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Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 10:51pm PT

One 'a the neato aspects of these Ferrati (pl?) is the ease with which groups of folks with just moderate skillz
Can just kill it on 4th class and move fairly quickly and unencumbered by belays.

So here we go, into the Tunnels of the Tofana:


Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 10:53pm PT

...And out the other side into open territory:


Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 11:02pm PT

No sittin' around in the cold belays fer us,
Just leashed in, cabled up 'an boogeyin':


Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2006 - 11:06pm PT

This particular route has a nice sub-top-out with grand views of Cortina, far below:

It was a bit too icy for our group to aquire the true summit that day...
dmalloy

Trad climber
eastside
Sep 20, 2006 - 01:00am PT
Mr. Buster, thanks as always for an awesome thread with some thought, education, fun and vicarious thrills. After climbing with some Italians last week here in Cali, I am hungering again to get back there.

And, so as you know for the future....it would be "vie ferrate," with "vie" being the plural of the noun "via" and then the adjective "ferrate" changed to match the noun it is modifying.

Che belle le tre cime!! Che bouno il vino! Andiamo in fretta...
Tarbuster

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right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2006 - 01:08am PT
Tre Cime...
Molto Bene!

Vino...
Cin Cin!

Andiamo in Fretta!
Yippee...
Mimi

climber
Sep 20, 2006 - 01:13am PT
Awesome pics you guys!
curlie

Trad climber
SLO, CA
Sep 20, 2006 - 02:38am PT
Well, still can't find the missing disk o' pix, so I'm going to be boring and post mostly the same ones I did for the garden gnome's thread on favorite places to climb.

Cortina d'Ampezzo:

Punta Fiames -- the toughest 5.6 I've ever been on. Spectacular arete climb, though, just behind Cortina.

Interesting plaque commemorating someone who died on the route. This huge chunk of steel was at the base of the route, but after a strenuous 1.5 hour hike:

Punta Fiames top, at 9PM, Cortina in the background:

Cool memorials/statues on the way to the Tre Cime di Laveredo:

Yet another pic of the Tre Cime di Laveredo. Didn't one of the Huber bros free solo a route on one of these? Kind of funny seeing someone free solo with a helmet on...

The view from Il Patroni, a peak around the Tre Cime. We were going to do a 4-pitch 5.6 up to the top, but misread the guidebook and ended up going up the via ferrata we were supposed to go down....

Chris on part of the via ferrata on Il Patroni -- note to self: make sure you haven't accidentally hit the b&w button on your camera without noticing.....

Very cool WWII tunnels that were cut through the limestone. These were all over the place, amazing!:

The perfect boulder at the end of a perfect day (well, perfect except for that nasty scramble down nasty scree....)

Yep, the Dolomites were awesome. So...much....rock.... Hopefully I'll get back there next summer for a little bit.
Ron Olsen

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Sep 20, 2006 - 09:08am PT
Tre Cime di Lavaredo after an afternoon thunderstorm
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Sep 20, 2006 - 09:31am PT
Royboy, here's the German version of the Via Ferrata, called a klettersteig, up the Hollental to the Zugspitze. The cross at the top still has .50 cal bullet holes in it from WWII.
Tarbuster

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right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2006 - 10:54am PT
Yes Pat, that left hand shot with the spikes was the first image I'd seen of this sort of hardware installation in the mountains.

Hey Ron Olson: 'Nice to see another Boulder climber post up.

Way Teh Go Curlie!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 20, 2006 - 11:32am PT
Grazie!

Tar is one of the only thread authors I will follow without a second thought... adventures in the mountains being assured.

The best thing about talking around the fire at night is having been out and about in the mountains all day. This is SuperTopo at its best.
curlie

Trad climber
SLO, CA
Sep 20, 2006 - 12:12pm PT
Wow, that left picture is really cool! There should be more like that one!

I don't know what makes me drool more - thoughts of all the great rocks, or thoughts of all the great food, coffee, and beer....
Hootervillian

climber
the Hooterville World-Guardian
Sep 20, 2006 - 12:25pm PT
that's some life you've led Mr. Buster. here's to ya.
Chris Wegener

Trad climber
St. John, Virgin Islands
Sep 20, 2006 - 03:51pm PT
Some more photos of the Dolomites.
The best part is that the Italians have their priorities straight, they dont open the refugios (huts) until the important items are in adeguate supply, in this case beer.

Then there is the via Ferrattas which let you get into great positions and as this picture shows are a blast!

Or this

Another summit, this time after one of the coolest climbs I have ever done, Pont Fiames near Cortina

Where ever you go the views are killer!

It is the finest climbing trip imaginable. Beauty, climbing from 5.easy to as hard as you want to crank in a setting where your ever wish is catered to.

Chris
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2006 - 05:02pm PT
Let's see, would you be the Chris Wegener from 70's so cal experience, buddies with Pete Steers, Jan Mcollum, Herb Laeger et al?

One of the guys in the 2nd/last fotos looks like him: the dude was an edging master and I recall ascents in suede Desert Boots or Hush Puppys.

'Nice fotos at any rate,
Cheers,
Roy
goatboy smellz

climber
northboulder, co
Sep 21, 2006 - 10:35am PT


OLA, yonder tarbustier.

Autumn flowz down thru sweet valleyz!

Good timez our yet A schmear away...

Time to rope up some obscurities...

Time to rope up some fun!


Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2006 - 11:14am PT
Yes, we have a kite to fly!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Sep 21, 2006 - 11:32am PT
Roy, those spikes you noted are in prime shape in the postcard, but when I found myself walking across them, about every third or fourth one was bent downward, usually at more then 45 degrees from winter avalanches, so you would have to step lightly in the constant mist/rain that plagues that particular part of the Alps.

I'll post up some more euro alps fun stuff later

So, is it true you're gonna be out in Arcadia next month????
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2006 - 11:37am PT
Pat:
We cancelled that trip, I know Sewellymon is expecting us.
See you a bit later at the next JT Bash!

OK Now,
Via Ferrata Primer Part 2:
The steeper and deeper with Refugio Link up
& Weather Dodger option...

This Ferrata has some very airy sections and deposits one on a very large plateau atop the Gruppo Sella.

Along the way you get to see some towers upon which,
Reinhold Messner made some of his earlier first ascents:

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