Climbs 20
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 2343m a.s.l
Faces S

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Crag features

The South Face of Sasso delle Nove, perched above the lunar landscape of the Fanis Plateau, is without doubt the most surreal crag in the Dolomites. The large face, which is almost completely devoid of features, is often referred to as the 'Messner Slabs' after Reinhold's classic route that takes the middle of the face direct.

The exceptionally compact rock gives perfect friction climbing but does make gear placements few and far between - expect some big runouts on all the climbs here. The approach to the face is rather long and tiring with many parties choosing to bivvy under the face or at the nearby Rifugio (Ücia) Lavarella. Those that do make the effort to get to this unique crag will be rewarded with almost certain solitude.

Approach notes

The face is usually accessed from either the village of Badia Abtei to the west, or from Rifugio Pederu, to the east.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Messner V *** 21
2 Via Delle Placche V **  
Climb name Grade
3 Via Heidi IV+ *** 3
4 Diagonal Route IV *  
Climb name Grade
5 SE Ridge VF2B * 3

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