Friday, 13 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 11 - The Porta Vescovo Ridge
Our last day in the Dolomites, and a walk we always enjoy.
Sue and I took a half hour drive behind three coaches full of school children, to Passo Pordoi. The walk along the Porta Vescovo ridge is familiar to us. We soon left the main thoroughfare that was strewn with Globeflowers and headed over the knobbly ridge. Sue found some (fewer than usual) King of the Alps flowers on the summit; I later spotted a few lower down after I failed to reach the summit as, together with a Swedish family, I didn't fancy the scramble to the top.
Descending to the lower path, we joined the walkers and riders on our walk almost as far as the Gorza rifugio, where the schoolchildren had broken into song.
Lunch over, we headed back to Passo Pordoi along the easy lower path, past swathes of Marsh Orchids, calling in at Rifugio Viel dal Pan for some refreshing cokes along the way.
Cloud cleared from all the mountains, leaving us with panoramic mountain views including Marmolada and Piz Boë.
An easy drive back (by 4.15) left us with plenty of time to enjoy our last evening with a number of folk whose company we have enjoyed during the course of the week.
Today: 13km, 900 metres ascent.
Piz Boë from the start of our walk
Marmolada with Martin
The view from Rif Viel dal Pan to Lago di Fedoia
Globeflowers and the Sassolungo massif
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