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Averau, Nuvolau, Croda da Lago Group

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Gusela del Novolau (Monte Gusela) 
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Averau, Nuvolau, Croda da Lago Group  

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Submitted By: Tim Wolfe on Mar 3, 2011
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These climbing sector of the Dolomites is situated near the Passo Giau which is located south of Cortina on the narrow road 638. It is fairly isolated, has a lot of hikers and an easy Via Ferrata on Averau peak right off the top of the pass

Getting There 

Drive south of Cortina, take road 638 left rather than going on to Passo Falzarego. As you approach Passo Giau, the Lastoni di formin wall will be on your left (East) and at the pass, Monte Gusela and Averau peak in on the right (West).

Monte Averau and Monte Gusela lie due north of Passo Giau along Path 452. You can also access these two mountains from Cinque Torre simply by hiking up the hill from the ski lift to the mountain of your choice. Lastoni di Formin is the huge flat topped wall/plateau facing West towards the road below the pass. It consist of multiple named faces (Torrione Marcella, Ponte de Giau, Gran Diadro, Spiz de Mondeval) that are accessed either from the top of the pass (longer walk) or from various parking spots along the road down the hill towards Cortina. Croda da Lago is the set of rugged peaks sitting due east (behind Lastoni di Formin when looking from the pass) of Lastoni di Formin. Croda da Lago routes are also accessed from road 638 about 10 km below Passo Giau (heading towards Cortina) via trails 437 or 434 then heading up trail 435 in the Val de Formin until you are below the route you seek.

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9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Averau, Nuvolau, Croda da Lago Group:
Via Paulo Amedeo (Torrione Marcella formation )   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1100'   Lastoni di Formin
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Featured Route For Averau, Nuvolau, Croda da Lago Group
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Torre Luisa Eastface "Via Ghedina" 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  Europe : Italy : ... : Torre Luisa
Nice sustained 5.8 climbing. Crux is the first pitch.P1 5.8: sustained climbing. No protection first 25 feet. Than some pitons and some good cam-placements. At the end of the pitch, traverse to the right. P2 5.7: mainly traversing. Start up the grey slab. Sustained climbing. Three piton anchor.P3 5.8: easier climbing, with two well protected 5.8 moves. Traverse to the right underneath the big roof, to an anchor.p4 5.7: climb to the top. Route wasn't clear to us, but it seemed all quite easy. Sol...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Averau, Nuvolau, Croda da Lago Group Slideshow Add Photo
Monte Averau (R), and Croda da Lago (L).
Monte Averau (R), and Croda da Lago (L).
Croda da Lago and Lastoi di Formin.
Croda da Lago and Lastoi di Formin.
Lastoni di Formin (front cliff) with Croda da Lago...
Lastoni di Formin (front cliff) with Croda da Lago...

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By Bruce Hildenbrand
Feb 22, 2013
Monte Averau should have it's own area and not be grouped in with either the Nuvolau or Croda da Lago.
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 3, 2014
The Nuvolau group include Averau and Gusela - all in one little crag just north of Passo Giau. We have separated Cinque Torri as its own group just due to all the small peaks and climbs there, but all these crags and small summits are adjacent to one another. Lastoni di Formin is right across the road from the same pass and Croda da Lago is adjacent to it. So all these crags/mountains are included in a single "group" as any climber would access them all from the same parking area or one very close. Otherwise we will end up with hundreds of groups based on a single named subpeak or face.
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