Mountaineering is many things. It is walking, climbing, panoramic views, and wilderness experience. For many, it is the fulfillment of childhood dreams; for others, an opportunity to grow in the face of difficulty. In the mountains await adventure, mystery and lifetime bonds with people whom you share your experiences with. The challenge of mountaineering offers you a chance to learn about yourself outside the confines of the modern world.' Freedom of the Hills".
The Northeastern regions of Italy host one of the most diverse mountainous zones in the world. It is a place where every level of walker, extreme hiker, climber, and mountaineer can grow their skill, and as their experience grows to a peak and then starts to decline, the mountains seem to adjust with you and offers you even more new experiences. These mountains are the Dolomites, and they are comprised 9 mountain groups with over 18 peaks that rise to above 3,000 meters and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. The Dolomite's present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems, they are characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The Dolomites also features one of the worlds best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.
The nine individual area of The Dolomites has been listed as World Heritage property in order to protect the highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty. Their dramatic vertical and pale colored peaks in a variety of distinctive sculptural forms are extraordinary in a global context. These land areas also contains an internationally important combination of earth science values. The quantity and concentration of highly varied limestone formations is extraordinary in a global context, whilst the exposed geology provides an insight into the recovery of marine life in the Triassic period, after the greatest extinction event recorded in the history of life on Earth. The sublime, monumental and colorful landscapes of the Dolomite's have also long attracted hosts of travellers and a history of scientific and artistic interpretations of its values, and offers a living classroom to explore and enjoy.
UNESCO National Park in Italy's Dolomite Mountains
The components of the Italian Dolomite World Heritage
- Pelmo Mountain Group
- Marmolada Mountain Group
- Pale di San Martino Mountain Group
- Prez Odle Mountain Group
- Tofane Mountain Group
- Cristallo Mountain Group
- Friulane Mountain Group
- Sciliar Mountain Group
- Catinaccio Mountain Group
- Latemar Mountain Group
- Brenta Mountain Group