ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 7

Lessons learned and summary: Be prepared for a heavy condensation during the night (humid climate in the Dolomites) I would really recommend firm hiking boots with ankle support for this trail Demanding stage full of via ferratas, exposed climbs, narrow paths and through terrain A heavy mist came down after the dusk and turned intoContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 7”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 6

Lessons learned and summary: There are bears in the Dolomites! The most stunning stage of the trail Rifugio Fuciade and other rifugios/villages on this stage In the middle of the night I’m suddenly roused from my deep sleep by a sound….a sound of a crunching rock and falling stones. I’m half asleep but I’m realizingContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 6”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 5

(part 2.) Lessons learned and summary: Despite “no entry” signs, it’s OK to take the asphalt path leading around Lago di Fedaia basin. Stores in Malga Ciapla close mid-September when the season ends. (Were already closed on 17th of September) Long ascent from Malga Ciapela onwards with lack of suitable camping spots When we getContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 5”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 5

(part 1.) Lessons learned and summary: Don’t make the same stupid mistakes like we did, plan carefully so that you know what’s ahead. Minimize the chances of getting yourself into trouble Two alternative routes of Alta Via 2 from Lago di Fedaia onwards – 1) longer detour around Marmolada mountain through Malga Ciapella village 2)Continue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 5”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 3

Lessons learned and summary: Be prepared to carry your trash with you (It’s not possible to dispose of it on the huts). Ferrata gear would come in handy on this stage. It’s necessary for the Pisciad`u peak summit. (This climb is, however, extra – detour; Alta Via 2 leads around it) 2 huts on thisContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 3”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 2

Lessons learned and summary: 2 passes on this stage (under the Piz Duleda and Col dala Piëres peaks) Be mindful of your water supplies and plan ahead Second mountain hut – Rifugio Puez Apparently the sun rises quite early here in the Dolomites. It’s 7 a.m. and we are already awake. We want to packContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 2”

BULHARSKO, DAY 7

Seventh day was supposed to be a rest day….Well, that didn’t exactly work out. „Let’s just quickly climb to one of the surrounding peaks and spend the rest of the day relaxing“, we thought. For that purpose we chose Rilets peak (2,713 m.a.s.l.) which quickly earned a nickname „Killer mountain“. It could have occurred toContinue reading “BULHARSKO, DAY 7”

BULHARSKO, DAY 6

What a romantic experience – sleeping near the lake, right? There’s only one problem with it – during the night, it’s usually damn cold near water. We could tell…In addition to being woken up by the cold multiple times during the night, I was also awakened by strange noises – sounds of footsteps near ourContinue reading “BULHARSKO, DAY 6”

BULHARSKO, DAY 5

You know those moments when something annoying happens but after a while it turns out that it was actually for good? Like when you are awaken in the middle of the night by your uncompromising bladder and you have to crawl out of your warm sleeping bag into the cold dark night…Well, that sucks! ButContinue reading “BULHARSKO, DAY 5”

BULHARSKO, DAY 4

Yesterday’s bread, salami, plastic cheese, margarine and jam – that was the school cantine-like breakfast we got at the Maljovica Hut. Flash-back to our childhood. We ate it all…to the very last slice of salami. Not that we would love it that much but because we were that hungry. We planned a one day roundContinue reading “BULHARSKO, DAY 4”