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Day 6: Tre Cime di Lavaredo

25 Apr

Day 6: Tre Cime di Lavaredo

As we travel from west to east in our hike, the last part of our hike brings us into the most famous and well-traveled area of the Dolomites. This formation, also known as Drei Zinnen auf Deutsch, is probably the most popular destination for several reasons. First , it is unique because these spires are singles. They stand alone in an area separate from other peaks. They are very accessible by vehicle with even a large parking lot nearby. They are a draw for hardy mountaineers who want to tackle climbing their sheer faces, and since they are so accessible we less adventurous folk can watch their maneuvers up close.

Here is a video of experienced mountain climbers traversing the face of one of the towers. You would never find me attempting this.
Tre Cime used to form the boundary between Austria and Italy, but after the First World War the border was pushed northward. Now these towers separate two Italian states, Belluno and South Tyrol. Heavy fighting occurred here during World War I, and the remains of encampments, tools and barbed wire are scattered throughout the area.

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10 Responses to “Day 6: Tre Cime di Lavaredo”

  1. dadirri7 April 25, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    your preparation seems very thorough … we should be doing the same for our Kimberley trip which is less than a month away now!

    • Rosemarie April 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      I haven’t been to Europe in 40 years. I want to savor every minute.

  2. hitandrun1964 April 25, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I feel as if you are already there. Just incredible photographs. The raw beauty of the Dolomites is incredible. Love the pictures. Looking forward to seeing your personal photos when you return from your trip.

    • Rosemarie April 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      I am going to try my darndest to post some while I am there.

    • Rosemarie April 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      I’ll try my darnedest to post some while I am there.

  3. viveka April 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Amazing video …. Thinking about the guy that holds the camera.
    Never heard about this before … and I live in Europe, how ignorant is that.
    Stunning photos …

    • Rosemarie April 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      The rushing wind in the video makes me nervous for the climbers.

      • viveka April 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

        Yes, I could see and hear .. the wind, but mostly the clicking from the camera.

  4. Linda Arthur Tejera April 26, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    Amazing pictures. I tried watching the video but when I couldn’t see him tied to anything I couldn’t keep watching!

    • Rosemarie April 26, 2013 at 3:16 am #

      Yeah, it does the same thing to me. My stomach falls out.

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