Saturday, 22 October 2011


Just back from a week in the beautiful Dolomites, Northern Italy. We based ourselves in the delightful village of San Candido/Inchinnen  which is at the eastern end of the Val Pustertal. The mountains we explored are in the Sesto/Sexten range and the area is probably most famous for the striking Tre Cima/Drei Zinnen, in English 'The three peaks' I guess. This region of The Dolomites has two languages, Italian and Germanic. We were blessed with superb weather, clear skies for much of the time and once the sun got up it was warm and summer like. The views were superb in the very clear air, a great time to go to The Alps. We saw hardly anyone out on the mountains and indeed we seemed like the only tourists in the village! It's unfortunate that virtually all the huts are closed by the end of September but that doesn't mean the mountains aren't accessible. With a good bus service up most of the major valleys you can get into some great mountain walking and via ferrata areas. This was my second visit to The Dolomites this year and I'll be sure to be back again, wonderful place.
 Meanwhile back at home it's been a bit wet and windy, a shock to the system! Brian was out working for me today on Ben Nevis with the Simmonds family. Unfortunately they had a bit of a soaking and strong winds on the top. 

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