The Dolomites – September 2016

Some of you may have heard of this place, The Dolomites.  It is a mountain range in the North-East of Italy and it spans 16 000 square kilometres.  Yes it is massive!  And to think this was my first time visiting.  We drove in the dark so I did not really know what I was in for when we arrived.  I love to hike, but this is by far the biggest one yet.  A 2 day 2000 + meter elevation trip.  I know, hikers do this all the time, and now I understand why.  This place is magical.  It is uninhabited.  Full of rock formations and angles and colours, it is unlike any other place I have ever seen.  When you hike here, it feels as if you are in another world.  Somewhere only the birds can reach and the clouds can grace.  We spend our first night in a small hotel in Selva, in the Gardena Valley in Province of Bolzano.  From there we hiked approximately 8 hours along the route 17A and route 2 through the Puez National Park to the Refrugio Puez, where we ate and spent the night.  The next day we awoke early to perfectly clear skies and hiked route 2 back to Selva approximately 5 hours.  It was a long weekend, we hiked about 30 kilometres in total.  And I was super sore for a week, but man was it worth it.  I am so happy that my body allows me to explore the way I do. Warning, 100 + insane mountain images are to follow. Until next time …

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