Clearing skies on the Dolomite trek
Sun, showers, Italian food, and a comfy bed- what more can you ask for?
Day 4 – 5: Our adventurous efforts to stay on our scheduled huts despite some changes to trail plans paid off. At the end of the weekend the skies cleared and we we woke up to sunrise colors bathing the famed Tre Cime peaks. No idea what we’ll do with the dozens of photos taken through the morning.
From here, we completed the loop back down to our starting point at Lake Misurina after a dashing hike down through the pine forests slashing the predicted trail times I half. A happy team to be moving with ease on dry Dolomite rock again.
The night was spent relaxing in the heart of the valley at the picturesque town of Cortina. Showers and clothing swaps for all now that we reunited again with our suitcases and a 3 or 4 or was that 5 course dinner of local speck, bolognese, welcome salads and pizzas had our table stacked higher with dishes than I think I’ve ever experienced on a mountain trip; we were officially replenished!
Day 5 was a welcome casual start where we set off to hike the loop around the cinque torri range. Here wjth the sun shining we zigzagged up wildflower-covered hillsides and watched climbers battle sunny rock cracks before a bustling lunch at the ski refuge-bar at Refugio Averau. The afternoon saw us break away once again from the crowds and climb up valley to the highlight of our trip, Refugio Lagazuoi.
With some trail modifications due to summer rock fall, here John’s d Lisa zipped up the Passo Falzarego cable car passing the windows and tunnels of the Italian-Austrian front of World War One.
Sandra, Todd, and I took the airy traverse the mine blown scree and up the famed zig zags to one of the most spectacular view points of all of the Dolomites- just out the front doors of the Lagazuoi hut.