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Climbing in the heart of the Dolomites

Mountain climbing in the Italian Alps becomes an unforgettable adventure

The Dolomites in the heart of South Tyrol are amongst the most famous and most beautiful mountains in the world. They include spectacular peaks like Sassolungo (3181 m), the Sas Rigais (3025 m) and the Sella towers, which soar above Selva.

The name "Dolomites" comes from the French scientist Déodat de Dolomieu, who was the first person to analyse the chemical-mineralogical content of the rock in 1791.

The towers of white rock, which rose as coral reefs in the tropical sea millions of years ago, have a very special geological composition. Today they rise into the sky as strange rock formations.

Expert rock climbers will discover that this is an ideal climbing area. The Dolomites of the Val Gardena are one of the most famous climbing areas of the world. From well-used, popular classics, well-secured sport climbing walls, to terrifying adventure routes, there are challenges for every level of climber.

Climbing excursions in the Dolomites

Alpine climbing has a long and glorious history in the Val Gardena. Famous mountaineers scaled the Dolomites in the past and the tradition continues today. One of them was Paul Grohmann from Vienna (1838-1908), who loved these mountains and was the first person to climb the Sassolungo.

Luis Trenker, the well-known mountaineer, actor and director was born in Ortisei. He showed his love of this area and contributed in making it world famous through his films and books.

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