This route was opened on Torrione Zesta by Mario Dibona Moro, together with Gretchen Alexander and Armando Nascè.
Torrione Zesta is a nice, sunny rock face out of the beaten track. The very steep and challenging path stretches out on a very good terrain of grey-yellow rock. The crux is on the last pitch. From the summit, in order to get back to Ra Valles, you will have to go past a friable crest and a grade 2 debris couloir: be careful!
The route's grade is 6b max - with some 5c moves.
The route is well equipped with bolts and pitons, it has bolts at the belay points.
14 quickdraws, cords and slings, friends.
Peak: Tofana di Mezzo - Torrione Zesta
You can see the Torrione Zesta onyour right when ascending on the Freccia nel Cielo cable car, just before getting to the terminal which is located uphill of Ra Valles.
Approach: two options:
1) Taking the Freccia nel Cielo cable car up to the Ra Valles terminal, approximately 40 minutes.
From the terminal, take the trail that goes along the ski slope and descend until you reach the foot of the rock face.
2) Starting from the car park of Piè Tofana, approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
Ascend along the ski slope that goes down from Ra Valles to the car park until you see the signposts that indicate the trail to Forcella Rossa. From there, head towards the foot of the rock face, which is always visible from anywhere along the approach path.
Descent: two options:
1) Taking the cable car, 40 minutes approximately.
At the end of the climbing route, you will have to reach the uphill terminal of the Freccia nel Cielo cable car.
2) Through the trail, 1 hour 30 minutes approximately.
At the end of the climbig route, take the trail that goes down along the ski slope and reach the car park of Piè Tofana.