Climbing the North Face of the Grosse Zinne, Central Peak of the Drei Zinnen (1)

The Drei Zinnen (in Italian: Tre Cime di Lavaredo; in english: The Three Peaks of Lavaredo) is certainly the most impressive view of the Dolomites. The north face of the Grosse Zinne / Cima Grande is one of the Six Great Northern Faces in the Alps. Emilio Comici and Dimai brothers made the first ascent of this 600 m overhanging wall in 1933.

 

Landscape picture of the Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo - the emblem of the Dolomites
In the lower section the Comici-Dimai route leads into the right side of the overhanging part of the wall. (Somewhere in the right side of the great butter-coloured area.) Above, the line traverses left and leads through some ledges and chimneys. Some of the upper pitches are often wet.

The Drei Zinnen from Northeast

Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo - the emblem of the Dolomites
Here we can see cumulus clouds developing above the Sexten Dolomites. In the course of the day they became overdeveloped and some rain showers occured repeatedly. On the day our three-man climbing team made the ascent using the the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande.

On the North Face of the Grosse Zinne

Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo, climbing the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
There are a lot of pitons on the lower pitches

 

Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo, climbing the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande / Grosse Zinne
On the 6th pitch of the Comici-Dimai route on the Cima Grande

 

A view from the Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo
A view of the three little mountain lakes under the Drei Zinnen from the Grosse Zinne: the Zinnenseen

 

A view from the Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo
Once again the Zinnenseen from the Comici-Dimai route

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo from Northwest

Nature photo of the Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo / The Three Peaks of Lavaredo
Taken from the opposite direction this view is a nature photo taken in a different season

 

Drei Zinnen, Grosse Zinne – Gallery

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