Snowfall in August – Marmolada – Italy

We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.

We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.

We were really pumped up for this one.

Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.

In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.

Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.

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Lake Antermoia – The Dolomites

Passo Antermoia – 2770m altitude – the most beautiful view I have seen so far in my hikes and it is the highest altitude I have ever got so far. It feels good!

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I can visibly see how the mist is rising from the base, it is coming fast so we are unable to spend more time in this place, so slowly started descending to lake Antermoia.

As we walk down we discover more amazing places, the valley is absolutely stunning. Everything looks gray and without too much live in it, yet it is so satisfying to watch.

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We are tempted rush down the the valley, but it can turn out wrong if we rush this. Descending is pretty dangerous, in specially with weight on your back. The entire weight is held by the knees, so we need to be careful as it can get damage it.

Probably in less then 2 hours we arrive to the lake with the most amazing blue water I have ever seen. In some of its corners we can still find loads of snow. We threw down our bags and took a break to admire the view.

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Antermoia refuge is just a few steps from the lake so we stopped there to eat something and plan further our descend and the plan for our next chain of mountains.

Venice in a day

I have planned a trip to Italy for a long time. I believe it was just after my trip to the Alps in Slovenia that we decided with Dragos to visit the Dolomites. We didn’t think too much about it as always and booked our ticket to Italy.

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Day 1 – Venice in a day

After a few hours flight, I have arrived to Venice, Italy. Took the bus from the airport straight to the island of Venice and once more I had to find Dragos without any internet connection or credit on my phone.

While searching for Dragos, I walked through the narrow streets of the city and admire it beauty. There are tens of narrow streets and over a hundred islands connected through many bridges.

We have tried pizza, pasta and didn’t had too much luck with the food. Because it is such a touristy city, there are way to many places where you can sit down to eat, but probably the best choice to have some sea food which is their specialty.

Later on in the evening we met with Mariana who is a colleague from university and took us to her home to have a good night sleep.

The next day we will continue our journey to Fassa Valley and start our ascent to the Dolomites.