Ortisei

On August 10, 2015

Siera and I drove to Ortisei in our Fiat 500c convertible. The day in Ortisei was supposed to be a “warm-up” hike before we started staying in the huts. We drove up to Passo Sella and started a hike that seemed easy at the start. Then we started climbing nearly to the summit of Sasso Piatto as the clouds started to roll in. There were countless switchbacks up a steep, loose rock gully and a few false summits to keep up our spirits. Luckily we brought our gear for the “via ferratas” (translated as “iron roads” which mean permanently mounted cables to help hikers up/down steep and exposed sections). We went down and ran into many people coming up. As we finished walking to Rifugio Vicenza where we had lunch, the rain started pouring down. We had one last pass up to Rifugio Toni Demetz in the pouring rain after lunch and as we neared the top the rain stopped. We decided to take the small, two person lift down to Passo Sella since my back started failing.

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