Pelmo Group

In this chapter we discuss one of the most famous, evocative and unmissable mountains of the Zoldo Dolomites, the Pelmo Group.

The Pelmo Group, a mountain massif in the Zoldo Dolomites in the province of Belluno, separates the Zoldo Valley and the Fiorentina Valley from the Boite Valley. It is divided into two main peaks: the Pelmo which reaches 3168 meters and the Pelmetto which, however, reaches 2990 meters.

The first ascent occurred in 1857, from the Englishman John Ball, who chose Pelmo Mount as the first climb, with the simple motivation that this mountain seemed to him the most beautiful of all. The Pelmo is also remembered as the first peak of the Dolomites to be conquered.

Another feature of the massif is its eastern side, where the wide glacial cirque looks similar to a seat, so much so as to be locally called "El Caregon de el Padreterno". A local legend, in fact, narrates that the Padreterno after having created the Antelao, the Tofane, the Sorapiss, the Cristallo, the Marmarole and the tops of the Cadore, was so tired that he decided to create the Pelmo just to rest. A very interesting climb is on the Pelmetto, where you can admire the dinosaur footprints dating back to 250 million years ago.

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