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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 16, 2006 - 07:54pm PT

Ok Taco Benders,

Step on up, take a bite, maybe post up a pic or three.
"The Doli's" has it all and the good season just flashed,
So let's have a closer look.

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All my snappy shots are from a trip in '92.
Sumtimes I sneek in postcards,
But I tell you when, cuz I'm a straight shooter.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 07:55pm PT
Looking up at the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
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Aerial view of Gruppo Sella & Marmolada:
(Postcard)
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Over by the, um, I forget:
(But these "Huts" are called Refugio and have kickasss food, beer & GRAPPA)
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Near The Civetta:
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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 07:56pm PT
Here's a few bits of advice which may prove helpfull.

1) Partner Selection is Key;
Strong legs, a willing mind, & clear vision
Are among the more desirable attributes, so choose wisely.

Here's mine,
Randi Eyre (RIP '99)
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2) Motoring Arrangements;
As The Dolomites are laced with roads.
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3) Lodging;
Because It's There.
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4) Good Food;
Since the occasional multi-star fuel up is a sure necessity.
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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 07:57pm PT
As with any trip abroad or outside of your sandbox for that matter,
It is advisable to do as the locals do, ...sometimes.

Here's the Poseur Postur Tarbousier givin' it a try:
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I cannot stess how important spiffy transpo becomes,
Not just fer craggin' approaches,
But likewise to see the sights...
(I think this is a Fiat 900)
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This is a Lancia Delta HF:
(Pronounced "Lawn-chuh")
(Be aware the I-Talians say things kinda' funny)
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Oh Yeah,
Transpo Fer M-Motorin' Over To, Like,
Hip and Pastoral Sights Such As,
Tuscany:
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San Gimignano:
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And Firenze:
(my shot, mine, mine, mine).
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Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 07:57pm PT
'K,
There's a bit of common usage (lingo),
Which makes you sound cool when you 'git back stateside,
Like, The Dolomiti can be suavely passed in hip & polite conversation as:
"The Doli's"

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Also, Florence is called "Firenze" or some such thing.
('Not sure why).

Alrighty Then;
(Or Now as the Case Might Seem),
I got 'nuff pic-chures teh float this bugger fer a 'lil bit,
But, -and a couple ah craggin' type ones too-

But right now I need to rub Lisa's feet and quaff a brew er two,
So post up some Spiffy Doli Snappys or surf the Taco Stand or whatever, cuz I'll be back.

WBraun

climber
Sep 16, 2006 - 10:52pm PT
That is awesome! You are king!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 10:58pm PT
Thanks Fellas, glad we all have fun in the sandbox these days...
Tarbuster

climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 11:08pm PT
Molto Bene!
(that's how those Italo's say, "right on bro!")

C'Mon Curlie, find yer foto stash and let's rip this dance floor...
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2006 - 11:50pm PT
10-4 good buddy.
I'm gonnah meter this one out cuz the doli's are a rarity in terms of input i'm quite sure.

where ya goin' in the indian peaks tehmorrah?
(my knees are down and out this season)..
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 16, 2006 - 11:56pm PT
Wow, what a breath of fresh air. And colorful. Thanks tons.

b e s t !
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 17, 2006 - 12:26am PT
'Glad you enjoy them Peter, lot's more to come.

Stich: Lisa and I have been over to Skyscraper and there are two snow fields, the northerly one (Challenger Glacier) facing Devil's Thumb Pass, the southerly (Skyscraper Glacier) facing Bob and Betty lake. They can be sort of steep; approching 50 degrees and look really fun.

I have seen Skyscraper in the fall set with bare ice; last fall we went up a gully to the East because the bare ice was heavily loaded with fresh snow in late october.

It snowed up here today a bit at 8'200; there would be some fresh accumulation up there at the divide, some, but maybe not significant.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 17, 2006 - 12:43am PT
sounds right.

Here's a little taste of the Doli's,
Looking at the Cima Piccola:
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Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Sep 17, 2006 - 12:23pm PT
Alright Tarbuster. Here’s some pics from a trip Gramicci© and I took to the Alps in 1976.

North faces of Tre Cima on right; South faces on left.

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The tunnels constructed during World War I are incredible. Pitched battles between the Italians and the Austrians were fought among these beautiful peaks. Now there are hiking trails through the tunnels.

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Right when we got to the Lavaredo hut in mid August, it snowed about a foot.
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Spent several snowbound days hanging out with the Itlalians in the Lavaredo hut. The local Italians explained Grappa to us; Mike explained Hendrix to the Italians with the help of a portable cassette player. Our original goal, the North Faces were out of the question, but the sun came out and we got some climbs in on the south faces. Far right is the Cima Piccolissima and its narrow south face.

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Mike on the Cassin Route, south face of the Cima Piccolissima.

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The climbing was great: steep and mainly solid.

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Mike again.

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Mike soloing near the top.

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Obligatgory summit shot.

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rmuir

Social climber
the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Sep 19, 2006 - 01:54pm PT
Nice old photos of the Dolomiti, Ricky! (Good to see Mike wearing a helmet Back in the Day -- something we almost never wore on most USian rock routes back then.)

The next season, I finally headed to the Italian Alps with Rockamazzo. I ended going on a second extended foray from our european "home" at Chamonix that Summer and lucked into some fairly-stable weather at the Tre Cima. With Brock Wagstaff, we managed to do the Comici Route on "la faccia del nord" of the Cima Grande before getting dusted with snow on the summit (and the descent). And, along the way, I think we were able to free all the moves, thanks to the copious amount of fixed gear. Talk about a via ferrata!

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(Taken at about the 600' level, maybe.)

Great times, great wine, great limestone...
G_Gnome

Boulder climber
Sick Midget Land
Sep 19, 2006 - 02:03pm PT
Nice football helmet!
curlie

Trad climber
SLO, CA
Sep 19, 2006 - 06:10pm PT
Dang, this _is_ a spiffy thread!

Arr....I'll be lookin' about me galleon tonight for that scurvy CD o' mine....and I'll be postin' up some fine pix that'll put all ye home-lubbers ta shame....
Standing Strong

Mountain climber
birds fly over the rainbow, why o why can't i?
Sep 19, 2006 - 08:15pm PT
"transpo"!!!

love it.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 10:35pm PT
Well there Ricky 'Rocker,
That was a much appreciated shot in the arm to this here cyber-dolomiti-pic-chure&popcorn-fest.

I espeshly enjoy RMuir's Bell motorcycle helmet with twin racing stripes.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 10:46pm PT
So, Here's a little "Via Ferrata Primer":

Well, this is actually the Tofana,
And the routes indicated are not Via Ferrata,
But it makes a nice chapter header.
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This here Fatasss Tofana Crag is just outside Cortina D'ampezzo,
And we began our Via Ferrata lessons on it's left flank.



Via Ferrata means "Iron Way" and the hardened infrastructures,
Such as tunnels, ladders, cables and "staples", were put in during those nasty wars to defend the Italian border.

These days, They make a nice adult jungle gym.
Why here's an Adult Ferrata Aspirant Now:
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...I say she looks to be a personage fit out fer a Dr Seuss Tale.


And here's we haves depicted some 'a the cables
Of the Adult Jungle Gymnasium:
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(no adult in sight tho)

So ya see, you just aquire a proper lanyard with energy absorption device, a couple lockin' beeny biners and clip that there cable: Bravisimo! Yer scuttlin' 4th class, fairly safely, makin' it look, well, easy! (partly cuz it is ...)
Mike.

climber
Sep 19, 2006 - 10:49pm PT
Just when the Taco Stand appears destined for the boneyard...


Thanks for the nice shots, prose and history, guys. Nice stuff!
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