Climbs 150
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 2499m a.s.l
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Dusk on the Sella Pass © James Rushforth

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
2 Glueck
MVS 4b 2
3 North Face VI+ 1
  3rd Tower
5 Vinatzer V+ *** 98
6 Via Jahn IV 10
7 Diletta Fuehre IV+ 1
  2nd Tower
9 Via Normale - 2nd Sella tower
II 5
10 Fata Morgana TD *** 3
11 Via Messner VI- *** 30
12 Via Lelia VI *** 3
13 Via Kasnapoff V+ *** 59
14 Kostner S 4a 50
15 Gluck Diedre IV * 5
16 Gluck Route V+ * 2
17 Via Demetz IV+ 4
Climb name Grade
  1st Tower
19 Via Normale - 1st Sella Tower
M 4
20 Via Steger IV+ *** 171
21 Via ji tl uet VI+ ** 9
22 Tissi VI- * 43
23 Schober/Kleisl (Rossi) VI- ** 20
24 Icterus 6c+ *** 5
25 Schober/Kleisl (Rossi) Direct start VII- *** 23
26 Delenda Carthago 6b *** 30
27 Trenker Crack V+ *** 128
28 South pillar direct VII- * 4
29 Via Fiechtl V- ** 15
30 Via dei Pilastrini IV+ *** 69
31 Via dei camini III+ 10
32 Freccia III+ 2
  Via Ferrata
34 Delle M├Ęsules/Possnecker (VF) VF4C *** 77

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