If you love ice climbing, you will love the Serrai di Sottoguda.
Despite it’s quite low altitude, due to its depth and position, this cold gorge is second only to Cogne in its notoriety within Italian climbing circles. With consistent ice forming conditions, the gorge is a fantastic venue for experienced and novice climbers alike. Within yards of the car park and 5 minutes drive from the house, the variety is stunning. Pure cascade ice falls and modern mixed routes to suit every ability and taste.
And the ice climbing doesn’t stop there. Keep your eyes peeled as you drive around the valleys and you will probably notice silver slivers just about everywhere. Corvara, Canazei, the Sella, Val Corpassa, Val di Gares to mention but a few. Look higher and you will find an alpine playground. Routes at a modest altitude on mixed ground like Mistica and Clean Gully; but also easy spring and late autumn gullies which make for great holiday objectives. With less acclimatisation, easy approaches and cheap, out of season accomodation and flights, you can have a totally different experience!
And of course we have the North face of the Marmolada, home to several very attainable graded alpine lines. Much as the Dolomites are known for their rock climbing,they have eluded the attention of most foreigners of it’s ice! For the full low down, read our ice climbing blogs!
UKClimbing destination guide to the Serrai di Sottoguda – some great photos and video of the annual ice climbing meeting.
Logbook entries for the Serrai di Sottoguda – some descriptions of the routes to whet the palate
UKClimbing article about ice and mixed climbing in the Northern Dolomites – a great overview by our friend James Rushforth
Logbook pages on UKClimbing with ice climbing from the most comprehensive guidebook to the area, Ghiaccio Verticale Vol. 2
Our blog about Serrai di Sottoguda