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Freeclimbing Sas dla Crusc

Free climbing at La Crusc

The call of the rock in Alta Badia

You feel it in the wind as it blows along the rockface. You see it in front of you as you look up towards your triumph. You grasp it, one hand after the other, pushing yourself to go higher and higher, where the peaks meet the crystal-clear skies of Alta Badia. 

The conquest of Sas dla Crusc

At La Crusc you can almost literally touch the wonder, climbing the sheer walls that lead to the very summit of adventure – a vertical adventure that, once at the top, offers the sweet taste of triumph. This is a paradise for those who love the freedom of alpine climbing against a breathtakingly (dolo)mythical backdrop, with an incredible variety of routes and one certainty: the legendary beauty of the peaks that you climb! 

Long a prized destination for expert climbers, the history of the mountains is intertwined with that of such great mountaineers as Reinhold and Günther Messner who, in 1968, made the first ascent of the “Pilastro di Mezzo” on the Sasso Santa Croce. Rated as a grade VI climb at the time – and long considered the most difficult route in the Dolomites – it was revisited ten years later by the Austrian Heinz Mariacher who, at the crux of the route, opened an easier variant, thus reclassifying the route that the Messner brothers had pioneered as a grade VII+. Over the years, many leading figures in the mountaineering world have helped open new routes on the Sas dla Crusc, which to date offers a total of more than 30 ascents, ranging from the classics to the more modern and challenging. 

The Sas dla Crusc not only offers free climbing: it also welcomes less ambitious hikers and climbers, who can choose the protected path up to the summit. If you find that competition stimulates your own ambitions, then why not attempt the challenge of the 4 Peaks Alta Badia – enough to conquer any mountaineer’s heart!

Climbing routes Sas dla Crusc/Sasso Croce

1. CAI Mestre IV-IV+
2. Giglio Biondo VII+
3. Piero Pfeiler VI (Bini Co) 1978
4. Stigmata X- (Gietl/Oberbacher)
5. Chiodo D’argento VII - A2 - A3 (Maffei/Leoni) 1984
6. Xylophon VIII+ A0 (Walpoth/Prinoth/Dejori)
7. Das 5. Labyrinth VIII+ (Hilpold/Hofer)
8. Livanos VII
9. Loss Lei, Heb Schun IX (Gargitter/Botte) 2003 IX-
10. Mephisto VII (Riser/Schistl) 1979
11. Pilastro Di Mezzo/Mittelpfeiler VII (Reinhold+Günther Messner) 1968
11.0 Variante Mariacher 1978
12. Mittelpfeiler Direktvariante (Simon Messner)
13. Gabloner V+ (Gabloner/Kofler/Hellrigl) 1986
14. Menhir IX (Irsara/Tondini)
15. Pilastro VII (Cominetti/Fanchini) 1986
16. Jugendliebe VIII (Zingerle/Andres)
17. Quo Vadis (Irsara/Tondini) 2010
18. Mutschlechner-Grossrubatscher-Gedechtnisweg IX C. (Heinz/Oberbacher) 1991-1994
19. Wüstenblume (Hilpold/Viertler)
20. Flammende Herzen VII+ (Brandauer/Frei) 1984
21. Diedro Mayerl/Mayerlverschneidung VI+ (Mayerl/Rohracker) 1962
22. Silberschrei IX (Hansjörg Auer)
23. Perla preziosa IX
24. Diretta Grande Muro/Direkte Mauer VII+ (Brecht/Wenger) 1983
25. Grande Muro/Grosse Mauer VI+ (Messner/Frisch)
26. Balustrade VII (Brecht/Sucher) 1983
27. Mauerblümchen VI+ (Brecht/Wenger) 1983
28. Weg der Blume VI+ (Mariacher/Jovane/Wurm)
29. Kleine Mauer VII (Mariacher/Jovane)
30. Frisch Renzler VI+ (Oppure/Oder) VI- A0
31. Dibona/Salton VI+ (Dibona/Salton/Perretti/Pompanin/Dimai)
32. Frisch/Corradini VI 1970
33. Vergissmeinnicht (Gietl/Manhardsberger)
34. Vodoo Zauber IX- (Gietl/Oberbacher)
35. Auf die Felsen, Ihr Affen VIII (Heinz/Astner) 1994
36. Steger VI- (E. H. Steger) 1960

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