A beautiful day walking in the Dolomites (Tell Us Your Story)
Clive sent in this story of a glorious day walking in the Dolomites and the difficulty of choosing between beer, ice cream, coffee or cake.
We left our chalet in Corvara at 9.00am with the temperature already in the low twenties. The pace was slow as we set off up the wooded mountain side, but at least we were afforded a certain amount of shade as we climbed over 400m (path 4a) before the path levelled off and we were rewarded with stunning views of the Sella Group which dominates the skyline for miles around.
We reached Forc de Ciampei Somarfurcia after 4km of steady walking. This would be the highest point on our walk at 2366 m and it was a spectacular meeting point of four paths at the head of two steep valleys.
The views to the Sella Group were fantastic and we could see the snow glistening on the north face of Marmolada (3343m) - highest point in the Dolomites as well as the huge rock face of Civetta beyond. After refreshments we continued for several kilometres on a plateau of typical limestone soaking up the scenery and taking a break by a stream enjoying the reflection of the mountains in a small lake near Forc Cier Danfer les Pizes (path 2).
The route ahead was clear as we scrambled through a moonscape of jagged rock before descending to the refugio at the Gardener Pass. Decision time - Beer, Ice Cream, Coffee or Cake? A long slow descent down path (no 8) took us through alpine meadow and forest back to our base in the valley, tired but with memories of a great day in the mountains.