Climbers Meet Accidentally When Two Big New Routes Link Up in Dolomites

One elegant new route on Torre Trieste — a rarely climbed, hulking limestone tower on Mount Civetta in the Dolomites — would be cause for celebration. But when two accomplished groups of climbers both put up a route at the same time in the same place, well, that’s worth pausing for some details.

Alessandro Bau, Alessandro Beber, and Nicola Tondini’s “Enigma” is a 28-pitch climb on the south face of the tower. According to Bau, the three climbers created the line between September and early November.

“From the first ledge, the rock is superb, and I dream of the spring to go back for the one push,” the Italian guide wrote on Instagram.


“A great adventure on a great wall with great friends,” Nicola Tondini added in a post of his own.


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Meanwhile, climbers Simon Gietl, Vittorio Messini, and Matthias Wurzer were putting up a route of their own. According to Planetmountain, Gietl, Messini, and Wurzer’s 20-pitch climb originates from the same starting place as two of the earliest routes on the formation: “Carlesso-Sandri” and “Cassn-Ratti.” Those lines went up in 1934 and 1935, respectively.

The website says that the two parties were a little surprised to find each other on the wall. In the end, they “managed to work well together and encouraged each other to complete the lines.”

Well done, boys!

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