multi pitch bolted climbing in the Dolomites
In the Dolomites, besides many classics, we can also find routes opened with a different spirit: here we talk about sport climbing routes. A modern route is generally considered to be a route opened in the last few decades whose main features are: bolted protection (or a mixture of pegs and bolts) and a climbing style mostly on slabs or open sections of wall which, rather than looking for the line progressing through the weakest point in the rock face, prefers good rock and the most enjoyable and exciting moves. This is also the reason we generally use the French sport-climbing scale to measure these routes’ grades. Beware not to underestimate these routes, as the Dolomites always keep at the forefront this idea of climbing ‘commitment’: protections are quite spaced apart and sometimes it’s necessary to use quick, self-positioned protection like cams or nuts. It goes without saying that the examples here cannot possibly be exhaustive. Rather, they represent an overview giving a taste of what to expect in the pursuit of these modern sport climbing routes.