This is the second part of my attempt to quickly catch up on what we did in the last 2 months. Just across the border in Italy there is a region called Süd Tirol (South Tyrol). It used to be part of Austria and they still speak a lot of German there. However, the big attraction is the mountains, an extension of the Alps called the Dolomites.
The rock formations are very unique and, for me, rival Yosemite or the Torres del Pine. It’s become one of our new favorite spots, especially because it’s so accessible, just a 2 hour drive from home.
Last year we visited the area for a couple of quick hikes and couldn’t wait to get back there this year to explore the region more. On my last trip to London I managed to find an English version of a book called “Short Walks in the Dolomites”. Equipped with this, a map, and our backpacks we took off into the mountains. There might be something missing in the translation because 9 hours and 1300m of elevation later we finally made it back to the start. I would hate to see one of the “long” walks.
The hike may have taken all day, but I can’t think of a better way to spend the time. If the beautiful views weren’t enough, the hardy food at the huts along the way might alone be worth it.
Here’s the first of the 3 huts we stopped at:
And another view along the way: