Four and a Half Towers

5 Aug

Four and a Half Towers Cinque Torri…Five Towers. This is one of the best known landmarks of the Dolomites, except that something has changed. One of the towers fell, so really this is now 4 1/2 Towers instead of five. I don’t think they will change the name though.

As we descended in the cable car from Lagazuoi we could see Cinque Torri emerging from the ridge on the other side of the valley.


A chair lift carried us from the parking lot up to the base of the towers. They were on our left and Averau (pictured below) was up the ridge to our right.


So we began our upward climb from Cinque Torri to the Rifugio Averau. The next photos will show Cinque Torri becoming smaller as we make our climb.


But first a couple of tourist shots of me and our guide Marion Posch, the gold medal snowboarding Olympian.

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Looking back across the valley at Tofana, another landmark mountain.

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A helicopter landing site.


And looking back on Lagazuoi. You can see the rifugio and cable car station at the top.


The serious work of trekking begins. Up, up, up. We are walking on scree, loose rock. The diagonal ridge to the left is Nuvolau, and you can see Rifugio Averau on the little outcrop in the dip.

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This was bleak terrain.

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And the trail was steep.

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We finally neared Rifugio Averau.


Victory is sweet!



9 Responses to “Four and a Half Towers”

  1. Reggie August 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Oh my! That looks like a serious climb, Rosemarie! Well done!! I think I’d be quite out of breath by now. Did you have to come *down* all that slippery scree too?

    PS. That looks like a German Shepherd dog next to you – was he part of your group?

    • Rosemarie August 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      What goes up must come down. Yes, we came down on the slippery scree too. The German Shepherd lived at the Rifugio, I think. People take their dogs with them everywhere.

      • Reggie August 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

        I always find that slippery scree is tough on the knees and thigh muscles, because you’re constantly putting on the brakes to stop slipping.

        Lovely to hear that about the dogs. 🙂

  2. hitandrun1964 August 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    More great photographs. A beautiful spot for sure.

    • Rosemarie August 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Thank you. Each place we hiked seemed more spectacular than the last. And actually quite different.

  3. Heyjude August 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Now that is the sort of trail I don’t walk on. Good for you for completing it! I love the photo of the ‘bleak terrain’ with the dirty snow/ice in the foreground and the tiny figures in the background. I think I’d be too terrified about falling down to take any shots!
    Jude xx

    • Rosemarie August 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      That photo does capture the essence.

  4. elizz August 6, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    what an adventure.. it’s sad that one of the towers fell.. but even then the photos are really wonderful.

    • Rosemarie August 6, 2013 at 3:08 am #

      Thanks so much. A great adventure.

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