Camp near Passo Rodella (note that I've had difficulty in placing the images correctly with regard to the text in this posting - Ed)
Sunday 16 July (Diarist: John)
7:00 reveille for a 8:35 start! Sunny. Down from campsite to road, then on to path up to Peitlerscharte (2361 metres) (aka Forcella della Putia). Stop for a brew.
Follow the paint SW along route 3 to Kreuzkofeljoch, plus a detour to Rifugio Genova. Up along route 3 (one route finding error) along the top of Medalges Alpe for lunch on some steepish grass at about 12:30.
Set off at about 13:15. Hard work ahead. No surface water except for a small spring. Gain height gently to arrive at the bottom of Forcella della Roa.
Zigzags up scree. Some late, slushy, gritty snow. Reach the top of the Forcella at 14:30.
Hang around for 30 minutes for Laurie and Martin W. Then down on the other side of pass along route 3 to pick up AV2 in a rocky corrie.
Follow route through boulders and scree to more zigzags leading to the top of Forcella Forces de Sielles (2512 metres). We are at the top of the pass, but Laurie and Martin are still at the bottom.
Set off NE then E, first along a ridge with fixed ropes (and a 4-year old with his parents), then above scree, then over cliffs and down to the pastures of Puez Alp. Very green grass, damp soil, but no surface water. To make things worse, we can hear running water higher up. Continue, and come across a stream, which determines where we are to pitch our tents.
Descend from path to find a fairly level pitch near the edge of the alp. Also, a convenient stream. 17:00.
Laurie and Martin decide to forgo a visit to Rifugio Puez and arrive at 18:00. Campsite is at over 2400 metres. Hope a) no high winds, b) no storms.
Here's our route - 16 km, with 1300 metres of ascent.