Hiking in the Dolomites

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  1. Crafter

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    Hello, as a follow up to MAXPAX's thread:

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63811

    as promised I am posting some pictures and links that may be of further interest.

    The area in question here is the Dolomites, a group off mountains within the Eastern Alpine arch. From here: 46 32' 15" N 12 09' 18" E , the village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, you can take off in the morning and do several day or multi-day hikes and treks. The scenery may be familiar, as it was the location for the shooting of the film CLIFFHANGER, with Sylvester Stallone.

    There area is crisscrossed by several trails and mountain routes. Most of them were established during WW1, where the Austrian Kaiserjager and the Italian Alpini were engaged in mountain warfare at the time.

    The Dolomites are famous for "Via Ferrata", whereby one can climb and scramble over steep mountains secured by a fixed steel cable. Many of the most spectacular "Ferrate" are simply the trails that the troops used to climb and establish their posts on top of mountains.

    My family is originally from North East Italy, so here are some pictures of the kids visiting "the old country" with dad.


    for the history buffs: I will put the coordinates and the names of the places throughout this thread: there are a lot more interesting pictures on google earth regarding the area and also WW1.



    A marker from 1753, delineating the border of the then "Republic of Venice" (Not yet part of Italy), to the north, at: 46 36' 45" N 12 13' 33" E

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    Monte Piana, at 46 36' N 12 14' 49" E, trenches.
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    Still on monte piana, volunteers collecting and exhibiting objects from ww1 found in the area:

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    Now getting ready for a hike: it's a good Idea to keep your kids on a leash around here! :)

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    A "Via Ferrata": son of crafter scrambling & tethered to a steel cable

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    We meet a "High altitude nun" ! Happily strolling along at 10,000 feet. Note the difference in equipment: us vs her. She must know something we don't!
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    More scenery at 10,000 feet overlooking the cortina valley.
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    Some scenery looking north from 46 29' 40" N 12 3' 6" E, looking across the valley that was the WW1 front.
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    This is the view from the other side of the valley, from Mount Lagazuoi:
    46 31' 40" N 12 00' 33" E
    The trail, midway down the mountain, marks the position of the Italian trenches during WW1, the Austrian troops held the top of the mountain.
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    So the Italian troops excavated a gallery INSIDE the mountain, to get all the way to the top and place a huge bomb, which they exploded. Here we are inside the gallery.
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    On top of the mountain
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    Here are some links to historical documents regarding WW1 in the area

    Il Fronte Dolomitico - YouTube
    La Grande Guerra 1915-1918:In alta quota (documentario) - YouTube
    Grande Guerra - La marmolada - YouTube



    I found some videos in English about the "Vie Ferrate" in the area

    Via Ferrata in the Dolomites - YouTube
    Brenta Dolomites via ferrata via delle Bochette.WMV - YouTube
    The ferrata on the Lagazuoi, with an explanation of the gallery.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=FY0cbtMK1Xs&feature=fvwp





    Thanks for watching.
     
  2. Dman62

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    Wow! That is beautiful. Can't imagine waging war in those mountains.
     
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    Awesome beauty..thanks for the share
     
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    Very cool. At 10,000 feet I'm surprised there isn't more snow.
     
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    Great pics man, thanks!
     
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    Beautiful mountains. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Wow! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Beautiful.
     
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    Breathtaking pics! Thanks!
     
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    That's a very neat trip man. That scenery is awesome and the history you get to see is very interesting. The WWI remains were cool and passing that nun would be pretty funny. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very cool! Looks like it was one great trip. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing. Totally awesome-no other words to describe it!
     
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    Hi Justin, yes, you are right: it was a couple of dry years and in the middle of the summer, weather conditions in the region are notoriously variable.
    that picture was taken at
    46 33' 05" N
    12 03' 57" E
     
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    Oh, I had no idea these pictures were taken in the summer! I figured they were taken recently.
     
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    Surreal! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed that immensely!
     
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    incredible! beautiful and haunting!
    amazing what human beings are capable of achieving under very difficult conditions!
    thanks crafter!...woods
     
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    ive still got butterflies from watching that ol timer in the last video...wow!...woods
     
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    Thanks Crafter! Very nice pics!
     

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