with the security of a protected mountain scramble.

Dolomites Rockfax - Example VF page, 221 kb
An example via ferrata page

When Will It Be Available

We are working hard on finishing the book now although it is unlikely to be ready for the main summer season. We hope to have it for the late summer or early autumn. Any update on publication date will be posted on the Rockfax web site.


Areas and Crags Included

Masare and Roda de Vael (Via Ferrata)
Porte Neigre
Cima Catinaccio
Punta Emma
Vajolet Towers
Catinaccio d'Antermoia (Via Ferrata)

Val di Fassa
Franco Gadoti (Via Ferrata)
Magnifici Quattro (Via Ferrata)
Col Ombert/Kaiserjeger (Via Ferrata)
The Val Duron - Sentiero Massimiliano (Via Ferrata)
- Laurenzi - Molignon (Via Ferrata)
Penia di Canazei
Dei Finanzieri/Colac (Via Ferrata)

Marmolada Group
Passo Fedaia & Pian dei Fiacconi
Marmolada West Ridge (Via Ferrata)
Eterna Brigata Cadore - Punta Serauta (Via Ferrata)
Marmolada - South Face

Pordoi Pass
Via delle Trincee - La Mesola (Via Ferrata)
Cesare Piazzetta - Piz Boe (Via Ferrata)
Sas Pordoi - South Face

Sella Pass
Sass Pordoi - North West Face
Piz Ciavazes
Sella Towers
Delle Mèsules - Possnecker (Via Ferrata)
Col Rodella (Via Ferrata)
Città dei Sassi

Val Gardena
Odle Group
Sass Rigais (Via Ferrata)
Sandro Pertini (Via Ferrata)
Piz da Cir V Via (Via Ferrata)
Tridentina Crag
Torre Brunico & Mur de Pisciadù
Brigata Tridentina (Via Ferrata)
Oscura della Luna - North Face
Sas Ciampac
Piz da Lech (Via Ferrata)

Fanis/Fanes Group
Sas dla Crusc/Sasso della Croce
Sasso delle Nove/Sass de les Nu
Punte (Zimes) di Fanes
Cima del Lago
Cima Scotoni
Tomaselli - Cima Fanes Sud (Via Ferrata)
Lagazuoi Nord

Lagazuoi Piccolo

Sas de Stria
Sas de Stria/Hexenstein

Falzarego Towers & Col dei Bos
Torre Grande & Torre Piccola di Falzarego
Col dei Bos/degli Alpini (Via Ferrata)
Col dei Bos - South Face

Tofana Group
Tofana de Rozes
Giovanni Lipella - Tofana di Rozes (Via Ferrata)
Punta Anna & Gianni Aglio (Via Ferrata)

Cinque Torri & Averau
Cinque Torri - Torre Grande, Seconda, Terza/Latina,
Quarta, Quinta/Inglese, Trephor, Massi.
Averau (Via Ferrata)
Averau South West Face

Cortina d'Ampezzo Basin
Ettore Bovero - Col Rosa (Via Ferrata)
Punta Fiames
Michielli Strobel - Punta Fiames (Via Ferrata)
Ski Club 18 (Via Ferrata)
Ivano Dibona (Via Ferrata)
Marino Bianchi - Cima di Mezzo (Via Ferrata)
Sorapiss Circuit: (Berti, Sentiero Carlo Minazio, Vandelli - Via Ferrata)

Misurina Area
Monte (Piz) Popena Basso
Punta Col de Varda
Torre Wundt
Il Gobbo, Torre del Diavolo and Torre Leo
Merlone - Cima del Cadin West Face (Via Ferrata)

Tre Cime
Cima Piccola
Punta Frida
Cima Piccolissima
Cima Grande
Cima Ovest
Sentiero de Luca/Innerkofler (Via Ferrata)
Delle Scalette - Torre Toblino (Via Ferrata)

Rockfax Dolomites - example page 2, 221 kb
Sport routes both long and short are included

Rockfax Dolomites - example page 1, 199 kb
There are also some of the biggest routes in Europe on the Marmolada South Face

Dolomites Rockfax - Marmolada page , 204 kb
The long routes have been spread over four pages to give the best information possible

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