Trip Reports: Via Ferrate In The Dolomites, Italy - June/July 2004

In June and July I met my buddy Kevin and his brother Kyle in Venice, Italy and we headed into the Dolomites for three weeks of hiking and climbing the famous via ferrate routes through these incredible mountains. Via ferrata means "iron way", and these routes have fixed cables that climbers can clip into for safety. This makes it possible for hikers and novice climbers to safely climb large, steep routes that normally would only be the domain of experienced climbers. The via ferrate have a fascinating history; they were initially installed by Italian and Austrian troops who fought a ferocious battle against each other in the Dolomites during the First World War. Tunnels, bunkers, and other relics of the war are found throughout the peaks of this region.

Dolomites, Europe, Italy, Averau, hiking
Dolomites, Italy
climbing, Col Rosa, via ferrata, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
climbing, Col Rosa, via ferrata, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
wildflowers, Sorapis, Lago Misurina, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
wildflowers, Cristallo, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Dolomites, Europe, Italy, Cortina d' Ampezzo
Dolomites, Italy
Fiámes, via ferrata, Dolomites, Italy, Cortina, climbing
Dolomites, Italy
Fiámes, via ferrata, Dolomites, Italy, Cortina, climbing
Dolomites, Italy
Corvara, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Val di Mesdi, Sella group, Sassongher, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Val de Mesdi, Sella group, Corvara, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Sassongher, Corvara, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Sassongher, wildflowers, Corvara, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Torre Vajolet, alpine hut, Canazei, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Catinaccio, wildflowers, Canazei, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Europe, Italy, Rosengarten
Dolomites, Italy
jagged peaks, Torri Vajolet, Catinaccio group, Canazei, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cima della Madonna, San Martino di Castrozza, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cavallazza, San Martino di Castrozza, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cimon della Pala, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Baita Segantini, reflection, San Martino, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cima Val di Roda, rugged mountain peaks, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Cima Rosetta, sunset alpenglow, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
via ferrata, Brenta, Madonna di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
Brenta group, via ferrata, climbing, Madonna di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy
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