Rock climbing on the Piz Ciavazes is something special to me, I climbed there my first multi pitch route in the Dolomites, on the ramp to the right just before the way harder Abram Arete. I always like to come back there to climb, particularly off season when the “MotoGp” on the road passes is over and the tourists are back to work in town, basically when the athmosphere is much more quite. During the summer you can go climbing on Piz Ciavazes when the weather is not great, pick up the route you like and you’ll be right at the start in 5 minutes walk from the parking lot, and after few hours you are already walking on the Chamois Terrace to get back to the car. Last time I was there, before Christmas couple years ago, I climbed the Micheluzzi, the classic one with that 90 meter exposed traverse, nearly a month ago I climbed the Little Micheluzzi, almost two grades easier, but still very nice and exposed in the last pitches.

Climbing the Little Micheluzzi, Piz Ciavazes.

In the gallery you will find some pictures from the Little Micheluzzi, along with some of the Cinque Torri, the climbing paradise half an hour far by car from Cortina d’Ampezzo, the climb of the Thumb in the Sassolungo Massif, the most beautiful route graded three plus, yet the most exposed and many other “most ” in the Dolomites; and some pictures from the Dibona Arete on Cima Grande di Lavaredo, a classic route graded four plus, very nice and classic, that you might share with too many other teams, and chaos management would become your priority. Whenever you are planning to give it a go, just pray to be one of the few teams up there (don’t pretend to be the one and only, this would be way too much). Being at the base of the wall with head torch on could make no difference.