La Cattedrale

The highlight of today was our ascent of La Cattedrale – ramo destro. This is one of the great classics of the area and provided a brilliant route to finish our trip on. It was also Ivor’s 71st birthday today making the route even more special for him.

Martin and I will both be reporting from Scotland next week.

Martin abseiling down the Cascata.

Martin abseiling down the Cascata.

Ivor below La Cattedrale.

Ivor below La Cattedrale.

Skiing the Marmolada and Arabba

Today we opted to go skiing in the Dolomites to allow yesterdays snow to settle before we climb again tomorrow. We had a great day in the Marmolada and Arabba areas of the Dolomites. The conditions on piste and off piste were good.

There was significant avalanche activity on sun affected slopes.

The team on the Marmolada viewing platform.

The team on the Marmolada viewing platform.

Here Comes the Snow

Large volumes of snow arrived overnight in the Dolomites. This coincided today with an Italian Mountain Guides assessment in the gorge. This meant that less routes were available than normal. We did however have a great day climbing Cascata della Luna, Baby and another tricky mixed route.

Baby is currently not completely formed and requires mixed climbing (and trad kit) to get to the ice.

Ivor on one of the mixed routes in Serai di Sottoguda

Ivor on one of the mixed routes in Serai di Sottoguda

Ivor climbing Baby.

Ivor climbing Baby.

 

Cascata and a Little Bit of ‘M’

We have had another good day today in the Serai di Sottoguda. Highlights of the day were Cascata delle Attraversate and one of the new mixed routes in the gorge.

The Cascata was thinner than normal due to the lean season that the Dolomites is experiencing this year but still brilliant. It is probably harder than the suggested grade in the guidebook.

Ivor on the Cascata.

Ivor on the Cascata.

Graham on the 'M' route.

Graham on the ‘M’ route.

Time for some Cascata

Ivor, Graham, Martin and I arrived last night in the Dolomites. Today we had a warm up day climbing in the Serai di Sottoguda. We completed; Arbre Magique, Palestrina and Cascata del Gelato. Conditions on the routes were good.

Martin climbing Cascata del Gelato.

Martin climbing Cascata del Gelato.