Monday, October 31, 2016

Dolomites - Day 10: Sassongher Peak

The town of Corvara is dominated by the backdrop of Sassongher peak, and the mountain had made an impression on us the day that we arrived.  We soon realized that there was quite a straightforward path to the summit with an easy via ferrata on the way.

Sassongher peak

We took took the bus up the valley once again, and disembarked at the village of Colfosco.  From there we walked a short distance to a chairlift to take us up to Col Pradat.

Village of Colfosco

Firewood for the winter

After checking out the refugio for later in the day we embarked on our hike which took us up steep terrain above some very impressive limestone cliffs.  The trail was airy and sustained, but not too technical and soon we were at the start of the via ferrata. This turned out to be very easy and we ascended using the wire as a  handrail (we did not feel any need to clip in or use our helmets).

Some airy views

On the way up

Looking back down the path

We arrived at the summit just in time for elevenses, and enjoyed the view of the town and the surrounding peaks.  The trip back down followed the same path, and we were back at the refugio for beer and ice cream by 1.30pm.

On the summit

The path back to the valley


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