As I start, I have a confession to make. 20 years ago my parents took to me the Dolomites. I hated it. Nature. Walking, Sunlight, Bah humbug! My books and my Gameboy entertained. Mountaintops did not. Why should they, the just stood there!
my confession is not over. The Meh-feeling stayed. I was not eager to return. When turning to the mountain tops,
the Dolomites were never a target, maybe I even avoided them in my planing. Why was that? I believed there would be long approaches, chossy rock, and hard old routes which would suck out the fun. All this never led to the decision to go there.
as in so many things in life I have to admit i was wrong. In the end I am happy Wladi suggested to go there. Saying no to something newish was not an option and his love for short approaches and great sports climbs gave me hope. I was skeptical, but after I bought a guide of the region and was immediately amazed. The book contained 400 pages of sport climbing routes with 1-20 minutes approaches. Sweet. So it was set.
Oh my god,
the Dolomites are be-ti-fucking-ful. The First taste was the Pustavalley. Over-saturated green hills with grey limestone mountaintops. Gorgeous. Next we turned left, and suddenly the valley turn tighter and we got a glimpse of the reddish tone of the three peaks of the Dolomites and I was sold. This place inspires. I immediately felt the itch of scrambling up a peak or even checking out an alpine route. Crazy isn’t it.
the days spend there were to short and we only saw 2 climbing spots. We climbed until we could not climb and then slept underneath the wall. I wish I could say i climbed a lot, but a had some back problems so I had to take a step back. The routes I tried were fantastic, and Claudia convinced me to do a small Tradroute which added to the atmosphere
the three of us that were there, Wladi, Claudia and I, we decided that we have to go back, and see more than the little speck we saw. So, dear reader, i must to ask you, will you join?
If you are still unsure. just check out these few pics I hope they will persuade you.