Location: Monte Pelmo, Dolomites
The Monte Pelmo is a lonely block in the Dolomites in Italy - aloof in its appearance no matter which side you approach it from. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the mountain is the only significant three-thousander in the Dolomites which has not been marred by artificial steel cable aids such as cable cars or via ferrate routes. Those who want to climb Mount Pelmo must do so on foot, relying on their own power. The easiest route is the Ball-Band, named after the explorer who found it – the Irish Alps pioneer John Ball. In 1857, this man was the first to climb the mountain. His route leads over 1 km across the eastern wall, sure-footedness and overcoming a short climb in grade II are prerequisites.