Last Winter I logged down almost 15000km on snowy and icy highways in order to work as an independent guide here in Canada. So this Summer in Europe, I tried to offset my carbon footprint a bit with the intension of making a living as close as possible to my staging area, a lovely little mountain town called Lienz. The furthest I ever had to drive to any of my guiding outings was 75km, from the "high alps" up north to the Dolomites in the south.
Below are a few impressions of some lovely people I was guiding, and what this area has to offer.
|With Kerstin and Michael I climbed the normal Route to Cima Grande. We left very early that day to escape the crowds, therefore we could also enjoy the sunrise quite high on the mountain.|
|On the first day of a 6 day hut to hut traverse of the Dolomites around Cortina. The Gamble Family from California fought their way through ups and downs, in the end I think the challenges we had to face brought us all a bit closer together.|
|A little ways off the trail Sarah was lucky to find the world famous Edelweiss.|
|Spectacular sunset from the deck of the Lagazuoi hut. From there one can see the 5 highest mountains of the Dolomites.|
|A quick bath for me in a concrete water basin built in 1916 for the soldiers of the first World War. |
One can find a lot of sad history along the old front lines in the Dolomites.
|Stan, during his afternoon outing, arriving on top of the Gusela, with Monte Pelmo behind in the clouds.|
|Another pleasure of European huts... a well deserved draft beer for David from Idaho. In the background one of the biggest rock faces of the Dolomites, |
the 1200m NW face of the Monte Civetta.
|One of the many afternoon lightning storms engulfs the Marmolata, the highest peak in the Dolomites.|
|A typical day on Grossglockner, imagine the crowds in good weather...|
|Multi pitching above Misurina Lake, amongst my 4 guests Carola, Claus, Ulrike and Mathias I had two priests on one rope. I felt I had a higher level of care than normal, and no cursing that day either.|
|Ruediger and Walter on top of Kerschbauner Toerlspitze, another sweet climb above the Karlsbader Hut in the Lienzer Dolomites.|
|The Gruenfelder couple just below the summit of the Cima Ovest di Lavaredo, their first multi pitch climb ever. They both did a great job and next Summer they want to learn how to do it on their own.|