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Top of the World…Lagazuoi

2 Aug

Day 5: Lagazuoi

Here I am on the Rifugio Lagazuoi porch, 2752 meters above sea level. This is one of the highest and most precariously situated mountain inns in the world. They say on a good day you can see as far as Venice. Well, we didn’t see Venice, but the visibility was very good.

Up early in the morning on Day 5 to pack up and move our gear to our next and final location in Cortina d’Ampezzo. But we had much on our agenda before we arrived. First Marion drove us over Falzareggo Pass to the cable car that would carry us aloft to Lagazuoi. The weather had been bad all week at Lagazuoi and we lucked out with a beautiful morning.

Stopping to take a photograph at Passo Falzareggo.

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At the base of the cable car looking up Lagazuoi. This photo seems foreshortened and doesn’t indicate how high the mountain station is.

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Before we boarded.

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Up we go.

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Here are some of the World War I tunnels.

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Snow!

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The mountain station. Cortina wants the Winter Olympics again in 2019.

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On the porch of the Rifugio looking at Tofana and the cable car station down the hill. Notice the solar panels on the roof.

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This is why I wanted to come to Lagazuoi. The thing that looks like a thumb sticking up on the left is Cinque Torri, another landmark in the Dolomites. To the right and upward are the peaks of Averau and Nuvolau. Behind that the diagonal formation that looks like a sinking Titanic is the Croda di Lago. Our hike for the day was from Cinque Torri to the base of Averau and back.

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7 Responses to “Top of the World…Lagazuoi”

  1. Heyjude August 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    There looks like a huge deposit of scree at the foot of Lagazuoi, I wouldn’t want to walk on that! Were all your hikes on reasonable tracks/trails? Or was there some clambering over rough terrain involved?

    • Rosemarie August 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      The trails in the steeper and rockier places had a good amount of scree on the trail. You had to place your feet carefully and sometimes it was best to walk on the side of the trail in the grass. We never walked on slides of scree like the ones in these photos. Donatella told me that she and her friends when younger would run down the scree digging their heels in.

      • Heyjude August 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

        Ah well it is surprising what we all did when we were younger 🙂 It annoys me sometimes that I am now more cautious where I tread.

  2. Linda Arthur Tejera August 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    It is all so beautiful. I must admit that 5th picture looking down from the cable car to the rocks below gave my tummy a jolt! Who made the WWI tunnels (if you know)? And how on earth….?

    • Rosemarie August 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      There is a tunnel that was constructed in WWI that goes from the top to the bottom of Lagazuoi. People go up and down the stairs in the tunnel still today…with flashlights, of course. The Dolomites were a battleground. In fact, the mountain known as Little Lagazuoi was completely blown up during the war. Somehow being completely enclosed in the cable car overrides my fear of heights. I have to put my complete trust in that metal cable.

  3. Christopher Hanner August 4, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    I had never learned of the Dolomites’ involvement in the war. The WWI tunnels are very intriguing. An enclosed narrow space like that doesn’t seem like good strategy if the enemy were to learn where the other end of the tunnel was. Of course, interesting as they are, there is no way that this guy would ever enter one…claustrophobia would overtake me!

    • Rosemarie August 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Chris, I would have to read up on it again. But the mountain was controlled by one side only, and it was their mountaineering that kept it in their control. I don’t know if you saw the comments on this post, but the mountain Little Lagazuoi was completely blown up during the war, completely changing the landscape.

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