We decided to spent our summer dolomiti holiday 2010 in the Brenta. It was the beginning of September and we took the train from Stuttgart to Trento. There we stayed in a hostel next to the train station. It was very noisy the whole night and we slept quite bad. The next morning we take the bus from Trento to Madonna di Campiglio. During the drive it is raining and getting colder. When we arrive we go to the next supermarket and buy some food.
It's really cold. We start to walk and after a few minutes the sun comes out! The blue sky is coming. The weather is changing, really good. So we continue to walk up to the Rifugio Graffer.
There we want to spend the first night. We walk up to the Passo Groste and enjoy being back in the Dolomites.
The next morning we wanted to the first part of the Bocchette way through the whole Brenta. We walk again up to the Passo Groste and go to the beginning of the first via ferrata. Actually the weather is fine, but
a storm is coming. It's really windy and the path is frozen! We think and think and thinks and finally decide to go back down and walk an easy path to the Rifugio Tuckett. Arriving there it is still very windy.
We think it was a good decision to go back, because we didn't know how frozen and difficult the via ferrata would have been. From the Rifugio Tuckett we take the via ferrata SOSAT to the Rifugio Alimonta. The Rifugio Alimonta is
wonderfully situated in the heart of the Brenta. We are lucky - there are only two more beds available for this night, and we can have them! We have some drinks and great food and talk to some people and decide to do the
Bocchette Centrale the next day. Because we went a different way then planned today we cannot do the Bocchette Alte (which is longest and most difficult of the via ferratas in the Brenta). But the whole mountain
range here is wonderful, so it does not really matter which way you are going.
The next morning we walk up a little glacier and enjoy the view from the Bocchette Centrale. We walk along the path and around the 'Needle'. Then we arrive at the Rifugio Tosa around lunch time. We have some
spagetti and decide to spent the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. What a great time!
The next morning we start early and go up to the beginning of the Sent. Brentari/Sent. dell'Ideale. We climb up and down until we reach the d'Ambiez glacier. We walk over the glacier to the beginning of the next via ferrata part.
Another up and down and then the next glacier. With our crampons these glaciers are no problem, but without them it can be very slippery. After the last glacier we walk for another hour until we arrive at the XII Apostel Hut.
What a cosy hut with a nice warm oven! We enjoy the evening and night there. The next morning there are many clouds and we walk back down to Madonna di Campiglio. A great tour trough the wonderful Brenta! Lots of sunshine and blue sky - no Brenta fog 🙂

Another weekend in the Rätikon was ahead of us. We went by bus to the Lünerseebahn and walked up to the Douglas Hut (the same as we did two weeks before). From there we walked to the beginning of the via ferrata Saulakopf. It must have been the hottest day of the year! We were exhausted and sweating when we arrived at the beginning. And there were many many people! But we quickly put on the gear and started before the group of around 10. The way to the top was very exhausting, because of the hot temperatures. We climbed up in the sunshine with a great view to the Lünersee. On the top we had some food and decided to go back to the Douglas Hut quickly, because huge clouds were beginning to cover the sky. The descent down to the hut was also very exhausting, we had no more water and it was still very hot. We had some Skiwasser at the hut and decided to stay there over night (actually we wanted to go to the Totalp Hut). In the evening a huge storm arrived. It was very nice to sit inside the warm hut and watch the weather outside.

The next morning we were a bit lazy and decided to walk up to the Totalp Hut and look for a nice place to relax. We found one and layed in the sunshine for some hours. Then we walked back down to the LĂĽnerseebahn and drove home.

We started our weekend holiday at the Lünerseebahn. You can take the bus from Bludenz to the mountain railway. We didn't use the railway. We walked up to the Lündersee and Douglas Hut via the 'Böse Tritt Steig'.

From the Douglas Hut we walked to the Lindauer Hut. There were many people. The Lindauer Hut has a nice garden with many plants which live in the Alps. We slept at the Lindauer Hut.

The next morning we walked up to the via ferrata Gauablickhöhle. On the way to the entrance you have a great view to the 'Drei Türme'. The via ferrata is really nice, not so difficult, a great view and a 400m long cave in the middle of the via ferrata. From inside the cave you cannot see any daylight and that was really scary!

At the end of the via ferrata you have a great view to the summit of the Sulzfluh. The path to the summit was full with snow. We walked up and enjoyed the view. We saw many people coming up the via ferrata and decided that we also want to do it. But not today - for today we decided to go to the Tilisuna Hut and have a nice dinner. We couldn't believe it - but we were the only people there! The hut only for us two - great!

We got up very early the next morning and started to walk to the beginning of the Sulzfluh via ferrata. The via ferrata was great - one of the best we have done so far! A great view and never boring. We were the first this morning and the only people on the summit! Great 🙂 After a good breakfast on the summit we walked back to the Tilisuna Hut and then down to the valley.

Today we plan to make cycle through Gran Canaria's backend. We start in Playa del Ingles where you can rent bikes at 'Free Motion' (close to the hotel Sandy Beach)
The weather is at its best 🙂
We follow the road until we come to a stone pit. Then we keep to the right. The tarred road turns into a trail (we ignored the "explosive" sign - probably not a big deal for non-germans... but we had a little discussion 🙂 )... After 20 minutes the trail is crossed by a creek. Probably there has once been a bridge... We decided to walk through the creek... it was a quite refreshing 🙂
The trail continued for a while. Then the trail turned into something what might be called a river bed.

We carried our bikes for a while, hoping that the trail would come back soon. The weather was very nice - and hot 🙂

Unfortunately, that was not the case... so we decided to take a break and capitulate today.

Annotation: during our next holiday on Gran Canaria the river was gone (it was later in the year) and we could see that the trail continues. But we had no time to cycle it to the end.. but we will do so in November 2011!


 
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Today we start at Playa del Ingles taking the bus no. 30 to "Bahia Feliz". Bahia Feliz is part of the commune San Bartolome de Tirajana and approximately has 175 citizens.
A big building there is the Orquidea hotel.We get off the bus and cross the main street (which is parallel to the highway) using the nearby footbridge. We directly reach the bus stop on the opposite side (N 27° 47.145, W 015° 30.992).

A few meters further we follow the sign "Cantera" (stone pit). First, we cross the highway using a short tunnel. Leaving the tunnel we come to a junction - we decide to take the straight way (N 27° 47.260, W 015° 30.830).

We follow the path, passing two small buildings (N 27° 47.147, W 015° 30.988). We follow the path down the hill and turn left until we come to another junction. To the right we see a dam. The left path leads us deeper into the barranco.

Left and right huge walls loom large. After maybe a 30 minutes walk the street comes to an end. We decide to take a break, here.

From here a fixed rope route starts ("La Primera Luna" - The first moon). To the right a small path (maybe not even a path) leads to an overhang. There turn right and go around the corner. This is where the fixed rope route starts.

From here one has a great view. Today, we decided not to make it. Instead we went deeper into the barranco. There was supposed to be a pool and a waterfall and due to the hot weather we had a good motivation to find it.

On our way we saw lots of interesting plants.

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