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History Made as Climber Solos 12 Peaks in Winter

Gietl climbed a dozen of the most famous summits in the Dolomites in three days

Solo winter traverses of rocky ranges are complicated objectives that come with several hazards, that’s what makes them so rare and noteworthy when they are completed. Italian alpinist Simon Gietl just made history with one such traverse.

In the Dolomites, Gietl, 38, took advantage of a great weather window to make the first solo Villnösser-Geisler winter traverse above the Villnöss Valley. He spent three days and two nights linking the peaks via classic routes, which he wasn’t familiar with. He carried a small pack, tent, a 60-metre rope and a stove.

The summits along the traverse include Torre S. Zenòn (2,599 m), Sasso S. Zenòn (2,610 m), Sass da l‘Ega (2,924 m), Odla di Valdussa (2,942 m), Furchetta (3,030 m), Sass Rigàis (3,025 m), Grande Odla (2,832 m), Camp. di Fùnes (2,834 m), Grande Fermeda (2,814 m), Piccola Fermeda (2,640 m), Cima di Brògles (2,590 m), and Seceda (2, 518 m).