rosengarten bei karersee dorf
rosengarten bei karersee dorf

Catinaccio Group

The Catinaccio Group is a 8 km long massif, located between Mt. Sciliar in the north and the Passo di Costalunga in the south

The Catinaccio Group is located between the Val di Tires valley in South Tyrol and the Val di Fassa valley in the Trentino. According to the legend of King Laurin, the German name "Rosengarten" (rose garden) for this mountain range derives from a garden sheeted with roses. Also the natural fenomenon of the "Enrosadira", when the peaks shine in bright red colours in the twilight, derives from this beautiful legend. Linguists, however, claim that "Catinaccio" derives from the Ladin word "ciadinàc", which means coarse gravel. Its highest summit is Mt. Catinaccio d'Antermoia (3,004 m a.s.l.), which can be scaled via fixed rope route. It was C. Comyn Tucker and T.H. Carson from Great Britain to make the first ascent in 1873.

However, the main summit is the slightly lower Catinaccio Peak (2,981 m a.s.l.). Other popular peaks are the Vajolet Pinnacles, the Cima Vajolet (2,749 m a.s.l.) and Cima Sforcella (2,810 m a.s.l.) peaks, Mt. Croda di Re Laurino (2,813 m a.s.l.), Mt. Roda di Vaèl (2,806 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Croda dei Davoi (2,727 m a.s.l.) as well as Mt. Masaré (2,611 m a.s.l.) and the Finestra Pinnacle (2,670 m a.s.l.). Also numerous fixed-rope routes have been established in the Catinaccio massif such as the Catinaccio d'Antermoia, Laurenzi, Santner and Masaré Routes. In winter, however, at the foot of the Catinaccio, the Ski Area Carezza Dolomites with its 40 km of ski slopes can be found.

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