Saturday 3 September - Rifugio Tissi to
Alleghe, then Lago di Braies (by Martin)
AV1 Backpack - Day 7
We left Tissi in good spirits at 8:05 after rising early (my bed was shaped like a bath - very difficult to sleep). Not a fantastic breakfast - this wasn't the best Rifugio despite Geoff raving about it.
On an overcast morning we went down path 563, after thirty minutes passing a 'No Path' sign above a likely looking descent route.
It must have been precipitous, because after another few minutes of scrubby forest trail we suddenly dropped over the edge onto a very steep path. Walking poles and concentration were needed, and there were wired sections as hard as the Nuvolau via ferrata route. It was a little damp and one of the lower wires was very thin.
We had a break - a final brew stop - at Casera Casamatta (1655m) from 9:45 to 10:25, before carrying on down to Masare by 11:35 and Alleghe (11:55).
Nobody was seen today before Casamatta, and after that only one runner / mushroom picker, until we got very low down - not a popular route - very steep, but we did notice a couple who were at Tissi, in Alleghe later.First, a chemist for more Cipro, then beers, then lunch, then outside Tourist Information.
The taxi arrived on time and it took less than 2 hours to get back to Lago di Braies. €170 charged despite having done a deal for €150, but well worth it.
Nice evening at Braies (Hotel Pragser Wildsee) despite no Uno (vetoed by Notchy). An excellent buffet was shared with a big party for Heidi's 70th birthday. Heidi is the owner. There were one or two guided parties eating separately, but this buffet was memorably excellent. However, no sign sadly of Richard's missing waterproof.
Lots of cards done by Martin and Sue. Interesting quirky bath plugs. Nice manager. Rain later. End of a brilliant week's weather.