Climbing the North Face of the Cima Grande, Central Peak of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (3)

We had climbed the north wall of the Cima Grande (in german: Grosse Zinne) approximately one hour before dusk. So we had not enough time to descend along the Via Normale. Luckily we even found a small rock-cavity large enough for three persons to bivouac comfortably, which was still not taken. There were a number of climbers besides us bivouacking under the summit of the Cima Grande. No doubt the Dolomites, and particularly the Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen are very popular among alpine and big wall climbers. The following climbing pictures and landscape photos allow insight into our adventure.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo from Northwest

Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo from the Langalm / Malga Longa
Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen from the Langalm (Malga Longa). Cumulus clouds are overdeveloping above the Dolomites.

Climbing the North Face of the Cima Grande

Climbing the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne in the Dolomites
The lower pitches are a bit more demanding to climb but really nice, as seen on the picture. On the other hand in the upper parts the orientation can be a little difficult.

 

Climbing the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne in the Dolomites
Climbing the eighth pitch

Bivouacking in a Rock Cavity under the Summit

Some people do not like to sleep in a hotel

 

We were dehydrated but we didn’t mind that we had a rainless night. At the Rifugio Auronzo, which is only about one kilometer as the crow flies, there was a heavy rainstorm during the night.

Some High Altitude Views from the Cima Grande di Lavaredo

The summit of the Cima Piccola / Kleine Zinne from the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
The summit of the Cima Piccola / Kleine Zinne from the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne

 

The summit of the Cima Ovest / Westliche Zinne from under the summit of the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
The summit of the Cima Ovest / Westliche Zinne from under the summit of the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne

 

Right below the summit of the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
Right below the summit

 

The Zinnenseen from the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
The Zinnenseen

 

A Dolomites landscape photo: the eastern view from the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
A further Dolomites landscape photo: the eastern view from the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne

 

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cima Grande – Gallery

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Click here to see some more images about the first part / second part / fourth part of our adventure on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

 

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