by JohnJoe » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:50 pm
Date walked: 28/07/2012
Time taken: 120
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We stayed in 'huts' every night, although these were not crumbling shacks with holes in the roof as the name might suggest, but large, modern buildings with comfortable (usually) dormotories and huge quantities of good food in the evening. The price was around 50 euros for bed, breakfast and evening meal. Shower tokens were about 5 euros each - apparently because of the shortage of water. I skimped on the showers.
Breakfast was generally bread, bread, and more bread. The evening meals were all very good, although on one evening I ate something which didn't agree with me and spent a long time in the middle of the night crouched over a drop toilet in the dark with aching thighs, which was probably the low point of my trip. The high point, in both senses, was reaching the top of Mount Paterno using the via ferrata route.
I couldn't help trying to compare treking here with walking in Scotland. It seemed easier to navigate here, mainly because most of the paths and routes were so clearly marked, but also because the visibility was generally better and the landscape had more distinctive features. After a couple of days I had concluded that treking in the Dolomites was just munroing for idiots, but a couple of storms and a big rockfall close to one of our huts one night reminded me not to get cocky about it.
by ChrisW » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:32 am
by Steve B » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:04 am
Did you find lots of detritus from the first world war on your walks? I found this to be very humbling thinking about the people putting up these routes with very basic equipment and being shot at and shelled.
It is a great area for hiking and climbing.
by trekker53 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:27 am
Great pics of the Dolomites. I too was in this area last year and did the via ferrata ascent of Paternkofel. We took a different route from yourself starting at the pass between Tre Cime and Paterkofel. The views from the summit are fantastic.
My report is here if you wish to read,
by colgregg » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:20 am
by garyhortop » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:42 pm
by JohnJoe » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:54 pm
Steve - I didn't see any remaining items from the war - I guess they must have all been collected up by now. It is incredible to think that people were in combat in that environment, especially during the winter months (although I'm sure it was equally horrific elsewhere).
Trekker, I think I actually read your report on here before - or just after - I decided to do the trip. Very inspiring! You managed to capture the via ferrata experience with your photos much better than I did with mine. After coming down from the summit, I wanted to follow the via ferrata all the way south to Lavaredo, but I could only find the path that went back towards Tre Cime hut.
I'm really pleased about how this trip turned out. I thought that it might be a bit too 'pro' for someone like me, technically too difficult, or just too terrifying.....but it was just right.
I really recommend this area to anyone into hill walking, scrambling, or climbing.
by MarilynMunro » Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:03 am
Never mind, thank for posting up