...is the feeling in the largest parts of the Dolomites during alpine climbing. If you find some well-equipped crags, so are the bolts rare and route finding hard in the multi-pitch routes. The feeling of trad climbing comes up and you climb partly terrifying distances without protection - as long as you feel good and comfortable with it.
If the weather is overcast or even foggy, and the temperatures are low, the respect for the climbing grows and the good feeling will disappear faster than one would like. We had several beautiful climbing days – but as well such misty days ! At Passo Sella in the crag "Stone Town", where we had some projects and later at Passo Valparola, where we climbed some beautiful alpine routes - if the weather wasn't too bad.
Unfortunately, the forecast predicted too often rain, which sometimes came and sometimes not, but it was reason enough for us not to start on such days for long climbs. As we don't like sitting around and waiting for good weather conditions, we went walking through dreamlike forests and on exciting mountain paths. Often we passed by on relics of World War I - which, as they were surrounded with beautiful nature, appeared to be totally surreal for us!!! After about 10 days on the Passo Valparola, where you can stay very nice with a camper, we got along well with Helen and Ben, who are on a six-month tour through Europe. We had the one and other chat, helped each other and had some beers together. Very Welcome – coming back after long tours felt like coming home!
As far as - on we go !