This mountain is the highest summit of the Brenta Dolomites.
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The Cima Tosa ("cima" means "summit") is the highest peak in the Brenta Dolomites (3.173 m a.s.l.). It is located at the central ridge of the mountain group, between the Brenta Valley in the north, the Val d'Ambiez valley in the south and the Pozza Tramontana in the east. The latter is a large elliptical glacier karst pit. If you watch the Cima Tosa from below, the north and west walls seem to be easy to climb.
The normal route, called "Via del Camino", climbs up rocky stairs in the south-east and also includes a short climbing section. The higher you get, the easier and less steep the route becomes. Once you reach the top of the Cima Tosa, a 360° panorama awaits you, from Lake Garda to the Dolomites, from the Presanella group to the High Tauern and the other peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. There are also alternative routes: the "Via Migotti", the normal route from the Val d'Ambiez valley, and the ascent along the "Canalone Neri" ice rut (popular with ice climbers), are particularly well known. As of recently there have been several other routes that now also lead up via the north wall and the west wall.
The first ascent of the Cima Tosa took place on the 20th of July 1865 by Giuseppe Loss from Primiero, a village in Trentino, and six fellow climbers. The first ascent of the neighbouring Torre Gilberti took place almost 100 years later: The rock tower was conquered in 1962 by Georges Livanos, Marc Vaucher and Roger Lepage.