Sunday 14 August - A Settsass Circuit (by Sue)
Very low cloud remained as we surfaced soon after 7 am. Camp was struck, with wet tents, and we left the site around 8:30. Corvara was the first stop, to look around the village (not a great deal there besides several hotels, a few shops, and a new amphitheatre around a well constructed stage), and to shop for lunch and dinner.
This gave the
cloud a chance to lift and made our intended walk more inviting. The walk (number
There were views down to lower villages, but no distant views due to cloud. At a grassy basin where the sound of cowbells was prominent, a brief stop in sunshine for snacks, before a climb.
As the 2571 metre summit of Setsas was in cloud, a decision was made to continue to the Pralongia refuge (a deviation from Gillian's route), then retracing to continue the circuit. This dog-leg followed another undulating but this time grassy path, above green pastures dotted with wooden huts. We lunched on a bank, where the bilberries had to be picked before sitting down!
Soon afterwards, we visited Rifugio Pralongia, which served good hot chocolate inside and offered an excursion to a small metal cross outside.
Rain started but was never particularly heavy. The lower path option was chosen as it was easier, although slightly longer. No view for a little way, as we were in cloud. We finished at around 5 pm and had just removed our gear and got in the car when there was a heavy shower!
The rain wasn't over, as we had to contend with a torrential downpour whilst pitching the tents at Camping Dolomiti in Cortina. It continued raining whilst the three of us had dinner of pasta and yoghurts inside a steamy tent, preceded by beer and pringles. Finally, the rain stopped and the hills were crystal clear in the fading light. Bed just after 9 pm. The fires we had seen (similar to 5 November) were burnt and Julia heard fireworks.