Speaking of the Tre Cime area, my best climb in the Dolomites done in 1964 was the "Demuth Kante" on the Cima Ovest. I finally found a partner and did it w/o a guide. My partner was a young Brit by the name of Lew Brown. We actually made it to the "Ringband" at near dark and managed to get to the hut before they turned out the lights and locked the doors. Not bad, considering we had an "alpine start" at Noon! All climbing was done 100% free, no etriers used, and the crux pitch today is rated VII-. YDS equivalent is 5.10a/b. What facilitated our descent was the 300' perlon rope!
I had some marvelous South Tirolian wine that was just a bit lighter in body than a Pinot Noir, and it went very well with the Pasta courses and the Wiener Schnitzel. Had one Schnitzel "Cordon Bleu," complete with prosciutto and emmenthaler. Yum!
and finish off with Torre Grande, West Summit via della Guida.
First alpine climb I ever did, only following my mentor. I was scared shitless at times, but it eased the higher we got up. (It's only 5 pitches, but for someone who had done only single-pitch before thats quite enough)
Nice flat summit with incredible views of the surrounding mountains like the huge wall of the Tofane.