Versante Sud - Marmolada

Review by planetFear
Thursday 26th July 2007

Marmolada Parete Sud by Mauritzio Giordani
Published by Versante Sud in 2007

This most recent guide to the Marmolada certainly lives up to the high standards that have recently been set for new guidebooks.

Mauritzio is clearly very passionate about climbing on the Marmolada, and he has included a detailed historical section at the start of the book. Unfortunately the guide is written in Italian and has no English translation yet.

There are numerous excellent photos although the cover photo could have been more inspiring. The topos, and especially the photo topos, are the clearest I’ve seen for multi-pitch routes. As well as a detailed description for every route, the usual details such as the grade, route length, number of pitches, expected time to climb have also been included – and is therefore fully comprehensive.

Unlike many guides published these days Mauritzio has used a star system, making it easy to select classic routes. Even though this can create queues and polish on routes, most people, myself included, really want to do the classic lines when they visit a new area.
Even if you can’t read Italian, if you’re planning a climbing trip to the Marmolada, although perhaps a little expensive at 27.50 Euros, I’d say this book is worth getting for the topos and photo-topos alone.


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