Climbing course in Val Badia

Type: Climbing
Guiding: UIAGM mountain guide
Duration: 8 Days
Cost: € 1500
Season: Jun-Sept

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Climbing course for beginners

Formed 200 millions years ago out of the primeval ocean, today they reach 3,000 metres into the sky. Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801) discovered and defined the unique composition of the stone, giving the mountains their name. Now they are among the UNESCO world heritage sites.
The, so-called, “pale mountains” are THE place to go when you want to do your first climbs. Here national and international climbers train each year on the steep limestone walls, with an incredible panorama and a vast choice of all kinds of routes. From alpine ascents and multi pitch routes to easy single pitch routes that allow the first approach to this sport.
Your experienced UIAGM mountain guide will give you all the necessary hints and introduce you to the essential climbing techniques as also to all safety issues. All climbing spots are set in incredible settings with marvellous views, every day you will discover a new hidden corner of the Dolomites.
For lunch there are several rifugios on the way or we take some snacks in order to have a picnic under the rocky walls. In the evening also the culinary side of the Dolomites reveals its secrets, tasty dishes like the canederli (dumplings), speck, Schupfnudeln and the famous Kaiserschmarrs will give the enough energy for the next days climb.
Some days we can also do some Via ferrata, such as Via Ferrata Tridentina, Tomaselli, Lipelli etc, this will be discussed with the group the evening before.
We will stay at the Posta Zirm Hotel situated right in the heart of Corvara, in the Badia valley, dominated by the Sassongher and the mighty Sella massif. Val Badia is one of the fours Ladin speaking valleys, and its inhabitants conserve there language and traditions combining them with a charming hospitality that will conquer you for sure. The Posta Zirm Hotel disposes of a huge SPA with several saunas and a swimming pool where you can relax the aching muscles after a day of fun and climbing.

Daily Programme

Variations in the itinerary could occur due to weather conditions and the fitness level of the participants. The time references are actual walking and climbing times and do not include rest or lunch stops in rifugi.
1° day - Arrival
Meeting with the guide and briefing of the following days. Equipment control and dinner.
Accomodation: Hotel**** D
2° day - Climbing at Sass dLacia
This rock is perfect for beginners, with good holds and stetches to learn some essential climbing tecniques.
Accomodation: Hotel**** B, D
3° Day - Cimbing at Sass de Stria
The Sass di Stria ("the witchs rock") is part of the Fanis group, visible directly from the Falzarego pass, and is known widely for its easy south face. This place has many nice routes that are not too steep and have good holds. Even the militaries train sometimes here in order to approve on routes that they created. This rocky face was revised some years ago by the mountain guides who ensured safty with new tecniques and making the routes suitable even for the younger ones.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
4° Day - Relax
Day dedicated to relax your muscles. Check out the wellness center of the hotel or just hike in this beautiful setting. You guide will give you some hints where to go if you want.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
5° Day - Climbing at the Andraz Castle
Castello di Andraz (Andraz’ Castle, 5731 feet), is one of the most ancient castles in the Dolomites. It was
built in 1027 over a great landslide, to defend the foundries and the road along which the iron dug out of the mines of Mount Pore travelled.
The raw material underwent an initial working process in the neighbouring valleys. The quality of the iron was excellent and was used for manufacturing fine swords, which were exported all over Europe .
They were even used in Scotland during the rebellions of the 13th century, as narrated in the film "Braveheart", starring Mel Gibson. Recently restored and improved with state of the art methods, the site blends extremely well into the surrounding landscape, enriching the atmosphere with echoes of past times. Behind the castle there are some excellent climbing routes, already a bit more difficult, that invite to test what we have learned the past days.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
6° Day - Climbing at Malga Ciapela
Situated below the Fedaia pass this climbing site offers easy but never banal climbing routes.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
7° Day - Climbing at Laste or Via Ferrata to the Bivacco "Pian delle Stelle"
A true fairy tale setting, big rocks immersed in a beautiful wood. There are three monoliths of approx. 60m and many smaller rocks around. The biggest one is Sass de Rocia, 200m long and 100m wide, with steep walls and a leak in the middle of only some metres width. Here is situated a short but not too easy Via Ferrata which leads you up to the top to the Bivacco Pian delle Stelle (Bivouac of the stars). The climbing routes are all not easy but fun to try and who wants can do the Via ferrata which is a perfect outing of the day.
Accommodation: Hotel**** B, D
8° day - Departure
Breakfast and departure
Accomodation: B

Cost includes
English speaking UIAGM mountain guide for the climbing /Via ferrata days, accommodation in double room deluxe with halfboard service at Hotel Posta Zirm*** in Corvara, meals as noted, local transfer as noted, climbing equipment (rope, carabiners, harness etc.).

Inscription cost
Medical - luggage insurance (€ 15).

Does not include
In/Out transfer, insurance of any kind, lunches, personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, etc) and everything not mentioned before.

Note
On request there is the possibility to rent the climbing shoes, please let us know in advance.

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