August, 2007 Archives

The Dolomites formed an unusual battlefront in World War I. Italy had joined the Triple Entente powers early in confusing outbreak of hostilities in the hopes of gaining additional territory (including the Southern Tyrol) from the failing Austro-Hungarian empire. As on the Western front, events soon settled into a stalemate, but this time fought in the mountains with shells and massive mines. Most soldiers were killed by deliberate shelling from the other side to trigger avalanches.

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Rock climbing has never particularly appealed – too much like sport rather than relaxation. And how to you appreciate the scenery when glued to rock face wondered where on earth you are going to put your feet? Via ferrata looked a good compromise between scrambling (good fun) and rock climbing (not fun at all). At least there is always a cable to hang on to, pull on and generally guide the way.

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Dolomites IV – climbing