Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Sunday, 28 June 2009

The Ascent of Mt Ciampani - (Part 3)

The snow soon gave way to sumptuous flower meadows past rock bands similar to those on which we had earlier watched chamois scampering up and down impossible looking cliffs.

Collett's staff - Rushy and Eddie - were with us today, testing this walk as an organised one for guests. They were both good company. They are fairly hard worked at present due to staff illness and injury, and Rushy has the recent trauma of the consequences of a guest tripping up on an exposed path to get over.

A path junction led to steeper ground beyond which a rifugio appeared. Utia Gherdenacia. It didn't look open. (The only people we had seen all day were a small group of backpackers, so customers would be sparse.) But our arrival coincided with that of some stock of cold drinks, in preparation for opening for the summer in the next few days. So they sold us some.

It was warm and sunny now, and our merry band loitered whilst Sue and I posed for the above photo, by one of the frequently encountered signposts hereabouts, with the dramatic wall of the Fanes (across which passes a fine traverse - on the ascent of Monte Cavallo) behind us.

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