Sunday, 8 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 6 - A Gardena/Ciampei Circuit
We assembled at the bus stop in town. Not sure why, as we weren't catching a bus. It was a popular event. 32 clients of Collett's assembled with a view to accompanying Jess on a circular walk from Corvara to the Gardena Pass and back. Luckily she'd had the foresight to engage Sandy as her assistant.
We were soon on our way up a pleasant track up to the pass, the constant noise from the road providing only a minor distraction - most of the noise was coming from pensioners on modern motor bikes and a miscellany of folk in vintage sports cars.
We enjoyed good views of a string of folk climbing up the Tridentina via ferrata, before curving away past meadows of fragrant orchids, false white helleborine, wintergreens and alpine clematis, and up to the fleshpots of the pass. Caffè macchiata all round (nearly).
Sue and I then left the other 30 (less anyone who had already inadvertently gone missing) to amble back down to Corvara. We headed up to Jimmy's hut and then up the Alta Via 2 route through an area of limestone pinnacles and over a couple of high cols. Some rather ominous clouds evaporated as we progressed across the plateau.
After the Ciampei pass we left AV2 and descended briskly in bright sunshine towards Colfosco before taking the excellent path 4a directly to Corvara. After seeing a good number of people up to this point, the only person we met on 4a was our host, Petra, out for an hour of good exercise.
Football, food and drink filled the evening, with, for the second evening running, nearly twenty people in our dining area at Hotel Gran Fans.
Yesterday: 9km, 200 metres ascent
Today: 18km, 1300 metres ascent, 7.5 hours
On the path to the Gardena Pass
False White Helleborine
Looking down to Gardena from above Jimmy's hut
On the plateau
The view back towards Corvara, with Sassongher on the left