Prominence: 907 m, 2975 ft
Elevation: 3064 meters, 10,052 feet
True Isolation: 6.67 km, 4.15 mi
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||46° 34' 33'' N, 11° 58' 44'' E|
46.575838, 11.978753 (Dec Deg)
728242 E 5162341 N, Zone 32 (UTM)
|County/Second Level Region||Bolzano|
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Italy Alps Peaks with 600 meters of Prominence (Rank #78)
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2017-07-23 by Daniel Krizanec (GPS Track)
2020-06-29 by Om Hoog
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|Topographic isolation: 7 km|
Nearest higher peak: Tofana di Dentro, 3238 m
The Cunturines-Spitze is a mountain in the Dolomites. In Ladin language its name is Piz dles Cunturines. The peak is also called Conturines. Always in plural form.
Cunturines is the highest peak – 3064 m - of the Fanes Group. The peak is in South-Tirol but it’s only 3-4 km far from the broder of Belluno province.
The Fanes Group has 2 subgroups: the subgroup of Cunturines and the subgroup of Fanis. The Cunturines subgroup is again devided into to masses: the northern mass dominated by the Zehner Spitze/Sass da les Diisc (3026 m) and the souther mass of the “twin peaks” of Lavarella and Cunturines. The mass of Zehner Spitze and that of Lavarella-Cunturines is separated by the saddle called Lavarella Sattel/Forcella Medesc (2533 m). The pair of Lavarella and Cunturines are separated by saddle being in a much higher elevation (a few meters below 2900 m), indicating that the peaks Lavarella and Cunturines have near relationship. A few meters below this saddle there are two minor lakes, with ice in them even in August.
Cunturines (3064 m) is higher by a few meters than Lavarella (3055 m). And climbing Cunturines is a bigger challenge than climbing Lavarella. Cunturines gives better adventure and better views.
Looking to Cunturines Spitze from north, from Lavarella or from the upland Busc da Stlii, it seems that Cunturines Spitze lives its own life on the plateau around. It has its own distinct mass if you look at it from north, with an approximate height of 150 meter. The peak has a different character from west and from south. It has an almost vertical wall at these sides, falling down 1300-1400 meter. Here you can have that rare experience that you are standing on the peak, looking down, and if you have good eyes, you can see your car down by 1350 meter in the parking place at Cap. Alpina. The peak doesn’t have such a distinct shape from its east side. It has two subpeaks called Taibun Spitze (2928 m) and Cunturines Zahn (2693 m).
The mountain is mainly built of dolomite, at some places substituted by early Jurassic Lias limestone, and at the basement of the mountain with marble, tuff and sandstone.
Due to the high altitude of the peak and due to the vertical walls of the peak there is no vegetation on the peak. It is bare rock.
Cunturines Spitze can be seen well from the following places: Stern/La Villa, St. Kassian/S. Cassiano, Pralongia, Sella Group, Passo di Valparola, Lagazuoi and other points of the Fanes Group.
Very likely Cunturines Spitze was climbed for the first time by local hunters in the old times. Ludwig Grünwald and Santo Siorpaes, his guide from Cortina were the first mountaineers who officially climbed the peak on the 4th August 1880. According to some resources L. Purtscheller was with them, too.
Now the only marked route leading to the peak is the via ferrata called Cunturinessteig or Tru-Dolomieu-Klettersteig. According to a German source it is rated middle difficulty, 3 – B/C. According to Italian sources it is rated 1st grade. I can tell my own experience: what is easy in this Ferrata is that the few vertical sections are solved with wooden (!) ladder. There are no other vertical sections, and the steel cords are more for securing the way then for the purpose that the climber drags himself up using the steel rope. And the via ferrata is short: only the last 100 meter elevation gain must be done on it. Nevertheless there are some difficulties in this via ferrata:
- At the beginning of the via ferrata there is an exposed place where you must jump (horizontally) approximately 2 meters. If the jump is missed, then you are in a big trouble if having no appropriate securing.
- The steel cords are in bad condition: sharp fibres are separated from its main bundle. Via ferrata gloves are needed
- The whole via ferrata is very exposed: often above 1000 meter d
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