Climbing the degli Alpini Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

Editors Note: Gina certainly unfolds an entertaining tail of trail and climb in this post from her blog – great pictures to boot. 

By Gina

A Beginner Rock Climbing Experience in the Dolomites of Italy

One Day in the Dolomites of Italy,
Rock Climbing degli Alpini in the Dolomites
 this Happened…

Wait…now you want me to climb this wall behind me??

“You guys are just trying to kill me off, aren’t you,” I grumbled. “I’m onto you.”

“Yes, Gina, that’s exactly what we’re trying to do,” my sister Angela responded with a roll of her eyes.

Angela and I were in the Dolomites along with our mom and Angela’s boyfriend, Miles.

The Dolomites are a mountain range located in the north eastern corner of Italy, bordering Germany, and are a popular destination for hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers. This was our third day in the region and so far we’d done two hikes, both of which had exhausted me. My fitness prowess did not quite match my outdoor ed teacher mother or rock climbing, hiking extraordinaires Angela and Miles.

And now Angela just showed me a picture of the day’s hike – the degli Alpini – that involved a person climbing a vertical rock wall high up in the air.

“It’s only a 5 or 6,” Miles said, speaking in rock climbing terms I didn’t understand. “You’ll be fine. It’s an easy one.”

I …continue reading…

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