Km 2628 to km 2800, Sexton (Italy) to Landshuter Europa-hütte (Italy/Austria).
06/07/2022 – 34km
I was running low on audio content so I found a café so as to have WiFi.
The main event today was a climb up to the Drei Zinnen hut. These are probably the most iconic dolomite peaks. Not surprisingly it was a very popular area. I could see queues of people for one of the via ferratas there very reminiscent of those photos of Everest that you see.
Tonight I’m in a private hut (and treating myself to half board) as I’m in a busy protected nature area and didn’t feel like chancing it with camping.
07/07/2022 – 40km
The hut breakfast wasn’t available until 7am, so that gave me a good opportunity to have a lie in. I think I slept for over 9 hours.
I had a nice quiet morning up high on the trail before dropping down to a the very busy resort of Lago di Braies. The Alps can be funny like that, you can go hours without seeing people, then suddenly reach a popular spot and there’ll be hundreds (no exaggeration) of people.
For a good section of my day I was on some kind of cycle path and the going was very fast, hence covering an okay distance despite the late start.
08/07/2022 – 43km
Last night was very cold. I slept in my thick socks, leggings and my down jacket (in addition to my sleeping bag and liner). I knew I’d been carrying them all this way for some reason.
The morning was also very frigid, but once I got out of the wind and the sun was on me it went back to feeling like summer.
There were some incredible stairs on the climb up to Rieserfernerhütte.
09/07/2022 – 48km
I bit off a little more than I could chew when I set myself the goal of reaching a hut 48km away. But chew I did, and as you can see from today’s distance, I made it.
On the one hand I’m proud of the athletic achievement, on the other I think I pushed myself too hard. I was in high gear pretty much all day and it was both mentally and physically draining.
The path took me over a glacier which was really cool (apologies for the pun).