ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 10

Lessons learned and summary: You CAN encounter a bear in the Dolomites. Physically and technically demanding ascend to Passo del Comedón Bivacco Feltre and Rifugio Bruno Boz at this stage. I recommend to end the stage at Rifugio and stay there for the night. Wild camping in this area turned out to be a veryContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 10”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITY, DAY 9

Lessons learned and summary: Bivouac (Carlo Minazio) a 2 rifugios (Rif Treviso a Rif Cereda) on this stage Long and hard ascent after Rif Treviso Stay at rifugios should be booked up-front; COVID precautionary measures in place (year 2020) Lack of good camping spots after Passo Cereda The night in the “cursed valley” under CimaContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITY, DAY 9”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 8

Lessons learned and summary: 2 rifugios at this stage – rif Rosetta, rif Pradidali Ressuply possibility in San Martino di Castrozza (take a cable car from rif Rosetta) 20th September is the last day of the season. Most rifugios close, cablecars stop operation. Although we tried really hard to find a flat spot yesterday, weContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 8”

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 4

Lessons learned and summary: Alternative route to the desolate section of yesterday’s stage (for advanced hikers) – via ferrata to the summit of Piz Boé (3,125 m.n.m.) Crossover from South Tyrol to Trento province at this stage Quite a “civilized” section (many huts on the way – Rifugio Forcella Pordoi, Viel del Pan), resorts PassoContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 4”

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”

ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 1

Lessons learned and summary: Don’t worry about missing out by taking a cable car from Brixen (Sant’ Andrea) to Plose instead of hiking You can leave your car on a parking lot right below the cable car (free of charge in 2020) First ascent to the pass below Peitlerkofel/Sass de Pütia peak and first hutContinue reading “ALTA VIA 2 DOLOMITES, DAY 1”