Dolomite Rock Climbing

Course Overview

An introduction to this very individual style of climbing. Whatever the grade you can be sure it will be pretty steep! If you can follow VS/4c confidently then there is a lot to interest you. Courses will be located in Canazei (camping) close to the Sella and Rosengarten climbing areas. Each day will be spent climbing on high quality multi-pitch routes and returning to base in the evening. The course offers a good chance to learn more about efficient techniques to speed up progress on long routes, including stance management, belays and moving together. Descent is often by a series of long abseils and once again the skills involved in safe progress will be covered in detail.

The whole of the Dolomite chain contains some really fantastic scrambling (Via Ferrata’s) which would offer an exciting extension to this six day programme, which individuals could follow themselves if holiday time allowed.

Access to this area is via the German autobahn system and Innsbruck, then over the Brenner Pass. It is also possible to fly to Innsbruck or Milan and take a train to Bolzano where you can be picked up. It should be possible to use trains all the way from Britain as far as Bolzano.

Course Details

Costs: £300 per day for 1:1 or £150 each 1:2 ratio

Ratio: 1:2


By arrangement (June to September)
Dates to suit guests. Individuals or couples


Price does not include:

  • Alpine insurance (Contact BMC)
  • Travel to the Alps
  • Valley accommodation and meals
  • Guides mountain and hut expenses
Further reading on the area:
  • Classic Climbs in the Dolomites - Cicerone Press
  • Dolomites, selected climbs - Alpine Club
  • Via Ferrata - Scrambles in the Dolomites - Cicerone Press


Kit Requirements

Alps Kit List


For the Alps it is essential to have a warm and stiff soled boot. The warmth of the boot is important on high snowy peaks. Boots can be hired, but it is better to arrive with your own well broken-in footwear, in order to avoid problems. They must not be smooth soled or very flexible. Go for a B2 for general alpinism or B3 if you intend climbing more technical routes. Lightweight fabric boots are not recommended.


These should be ten or twelve pointers with front points. They should fit the boots you will be wearing! Rigid C3 crampons 'ball up' badly and are not recommended for that reason. Completely stiff crampons are not good for long treks. C2 Petzl-Charlet mixed points with toe straps and heel
' cup' are good, as are Grivel G10. Heel 'cups' tend to be more sure-fitting than heel clips on some boots. Carry your crampons in a bag, rubber nipple crampon covers are very fiddly and time consuming. Please have anti-balling plates fitted to your crampons. A C1 crampon with straps all round can be used on stiffer boots.

ice axe

Alpine axes should be around 60/70cms in length. Shorter tools are needed if steep climbing is envisaged.

Essential. Adjustable leg loops are preferred for ease of fitting. The Black Diamond 'Bod' is good.


Essential. Adjustable leg loops are preferred for ease of fitting. The Black Diamond 'Bod' is good.

Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
The trousers should have a full length leg zip for ease of fitting over boots and crampons. Lightweight waterproofs are often better in the Alps as they spend most of the time in your rucsac.

A lightweight pair of gaiters (not Yeti's) are essential at times.


A medium volume sac of 45/55 litres is best. Plastic bag liners are useful. Buy a rucsac without too many complicated straps and buckles. Large hip supports often hinder harness fitting and add to the weight, as do internal metal stiffeners.


Should be of lightweight layers. Extremes of temperature will be experienced and a flexible system is essential. Warm mitts and hat are essential, as are sun-shade hat, trainers and shorts. Jackets should have accessible pouch pockets for carrying items needed quickly (sunglasses, sweeties, small camera, sun cream, etc.). Shirts should have a high collar to protect your neck from the sun, T-shirts are poor in this respect.

Bivvy Bag

Bivvy Bag
A large person sized plastic survival bag (500gauge) is the minimum requirement.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
A small personal pack including medication for blisters, headaches, stomach upsets, sunburn plus any personal drugs. For people on special drug treatments please bring spares and/or a list of their brand names/contents. Total sun block cream for glacier travel. Lip salve. Small tube of skin cream. Ear plugs for a quiet nights sleep in huts if other people are snoring!

Good Quality Sun-glasses
Best with side covers for glacier travel. Please check with an optician.

Compass and Map

Compass and Map
Maps are best bought on arrival but can be found in Britain, check beforehand.

Guide Books
Try 'The Alpine 4000m Peaks' by Richard Goedeke (Diadem). Recommended

Prussik Loops
Bring four metres of 6mm line (softish kernmantel) to be made into loops on arrival.

Long Tape Slings

Two @ 120cm and Screwgate Karabiners (three).


Essential to carry a litre.

Light Sleeping Bag
For camping, bunkhouses and possible planned bivouacs.Not for alpine huts. A light silk sleeping bag liner can add to your comfort considerably.

Telescopic Ski Poles (three part)
Very useful for taking the weight off your lower body in descent, boosting you up hill and general balance. Recommended but not essential.

Rock Boots

Rock Boots
Useful for valley climbing, during bad weather conditions at altitude.

Other items
- Form E111 (DSS)
- Passport
- Alpine Club Card
- Insurance