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Re: Mont Blanc & Dolomites - Any tips or suggestions?

Postby OtrekkerZ » Wed 09 Nov, 2011 10:37 pm

Thanks rw,
Great advice & even better pics - truly spectacular. I can't wait, only 216 big sleeps to go! Cheers Oz
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Re: Mont Blanc & Dolomites - Any tips or info? (PICS)

Postby rwfox » Sat 14 Jan, 2012 9:35 am

Hi Otrekker

After a bit of reading I have decided to walk the Alta AV1 trail in the Dolomites this July (2012). I bought the Cicerone Press guide. The walk is about 120 klm over 12 days. It only has two sections of grade 3 at least one can be bypassed.
I have also come across this free guide (Atra AV1) that you can download. It might be usefuil to anybody intrested in the Dolimites. :D

http://www.infodolomiti.it/Allegati/AV_1_ing_2Mb.pdf

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Postby Miyata610 » Sat 14 Jan, 2012 4:48 pm

I've spent a little time in the region... I particularly liked the Miramonti Hotel in Cortina... lovely town, great food, friendly people. Only been in winter.

I'm jealous... sounds like a great trip planned.
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Postby rwfox » Tue 02 Apr, 2013 2:15 pm

I thought I should share a few pictures of the walk we undertook last year (2012) on AV1 through the Italian Dolomite's.
Many of the Refugio are owned by the Italian Alpine Club and I booked them and the private huts on line before we left Australia.
I used Google translate and sent my requests in both English and Italian and it worked very well.
The weather was a bit warmer than the Tour of Mt Blanc and also quite a bit rocky.
I highly recommend this walk.

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AV1- Day3 Passo Tadega (2143m) you can just see Rifugio Lagazuoi (2752m).
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AV1- Day4 View from Rifugio Lagazuoi
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AV1- Day4 Cinque Torri popular climbing spot.
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AV1- Day5 View looking back toward Rifugio Lagazuoi.
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AV1- Day7 Lago Coldai looking toward Rifugio Tissi on last green slope.
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Postby roysta » Tue 09 Apr, 2013 7:01 pm

rwfox wrote:I thought I should share a few pictures of the walk we undertook last year (2012) on AV1 through the Italian Dolomite's.


rwfox, thanks for sharing those photos.
I'll be staying in Selva in mid to late August before heading to Mont Blanc.
So looking forward to those via ferratas before moving to the bigger stuff.
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Postby Strider » Tue 09 Apr, 2013 7:15 pm

Puts Tassie's "mountains" to shame doesn't it. Amazing scenery!
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Postby Onestepmore » Tue 09 Apr, 2013 9:40 pm

OMG here am I organising a South American Patagonia walk with hubby for next Jan, and I will be in France in Oct with a friend grape picking/vintage for a month of mid life crisis. I really need to sort out a walk there, and these pics have inspired me!! Thanks so much
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Re: Mont Blanc & Dolomites - Any tips or info? (PICS)

Postby rwfox » Wed 08 May, 2013 5:11 pm

Hi roysta

If you own your via ferrata gear you need to check out the warnings. There has just been a second recall on via ferrata gear in Europe, that's two in the last six months. You will need to goggle your model etc to check out the recalled models.
Have good holiday :)

rwfox, thanks for sharing those photos.
I'll be staying in Selva in mid to late August before heading to Mont Blanc.
So looking forward to those via ferratas before moving to the bigger stuff.
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Postby roysta » Thu 09 May, 2013 5:15 pm

rwfox wrote:If you own your via ferrata gear you need to check out the warnings. There has just been a second recall on via ferrata gear in Europe, that's two in the last six months.


Thanks mate, I was aware of the recalls. http://theuiaa.org/upload_area/files/1/ ... _final.pdf
I have the Black Diamond Easy Rider.

This is what the BD website says ........
Via ferrata sets from several companies have recently been involved in a series of recalls due to safety concerns.
Both of Black Diamond Equipment’s via ferrata sets Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser:
• are not included in any recalls.
• meet all CE & UIAA requirements for via ferrata.
• may continue to be used with confidence.
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Postby Hallu » Thu 09 May, 2013 5:35 pm

Onestepmore wrote:OMG here am I organising a South American Patagonia walk with hubby for next Jan, and I will be in France in Oct with a friend grape picking/vintage for a month of mid life crisis. I really need to sort out a walk there, and these pics have inspired me!! Thanks so much
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Where will you be staying ? Usually vineyards are never far away from great walking countryside and mountains (except Bordeaux maybe, which is 3 hours from the Pyrénées and the Massif Central), including some that are highly underestimated and ignored by tourists (the Cévennes for example).
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Postby roysta » Sun 12 May, 2013 6:02 pm

Just make sure on that Patagonia trip that you get to Mendoza, Argentina.
If you like wine, you will LOVE this place.
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