Why The Dolomites Should Top Your Climbing Bucket List
Vegas, Yosemite, Sierra Eastside, Rodellar — people might argue over their favorite venue, but in my opinion, you can’t beat rock climbing in the Dolomites.
With some of the most picturesque scenery the world has to offer — from the pinnacles, spires, looming towers and limestone walls that define the area — there is no shortage of great climbing in the Dolomites. Whether you’re just starting or a seasoned climber looking for your next big challenge, there’s something for everyone in this spectacular part of the Italian Alps. Although I’ve only scratched the surface here, I love everything about the area, and the climbing, the scenery, the food, and the adventure of it all has me itching to get back to these mountains.
Pros and Cons of Climbing the Dolomites
Epic scenery and beautiful mountains
Every kind of climbing available — multi-pitch, trad, sport
Italian food, wine, coffee, and culture
Trams and chairlifts for getting around
Potentially crowded at certain times
Some classic routes are polished
Difficult public transportation
If limestone’s not your thing, you’re outta luck!