3 Comments Written by Tam on 07/09/2010 in AV2.

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Sorry for the lack of updates over the weekend but we either had no 3G
coverage or the conditions were too bad to hang around and do an update…
so here’s a quick summary:

(5/9/2010) Rif Mulaz – Rif Rosetta
Weather still chilly and windy but managed to climb up to Passo Della
Farangole (2932m) across a couple of snowfields, a lot of loose rocks and
scree, and a final section of climbing up ladders and cables bolted to the
rocks, before the mist swirled in as we climbed down the cables the other
side and mostly slid down the steep scree slope before the final 270m
ascent up to Rif Rosetta (2581m). The thick mist and cold wind (and
possibly the cake) convinced us not to push on to Rif Pradidali for the
night but to stay put… so we took the cable car down (then back up) to
San Martino di Castrozza to hit the bank for some extra cash.

(6/9/2010) Rif Rosetta – Rif Treviso
Even worse weather saw the Rosetta guardian
recommending the “bad weather” routes that avoided the more exposed
sections. The whole place was like a barren moonscape, with only those who
were “brave or foolhardy enough to go”. Headed up towards, then round the
back of, a couple of glaciers whose green ice was clearly visble on the
front edge where it had broken away. Still rocky and exposed in places so
wouldn’t have been impressed with “the way”. 2 german couples we’d seen
for the past couple of days headed the same way as us but then we lost
them after a couple of hours (presumably for a short day just to Rif
Pradidali) while we suffered a 1400m descent, via Bivacco Minazio
(unmanned hut with the remains of a US bomber that crashed in 1957), and a
final 300m climb to Rif Treviso (1631m), to be the only visitors for the

(7/9/2010) Rif Treviso – Passo Cedera
The Treviso Rif Guardian told us of more mist and wind followed by rain
for the rest of the week. He suggested we would get to the passo fine but
after that wouldn’t be so fun. He did, however, acknowledge the difference
between “dolomiti showers” and “scottish showers” so I guess he thought we
might be used to a bit of rain. This morning wasn’t holding back, though,
and it was tipping down at 0820 when we left the rifugio and headed in
full waterproofs through the rain, mist and soggy, muddy forest.

The guide book strongly discourages heading out on the final section in
bad weather, however, and with rain set in for the rest of the week, after
a rather wet morning of 750m ascent over Forcella d’Oltro (2229m) and
1100m more descent to Passo Cereda (1361m), we opted to take the bus via
Fiera di Primiero down to Feltre. :(

So after 10 days of bread/jam/cheese, spaghetti and pork steaks we’re
heading off in search of pizza…

Rif Mulaz

No Comments Written by Tam on 07/09/2010 in AV2.

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Headed up from Passo di san Pelligrino, via the ski pistes, over the pass
and down to the busy Passo di Valles. Carried on straight up the side of
the rocks towards Forcella Venegia (2217m). Several rocky scrambles later,
several threats of rain, the need to stash poles so hands were free for
the rocks/cables/scrambles, a total day’s climb of 1200m, and the final
Forcella Arduini (2582m) brought the high Rifugio Mulaz (2571m) into sight
:) The next 4 hours include a further 400m climb to the highest pass on
the route and the “need for a good head for heights with the exposed
paths” – ruhoh – but we’ve put that off til tomorrow.
Sorry for the 3 typos yesterday (please don’t point them out, Dad!) – I
was tired/still on 1st beer. Also sorry for the misplaced gps location –
Adie got the fix but was too impatient to ensure it was uploaded…

(wriiten 4th, sent 7th when got 3G coverage)

Passo di san Pellegrino

No Comments Written by Tam on 03/09/2010 in AV2.

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Crappy weather all day. Rain turned to hail at 2270m, but the sun came out
briefly at the top of Forca Rossa (2490m). Rolled in to Rif. Fuciade at
~5pm to find no space so grabbed a quick beer and nailed the final 45mins
of section 2 down to Passo di san Pellegrino. So half way :) We appear to
have left both our German and Polish friends behind though. Seen very few
people today – possibly because of the weather which made navigation
tricky. Kinda glad we didn’t bother trying to do the climbers’ route
though – today would not have made for afun trip over the shoulder of the
Marmolada and it’s glacier, and i’d’ve been slightly miffed at carrying an
axe for 10 days not no need it.

Day 4ish

No Comments Written by Tam on 02/09/2010 in AV2.

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had a sweet climb over via ferratas to the col then over via Rif. Pisciadu
to Rif. Boe. Went over a lot of icy patches but mostly cabled so ok.
Decided on a short (1h30) detour over Piz Boe (3152m “the most accessible
3000m+ summit of the Dolomites”) – a bit slippery on the way up but
nothing worse than singing schoolkids on the descent. Then mostly
ran/bounced down the other side and the 600m descent to Passe Pordoi
before climbing another 200m up to Rif Baita Fredarola. Sweet view of the
Marmolada from here :)

Passo Gardena

No Comments Written by Tam on 01/09/2010 in AV2.

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After 1 too many beers with a couple of Polish brothers, we managed an 8am
start up over Forcella della Roa (2617m) whose steep zig-zag path was
snow/ice covered over a very steep slope full of loose scree… mostly
wished for an axe but made it to the top and put on harnesses/VF gear for
a cool scamble/climb along the aided section of ridge. Made it to Rif.
Puez by 1pm so felt obliged to push on and made it down to Passo Gardena
by 4pm (stage 1 complete in 1.5 days from Plose where the route properly

Rif. Genova

No Comments Written by Tam on 31/08/2010 in AV2.

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W00t! It didn’t get better so we ditched Plose at 11:40 anyway and
navigated through the snow, mist and wind down into the sunny valleys and
back up over Forcella di Putia (2357m) to Rif. Genova. Realised
yesterday’s final 200m struggle was probably more down to altitude than
fatigue – 12months living at sea level doesn’t help so much with the
haemaglobin… Not dead yet, and have some more Forst :)
Tomorrow we’re headed for Rif. Puez or Passo Gardena at a push (or a
wildcamp somewhere between)…

Es schneit

No Comments Written by Tam on 31/08/2010 in AV2.

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Woke up this morning to a “light dusting”. The rifugio guardian describes
prospects of reaching Rif. Genova this morning as “no chance” :/ We’re
gonna wait until midday then go (he probably mostly sees kids who are crap
at navigating cos all the trails are so well waymarked, when the markings
aren’t covered). It should only take about 4hrs to get down there…

Rif Plose

No Comments Written by Tam on 30/08/2010 in AV2.

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Argh, Adie made me climb all 1887m up here and it was hard :( we did the
last push from the cable car station in 1hr tho despite being exhausted
and the chiq at the station reckoning on 1.5hrs (possibly cos of the
omelettes and beers she’d just fed us). we also spent all morning slacking
/ shoppping / being hungover so didn’t start til midday – oops.

didn’t get axes – the camp ones were 20 quid more than uk prices despite
this being their home country. the also didn’t have the uber lightweight
camp corsas so we weren’t convinced. day 5 will just have to be the
walkers’ option.

tis cold up here. snow started at ~1980m and the wind is strong and cold.
there’s a swirly weather pattern heading down too and i don’t imagine via
ferratas are fun in the rain, but the forecast is just cloudy for the next
2-3 days so we should be ok.



No Comments Written by Tam on 29/08/2010 in AV2.

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Sunday, Italy, everything’s closed. Wandered round town and there’s a good
few hiking shops so we’ll hit them first thing tomorrow. Somewhat tempted
to get lightweight axes to do the climbers’ variant route across the
glacier ~day 5 from Rif Castiglioni… but we’ll see what they have. Need
to get food and fuel then head up 1886m to Rif Plose where Alta Via 2
technically starts… it’s a 4-5hr hike up so that’s the plan for tomorrow

Beer experience: Forst >> Moretti

landed in venice

No Comments Written by Tam on 28/08/2010 in AV2.

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made it via Amsterdam to Venice finally, landing in the dark at Marco Polo
with an awesome view of the lit up city as we came in. Tomorrow we need to
track down stove fuel and food then head over to Verona then up to
Bressanone to start walking on Monday.

did some playing with our altimeter watches on the plane – pressure drops
to ~800hPa or ~2000m apparent height above sea level at cruising altitude.
they pressurise/depressurise us at ~100m/min. youch.

now for a birra moretti :)