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Dolomites Hike 1

In the Brenta you can easy walk from hut to hut along spectacular routes: the Vie Ferrate. 

The Brenta in the western Dolomites is a classical mountain massif for Vie Ferrate, marked routes on steep walls that are protected by cables of steel and scales. The area is part of the natural Park Adamello - Brenta. There may be some snow, so it is wise to take a pickel with you.
After a walk in the Adamello (with nice views on the Brenta) we took a rest at Madonna di Campiglio and went for a tour in the Brenta. In the central part are a lot of beautiful huts, often not so far from each other (2 - 4 hours). Via the Rifugio Vallesinella a route goes to the famousTuckett Hut (19th century). Because of the clouds we took the Sentiero Orsi to the Rifugio Pedrotti, and not the higher route of the Cima Brenta.
>The next part was the Sentiero Brochette Centrale, with magnificent views and steep passages near vertical walls (with cables and ladders). The Rifugio Alimonta is situated on a plateau with good views.
The last route is the Sentiero Detassis and Sentiero Sosat, back to the Tuckett hut. On a sharp snow crest we used a rope for (psychological) safety. Then we trained for firemen: many climbs along high ladders.
We made the last day a 250 m wall-climbing to the Catelletto Inferieur. Technical not difficult (third degree) but not easy to find the correct route in the wall, and the many little stones are a real danger. The decent was at the backside, beginning with 'abseilen'.

Practical route information
By train and bus to Madonna di Campiglio. Route: Rifugio Vallesinella > Rifugio Casinei > Tuckett hut > Laghetto > Rifugio Pedrotti > Bocca di Brenta > Bocca di Almi > Rifugio Alimonti > Bocca dei Masodi > Tuckett hut > Rifugio Casinei > Rifugio Vallesinella > Pinzolo.
Hiking days: 5, distance 27 km, average height 2.150 m.


Copyright 1998/01 Jaap van der Veen

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