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Dolomites 2014

September 13, 2015

After a couple days relaxing Germany, my dad and I flew to Milan. I spent a few days going to Venice and Milan. Venice was interesting but crowded, the kind of place that would be best seen in early morning before the buses (boats in this case) bring in the sheeple who are herded around the town by guides with wands and umbrellas trying to keep everyone together. Modern tourism is pretty close to a cattle drive, and it’s a drag for the rest of us.

After those few days my dad and I took the rental car north to the Dolomites for a week of hiking. Our first stop was a warmup hike on Lago Di Garda. We drove up to the town of Malcesine and took a cable car to Monte Baldo, and hiked along a ridge to Cima delle Pozzette. Roundtrip distance- 9.5 km, 417 m gain. GPS track here. Cima delle Pozzette was a great warmup for some of the longer hikes we would be doing in the next week. After a birra at the mountain hut we drove to Trento and stayed the night.



The next morning we went to the nearby massif of Monte Bondone and hiked three peaks, the aptly named Giro delle Tre Cime del Bondone. The views were excellent, and the rock in the Dolomites continued to remind me of the Balkan karst across the Adriatic.




The first peak, and the tallest is Cornetto (2180 m). Excellent weather and great views all around. We descended from Cornetto’s summit and passed WWI fortifications, a reminder of the heavy fighting that has scarred most peaks in this range. We continued East along the ridge to the summit of Dos d’Abramo (2140 m). There was a large cross on the summit which was stable enough for me to climb up.






We descended from Dos d’Abramo on a short via ferrata and then hiked to the summit of Cima Verde. On the way down we got off the trail but made it back to the car after walking through a meadow and a swamp, in time for a panini and birra. 11.6 km total distance, with 778 m gain. GPS track here.

The next hike we completed was the loop around Tre Cime di Lavaredo/ Drei Zinnen. We drove to Misurina and took the road up to the Cadore Rifugi. From there it was a nice but very busy hike around the historic area, here too there had been intense fighting in WWI.








After passing the Locatelli Hut/ Dreizinnenhütte we made side trips to Frankfurter Würstl and Sasso di Sesto/ Sextner Stein that took a couple hours, then finished off the loop and headed back to Milan to catch a fight to Stuttgart. GPS track here.







The Dolomites were a great area to visit, with the same kind of terrain as the Balkans that I enjoy, but none of the difficulties associated with travel there. Next, we went to Montenegro to give Kolata another go.

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