Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Last week I was out in The Italian Dolomites for a week of walking with George. We were based in the bustling little village of Selva, in the Val Gardena which lies in the western end of the Dolomites. Well when I say bustling it was actually very quiet as the 'summer' in this part of the Alps doesn't really start until 18th June. There was no bus service and virtually all the gondola/cable car uplifts were not in operation. So in fine Scottish tradition we hoofed it up onto the mountains from valley level to summits every day. Despite not being 'summer' we had fantastic weather, mostly sunshine and as the week went on the temperatures rose to the mid 20 centigrade. The Dolomites are an area of amazing rock pinnacles consisting of various forms of limestone. The flowers down in the meadows and higher alp's were glorious too. We did plan to do a few 'Vie Ferrata' but because of lack of transport that didn't happen, but a wonderful time just walking the hills is just as spectacular.