TRAVERSING THE DOLOMITES
Let’s start with some stats:
- Civetta, Pelmo, Antelao, Tofana di Rozes
- 4 x 3000m
- 9000m D+
- 85 km
- 56 hours
The idea was born in late November-early December: COVID period with restrictions that unfortunately we all know. Talking to “Gio” we wondered, like everyone else, how long the period could last, whether by spring 2021 we would still be in full pandemic or not. The situation therefore raised the desire to find a nice ski project!
So we started to think about which peaks chain together, in what sequence and how to move, considering the various aspects like:
- Slope orientation: for example is essential to get down from the Civetta in the morning because it’s exposed to East
Proximity between the various peaks
- Timings of the various climbs and descents
- Ideal time
We wanted to be able to chain peaks moving only with skis or on foot, without neglecting safety e and without performance anxiety: we never set ourselves as speed-record researchers. We moved with equipment that was a good mix of skiing, reliability and lightness (ATK is always great in that: with my Release 10 I had an amazing time!) both because some descents have challenging stretches both because we liked the idea of linking these peaks but also to have fun along the descents!
We decided to start with the Civetta whose time of descent is not forgiving, in fact, at 8:30 we were at the top. Then it was Pelmo’s time who is close enough and whose famous Ball’s ledge at 13 goes in the shade but on a day as cold as the one we chose the avalanche risk was well manageable.
Then straight to my house in san Vito di Cadore, great meal and 4/5 hours of sleep that we really needed. We took it a little slow the next morning, the body was a little slow to reactivate, but in 15min walk up the forest from my house we connected to the ski slopes and then always on ski till the summit. The snow was still very beautiful, often powdery, so we enjoyed it without thinking of the 17km with almost 1000m of altitude difference that were waiting for us to get to the base of Tofana di Rozes. Those too have calmly passed, absurdly in the moment of perhaps the greatest euphoria of our journey, with the light of the sunset that in the middle of the wood showed the Antelao, skied in the morning, and the Tofana di Rozes, our next peak.