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2011-07-26 12:43:40
"From Sella Group towards Col Toronn in the Dolomites." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: From Sella Group towards Col Toronn in the Dolomites. (Contract pics)

Sella Shape - Dolomites
The Dolomites are part of the Alps in North Eastern Italy, near the border with Austria. It's an opportunity for great walking though some aspects are very different from Ireland. For a start, this area is popular with large numbers of people on many of the routes (though not all). It's highly developed with well defined and numbered tracks and good though not perfect maps. It is possible to start and finish walks at high level huts which offer basic sleeping accomodation and often good quality 3 course meals. The Irish Rambler Club group I was with did precisely that for some 7 days. It's often possible to visit a hut for a lunch or quick morning cappucino.
Very different from finding your way to the top of a trackless Irish top with a flask of tea! But Irish hills have different charms from the sense of isolation and discovery, the stimulation of navigation and the sense while summiteering of filling pieces in a jigsaw.. In short the Dolomites like many Alpine areas presents a different experience.

The photo below is taken after climbing the northern gully leading to the Pisciadu refuge on the Sella group ("route 666") This is a 500m climb up scree, zig-zag track and via ferrata (fixed wire cable) up to around 2600m on the Sella plateau.

While there are many dramatic photo opportunities here and everywhere in the Dolomites I couldn't resist the shape of the land here. Many a photographic text book will talk about the power of the circle or the arc in a composition, but apart from the odd rainbow they're hard to find in the wild!
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Summit Comment
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Bibliography
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