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Classic Dolomite Climbs

100 of the finest rock climbs in the Dolomites

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The rock towers of the unique Dolomite range of northern Italy are justifiably regarded as one of the world’s best big rock climbing areas.


Classic Dolomite Climbs is a topo guidebook to 100 of the finest rock climbs in the Dolomites. Routes are selected for their fine climbing, inspiring mountain locations, historical interest and more solid rock. They include classic first-ascent routes, long middle grade classics, elegant soaring arêtes, intricate multi-peak traverses, remote little-known gems, multi-pitch high-peak challenges and modern free-climbing testpieces. Classics featured include the Sasso Lungo – North Ridge, Marmolada South Face and Via delle Guide on Crozzon di Brenta.

Each climb has a succinct explanation, an informative UIAA-style topo showing key details of ascent and the intricate descents (when abseils are often involved) and additional notes on access, accommodation and transport information. Grades range from Alpine III to VII (UK: VD to E3, USA: 5.3 to 5.11), making this guide suitable for all levels of climber.

This is the ideal guide to one of the world’s greatest and challenging, yet most accessible, enjoyable, historic and picturesque rock climbing playgrounds. 

  • Title: Classic Dolomite Climbs
  • Sub-title: 100 of the finest rock climbs in the Dolomites
  • Author: Anette Köhler and Norbert Memmel
  • Imprint: Bâton Wicks
  • ISBN: 978-1-898573-34-0
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  • Publication date: June 1997
  • Edition: First
  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 226mm x 160mm
  • Extent: 216 pages
  • Weight: 465g
  • Retail price: £18.99

‘This is a fantastic book written in English containing a number of selected Dolomite climbs. It is by no means a definitive guide but contains a number of the 'better' multi-pitch routes, and serves well as a general overview.’ –

‘I heartily recommend this guide to anyone going to the Dolomites.’ – Pete Benson, Rucksack Club Journal

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