The route unwinds through the Brenta Dolomites from south to north, reaching Cima d'Ambièz, Cima Tosa, Crozzon di Brenta, Campanile Alto, Torre di Brenta, Cima Brenta, Cima Falkner, Cima Grostè, Cima Pietra Grande and Cima Vagliana.
The normal climbing routes to these peaks, opened more than a century ago, have been re-equipped and made safe by the Trentino Alpine Guides College and their linking through paths has given life to La Via delle Normali, which offers an unforgettable experience for those who want to approach mountaineering in the stone heart of the Dolomites.
The aim of the project was to re-equip the existing abseil and anchoring belays and the protection nails, replacing them with stainless steel resin nails. New belays have been added to reduce the length of the pitches and, in the more exposed passages, new resin anchors have been added.90 years after the Via delle Bocchette, another Via has been opened which is destined for the same fame.
Rest StopTOSA "TOMMASO PEDROTTI"
Safety informationThe Via delle Normali unwinds along alpine routes at an altitude of 3000 meters: it is always necessary to consider the objective dangers typical of the high mountains and mountaineering knowledge is essential (knowing how to move with dexterity on difficulties up to the upper III grade, knowing how to carry out ascending and descending belay rope maneuvers and occasionally knowing how to use trad gear).
Tips and hints
For all the organizational details and information needed to plan the crossing, we recommend that you consult the following websites:
By car, toll booths: A4 Milan-Venice, Brescia Est exit, A22 Modena-Brennero, Trento Sud or S. Michele all'Adige exit
By plane: the following airports: Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Verona Villafranca V. Catullo, Bergamo Orio al Serio, Brescia Montichiari, Venice Marco Polo
By train: Trento railway station, Brescia railway station
Pinzolo: Funivie Pinzolo car park, piazzale San Vigilio.
San Lorenzo in Banale: from the center head in the direction of Val d'Ambièz to Baesa, free parking near the Ristoro Dolomiti.
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EquipmentNormal mountaineering equipment: harness, helmet, descender, 4 screw-lock carabiners, 5-6 quickdraws, 4 medium-small spring-loaded camming devices, nuts, lanyards and single 60 m rope. Via ferrata kit to safely tackle the various equipped paths or vie ferrate that you will meet along the Via delle Normali. Crampons and classic ice axe for the numerous hanging glaciers.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Climbing helmet as required
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.