hike Bocca di Brenta to Molveno, Italy

The Brenta Mountains in the Dolomites are popular with via ferrata (iron road), cable assisted, climbers.

They stretch 40km (25mi) on a north-south axis. I nearly chose to hike a lengthwise itinerary called The Mighty Brenta Dolomite Traverse. … Unfortunately transport to the trailheads was problematic.

Instead I crossed west to east from famed tourist trap Madonna di Campiglio to the most lovely mountain town I’ve found in Europe so far, Molveno.

Again I took a cable car to start as high as possible.

CABLECAR

I was delivered to Rif. Tuckett and Sela.

mountain-hut

The wildflowers are still going strong in late July. (They are nearly gone now in Canada.)

wildflowers

It’s great being instantly on top of the world. Just like heli-hiking. The start is mostly a traverse under the highest peaks. Amazing. Such easy access to this environment.

Rick-and-mountains

The sunset was a classic Dolomite experience. Wow.

sunset-on-mountain

Next morning the weather was fantastic. So I stashed my pack in the boulders and dashed up as high as I could go to Rif. Alimonta.

Wonderful. But daylight was burning. I turned back and pushed hard to get over the mountains.

Here was the crux of the hike when I was there. (It was not quite as bad as it looks in the photo. But it was challenging.)

climbers-descending-steep-snow

I entrusted a Summit Stone to the virgin guarding the highest pass.

summit-stone

This is astonishing Rif. Pedrotti 2491m. Many famed climbers have stayed here.

Refugio

Starving, but in a mad rush now to get DOWN off this mountain, I ordered a meal. It tasted FANTASTIC at this altitude.

Lasagna

No photos from my decent. I practically ran from 3000m to the lake at 868m in order to be sure I would catch a bus out of the valley.

That was one long, long exit.

Whew.

This was my personal favourite of the 4 Dolomite hikes I did on this trip. See the rest of my photos on flickr.

One Reply to “hike Bocca di Brenta to Molveno, Italy”

  1. Great photos. I don’t think they allow bad food to be served in Italy. Most of what they serve is fairly simple so using good ingredients (their tomatoes are beautiful) should produce a good result.

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