The Dolomites are the original home of trad climbing. Decades before Yosemite, Elbsandstein, Blue Mountains and other places, hobnailed people in wooly jumpers were clambering up hard routes on the faces here. The legends and their names are still with us today, names like Dimai, Comici, Vinatzer, Cassin and Messner.
I like all kinds of climbing but in my heart it has never been about the athletics or difficulty, but rather about the adventure....in other words I am a trad climber.
I also like a decent shower and a beer at the end of the day and with hundreds of hotels, refugios and holiday appartments all over the place, the Dols fit the bill!
If the weather is crap then the sportclimbing mecca of Arco is 1.5hrs away, or you can head to Finale Ligure 6hrs away....we went there for 2 days of climbing when the Dols weather was truly rank. Between the Dols and FL we managed 83 pitches of climbing in 9 climbing days, taking 4 days for rest and travel. That is about 3km of vertical terrain! All our multipitches are listed below...all but "Grimonett" were in the Dols.
1. ** Cobertaldo-South Rib, Hexenstein (200m, IV+, 2:15hrs, 4 pitches)
2. *** Schubert, Route of Friendship-Piz Ciavazes (270m, VI-, 4:30hrs; 7 pitches)
3. * Grimonett-Bric Pinarella, Finale Ligure (240m, 6b, 5hrs, 9 pitches)
4. * Vinatzer-3rd Sella Tower (350m, V+, 5:15hrs, 11 pitches)
5. ** Piaz Arete-Sass Pordoi (250m, VI, 4:30hrs, 9 pitches)
6. * Tomasson-Marmolada Sth Face (600m, V, 8:30hrs, 22 pitches)
7. *** Comici-South Arete, Torre Piccola di Falzarego (200m, V-, 2:30hrs, 5 pitches)
8. *** Via Myriam-Cinque Torri (V+, 170m, 5 pitches)
9. * Armida-Cinque Torri (VI, 110m, 3 pitches)
The star ratings are mine not guidebooks. We did not get to do any really hard & long climbs as almost every day between 3-4pm it would rain, hail or thunderstorm so we were aiming to be finished at that time.