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BEAUTY AND FUN ON THE “TOWER OF TOWERS”
There are mountains that have a hold on me. Torre Trieste is one of them, and the Cassin ridge is one of those routes that I could never stop climbing. It is not an adventure but a sunny and pleasant climb, well protected and fun, and almost never ordinary. In the mountains you rarely hope a cloud will hide the sun, but today we put our heads in the shaded crevices to keep from “melting” our brains. This heat weakens us, and the grip of our shoes does not help, but here, on the tower, the slightly cooler air allows us to breathe and the landscape is amazing. Andrea is standing on this exposed Dolomite “Cap Spire”; now we slip into the cool and easy chimneys leading directly to the summit. Pure fun on top of the world.
RICCARDO CASSIN AND VITTORIO RATTI 15-16-17/08/1935
Perhaps the most beautiful climb of the group, in terms of both the difficulties and the rock, which is amazing, especially toward the top. As with the Carlesso, the continuity is broken by the two ledges, which, in addition to providing excellent bivouac sites, also allow for a quick and easy exit from the wall in the event of bad weather or other problems. This feature, combined with the extremely favorable exposure, good piton protection and relatively simple approach, makes this route very fun and almost free of objective danger, provided you are fit and capable of dealing with the technical difficulties.
Difficulty: up to 6b+ or V+/A0
Time: 3–10 hours
Climbing distance: 750 m
Equipment: standard climbing gear