2012: The Dolomites

 

In June 2012 we spent 9-days hiking in the Dolomites. These photos and notes give an overview of our trip.

 

We did some drinking:

 

Quite a lot of drinking, in fact…

 

However, as well as the odd tipple, we did some stunning walks…

 

A photo from our last (and possibly the best) day’s walking.

 


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We did a 7-mile, 3300ft ascent, walk from the shuttle-bus stop in Val Camp di Dentro.

Our walk took us through truly spectacular scenery: along the valley, climbing ever more steeply up to a notch in the ridge called Grande dei Rondoi. From here we scrambled over the abrupt west-wall of Torre dei Scrperi, and were presented with some of the most stunning mountain scenes.

 

Our route would take us around the mountain…

Ascending the col: it only looks close!

 

At the col: ascending the buttress, on the left, takes us over the shoulder of the mountain…

 

We take a rest: it was hard work climbing scree!

Up we go…

 

Higher and higher…

Eventually the top!

 

On the shoulder of Torre dei Scrperi: high level walking at its very best!

 

As hard as it is to imagine, for such a beautiful part of the world, this landscape was fought over for many years. Just about everywhere we went there was the telltale signs of past conflict. And no more so than the summit of Monte Piana: now part of Italy, but was once part of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

Trench warfare in the mountains…

Monuments to bravery: here a Bosi; relation to Julie?

 

In such a beautiful place, it’s hard to believe that it was once a scene of horror…

 

The week before we travelled to The Dolomites, we were in Tuscany with Julie’s parents doing a bit more family treeing…

 

Exploring Barga, and Sandy cementing her reputation as a boozy Bosi;-)

 

 

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