Friday, October 21, 2016

Dolomites - Day 8: Piz da Lech & Refugio Vallon

We awoke to another bright and sunny day, and headed out early to meet up with our guide.  This was our last day with Michele and we were planning to go up to the summit of Piz da Lech.  This was a peak that we had seen on our rest day from our hike with Damon and Jayne.

After meeting in town, we took the Piz Boe cable car and the Vallon chair lift up to get on the route early.  From the top of the chair lift it was a short (~15 minute) to the bottom of the via ferrata.  

The route starts up a small rib and then moves onto more exposed terrain, finishing up another set of iron ladders on a vertical wall. 

The via ferrrata climbs up the rock in the center of this photo.  If you look carefully you can see people at the bottom and just below the skyline.

In this picture it is possible to see people on the ladders on the final section (this picture was taken from the path on the way down).

Sheri enjoying the route up.

After reaching the top of the via ferrata it is possible (and usual) to hike for about 20 minutes to reach the summit of Piz da Lech to enjoy the 360-degree views.  There is a small cross and a cairn to mark the summit.

From the summit there is a moderate hike back to the bottom of the route, and a short section of via ferrata to climb down.


We had made good time so we headed across to the nearest refugio for a light lunch.  The clouds rolled in as we were eating lunch and we felt a few drops of rain, but the clouds soon blew over.

After lunch we headed back to Corvara on the cable car and were back at our B&B in plenty of time for tea and ice cream.

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