Wonderful day for a known itinerary divided into stages but never ended in a ring in a day. Andrea and Sebastiano are the companions of today's excursion. Departure at the beginning of the path to the Costapiana refuge in Valle di Cadore. Easy climb on asphalt road and free from snow for per of the route. Arriving at the refuge we enjoyed the splendid view of the Antelao, Pelmo, Rite and Civetta. The path from the Costapiana to the S. Dionisio church is immediately covered with snow but beautiful, compact and comfortable to cross without snowshoes or crampons. A few trees on the path made us remember the storm of October 2018.
Valle di Cadore, Veneto, Italy
Rifugio Costapiana, rifugio Antelao
Arriving at S. Dionisio we climbed one on the other's shoulders to retrieve the rope to ring the legendary bell. Mission accomplished and the bell rang in the valley with its unmistakable chimes! The descent to the Antelao refuge was more demanding than what the managers had informed us: soft snow up to the knees and a little beaten path. At the refuge we refreshed ourselves with super local dishes that weighed down Andrea and Sebastiano for the return. The return from Nebbiù left us speechless at the sight of the desolation of all the trees that were once called "wood". Heaps of earth with myriads of fingers severed from a nefarious time that lasted a moment.
Expert hikers - are generally signposted itineraries but with some difficulties: the terrain can consist of slippery slopes of grass, mixed rocks and grass, stony ground, slight snowy slopes or even single easy-to-climb rocky passages (use of hands in some places) . Although they are routes that do not require particular equipment, equipped sections can be presented even if they are not demanding. They require a good knowledge of the alpine environment, a safe step and the absence of vertigo. Physical preparation must be adequate for a fairly continuous day of walking.