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Photo Gallery: Trekking the Alta Via 2 Through Italy’s Dolomite Mountains

Posted On March 20, 2017 at 6:43 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Trekking the Alta Via 2 Through Italy’s Dolomite Mountains

By Michael Lanza

Hiking toward a mountain pass named Furcela dia Roa, on the first day of my family’s weeklong, hut-to-hut trek on the Alta Via 2 in northern Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, we stopped in an open meadow of grass and wildflowers overlooking a deep, verdant valley in Puez-Odle Natural Park. Across the valley loomed a wall of cliffs topped by jagged spires, like a castle a thousand feet tall. I looked at our map and back up at the stone wall before us, puzzled. After a moment, I realized: We have to get over that wall.

Scanning the vertiginous earth before us, I eventually picked out the trail snaking across the head of the valley and making dozens of switchbacks up a finger of scree, talus, and snow leading to the lowest notch in that wall: the Furcela dia Roa, the pass we had to cross.

It was our first encounter with a lesson that would repeat itself many times over the course of our hike on the Alta Via 2: These mountains are so steep and rocky that the trail often traverses ground that, from a distance, looks impassable without ropes and climbing gear. Indeed, numerous stretches of the Alta Via 2 have lengths of cable bolted into the rock face to hold onto, just to avoid pitching off the trail into an abyss.

 

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My family spent a week trekking hut to hut on a 39-mile (62k) section of the Alta Via 2, or “The Way of the Legends,” a roughly 112-mile (180k) alpine footpath through one of the world’s most spectacular and storied mountain ranges, Italy’s Dolomites. The AV 2 is famous for attributes that possess even more allure than a steaming plate of gnocchi: scenery that puts it in legitimate contention for the title of “the most beautiful trail in the world,” comfortable mountain huts with excellent food—and a reputation for being the most remote and difficult of the several multi-day alte vie (plural for alta via), or “high paths,” that crisscross the Dolomites.

 

Trekking around Sas de Putia, near Erbe Pass, Dolomites, Italy.
Hiking to Furcela dia Roa, Alta Via 2, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Passo Gardena, Alta Via 2, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Ibex near Forca Rossa, Alta Via 2, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Outside Rifugio Capanna Cervino, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Trail 712 to Col Verde, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Trail 712 to Col Verde, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
The Alta Via 2 near Rifugio Rosetta, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
The Alta Via 2 near Ball Pass, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
The Alta Via 2 near Ball Pass, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Trail 701 above San Martino di Castrozza, Parco Naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
Trekking Trail 749 below the Pale di San Martino, Dolomite Mountains, Italy.

Read my story about that trip, “‘The World’s Most Beautiful Trail:’ Trekking the Alta Via 2 Through Italy’s Dolomite Mountains,” which has many more photos, a video, and advice for planning it yourself. That piece consistently ranks among the most popular stories each month at The Big Outside.

 

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