Fanes' places: the Cunturines
group Lavarella (m 3055) - Cunturines (m 3064)
crowns South the great basin of the Fanes
Alps. Divided from the Sass
dla Crusc by the Medesc saddle, it drops abruptly
on its outer face (La Villa-San Cassiano), while on
the opposite side it shows more accessible, articulated by ridges
and valleys (val Parom, Büsc da Slü).
tops were probably climbed by local hunters since remote times;
first official climb to Piz dles Cunturines, Grünwald
and Siorpaes 1880; to Piz d'Lavarela, Purtscheller
Cunturines mostly consist of Main
Dolomite, topped however by Liassic
; at the base, visible in the Badia valley - san Cassiano, older
and softer terrains: marls,
(not La-Varella!) seems to derive
from the Ladinian word lavarela, "oven scraper";
the word Cunturines (also: Conturines), always
plural, is strictly connected with the Fanes' legend.
Cunturines today are also well known for the Bears'
Cave (Ander dles Laûrs, in the Valun
des Avares, m 2800), that gave back the bones of several
cave bears that lived - and died - there over 50,000 years ago.
For a visit (long and uneasy trip; gated entrance), you are
warmly suggested addressing to local guides.
locates in the Cunturines group the Fanes' stronghold,
i.e the easily defendable position where they retired if attacked.
We may suppose that the royal family's permanent residence was
located in the same place and that the Fanes' main permanent
settlement ought to have been nearby. Probably the location
of all these was a wide ledge partially covered by a roof of
rock, perhaps high over the valley named Büsc da Slü
(Hole-to-be- Shut; on maps: Büsc da Stlü; pronounce
-sc as -sh). This latter name should derive from
a mass technique of chamois hunting, therefore it should be
visible from: La Villa, San Cassiano,
Pralongià, Sella Group, Valparola
pass, Lagazuoi, Alpe di Fanes grande...
Lavarella - Cunturines Group, seen from the SettSass
- farther on the left the drop of the Sass
(Photo IlPalo - http://www.sassodiasiago.it/dal_sito_www_ilpalo_net.htm)
Piz Taibun and the Büsc da Slü
seen from Tadèga pass
to Piz dles Cunturines through Büsc
da Slü and short via ferrata (aided
From Tadèga pass m 2157, saddle m 2855,
3 hs.; Cunturines summit m 3064 through short
via ferrata, 1 h.
To Piz d'Lavarela: as above, but take right on
the saddle; or from the Fanes Hut walk up through the
Parom valley, then climb on the ridge (1st gr.);
also from the Medesc saddle, through screes,
rocks and snow-fields (1st gr.).
the Cunturines through Alpe
di Fanes grande and Alpe
di Fanes piccola: start from the Capanna
Alpina above Armentarola m 1730; col
dla Locia m 2069, 1 h.; Tadega pass m 2157
0.5 hs.; Fanes Hut through Ju de Limo
0.5 hs.; Medesc saddle m 2533, 2 hs.; San
Cassiano m 1536, 1,5 h.; back to Capanna Alpina
(on road), 1 h.
Detour to the Büsc da Slü: from Tadega
pass climb west, up the valley.