KUNGSLEDEN, DAY 2

Lessons learned and summary: Camping is prohibited in the Abisko National Park except for the designated locations. Later on, camping is possible nearly anywhere. There are lots of mosquitos and people on the trail in August. It’s OK though, one gets used to them. I recommend to pack an eye sleeping mask. There’s much lightContinue reading “KUNGSLEDEN, DAY 2”

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”