The Croda da Lago crag, on the south-eastern slopes of mount Croda da Lago, is without doubt one of the walls with the most spectacular views: in fact it looks onto Lake Federa, which reflects Becco di Mezzodì and the Rifugio Croda da Lago mountain lodge.
The crag is divided into two sectors, a short distance apart: the upper and lower sectors. The wall is at a height of about 2,100 metres, facing south-east. As a result, this crag is ideal above all in summer and during sunny mornings in spring and autumn. There are about thirty pitches with vertical distances from 20 to 35 metres, with grades between 5b and 7b+.
The first climber to notice the potential of this wall of rock was Renzo Sciorpaes (“Zino”), who opened the first routes in the upper section in the 1980s. Later, the Scoiattolo and mountain guide Carlo Alverà, son of the manager of the Croda da Lago mountain lodge, rebolted the wall for sport climbing, and added routes in the lower section.
Approach: The wall can be reached in 10 minutes from the mountain lodge Rifugio Croda da Lago, walking around the south side of the lake, climbing up the very visible scree slope and then the gully above it, and finally following the track towards the right.
The Rifugio Croda da Lago mountain lodge can be reached from the location named Ponte de Ru Curto, by taking track number 437 until you reach Cason de Formin, and then following track number 434 to the lodge (about 1.5-2 hours).
Alternatively, you can reach the wall by walking up from Campo (2-3 hours) or by using the shuttle service to Croda da Lago. In low season you can drive to the Malga Federa mountain hut, from which you can reach the mountain lodge Rifugio Croda da Lago on foot in about 40 minutes.