The Catinaccio is a 8 km long mountain massif, located between the Sciliar in the north and the Passo di Costalunga in the south.
The Catinaccio is located between the Val di Tires in South Tyrol and the Val di Fassa in 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. Linguists, however, claim that “Catinaccio” derives from the Ladin word “ciadinàc”, which means coarse gravel.
The highest summit of the Catinaccio is the Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3,004 m asl), 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 Cima Catinaccio (2,981 m asl).
Other popular peaks and summits are the Torri del Vajolet (Vajolet Towers), Cima Vajolet (2,749 m asl), Croda di Re Laurino (2,813 m asl), Cima Sforcella (2,810 m asl), Roda di Vaèl (2,806 m asl) and the Croda dei Davoi (2,727 m asl) as well as the Masaré (2,611 m asl) and the Torre Finestra (2,670 m asl). Also numerous fixed-rope routes have been established in the Catinaccio massif, like for example the Catinaccio d’Antermoia, Laurenzi, Santner and Masaré routes.