The Odle/Geisler Dolomite massif
The Puez-Odle/Geisler Nature Reserve bears the name of these Dolomite pinnacles and the world-famous climber, Reinhold Messner, cut his teeth here.
Name: Geisler (German), Odle (Italian), Odles (Ladin). The name comes from the Ladin language and means "needles"
Summits: Sass Rigais (3025 m), Furchetta (3030 m), Sass da L'Ega/Wasserkofel (2924 m)
Location: The Geisler Dolomite range is located between the valley head of the Funes/Villnöss valley and the Val Gardena/Gröden in the Dolomites. These pinnacles are often referred to as the Odle of the Val di Funes/Villnöss Geisler to distinguish them from the Odle di Èores/Aferer Geisler which are situated on the opposite, northern side of the valley and are not quite as tall (Tullen 2653 m).
Secured climbing routes (Vie ferrate/Klettersteige):
- Sass Rigais route, Furchetta route
- The Adolf Munkel Trail (5 h)
- Herrensteig trail (4 h)
- Günther Messner trail (6 1/2 h)
Shelter/refreshments: Malga Brogles/Brogles-Hütte (2054 m), Rifugio Genova al Passo Poma/Schlüter-Hütte (2297 m), Malga Gampen/Gampen-Alm (2062 m) Malga di Casnago/Gschnagenhardt-Alm (1996 m), Malga Geisler/Geisler-Alm (1996 m), Baita Troier/Troier Hütte (2250 m).
Reinhold Messner, often described as the greatest mountain climber of all time, was born in the Funes/Villnöss valley and describes the Geisler pinnacles as his childhood mountains.