Downhill Hiking

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Da wir jetzt schon Hassmails bekommen (Grüße an Dennis an dieser Stelle), hier mal ein Bericht über einen Tag mit missglückter Trailauswahl (zumindest aus meiner Sicht – es sei erwähnt, dass die Meinungen hier geringfügig auseinander gehen). Wir nehmen morgens um 9 Uhr die erste Gondel hoch zum Refugio Faloria. Nach einem kurzen, aber fiesen Uphill auf einer Skipiste erreichen wir den Einstieg des 214er Wanderwegs, der auf der Karte ziemlich verlockend aussah. Es folgt zunächst ein feiner Trail zwischen Latschenkiefern, der sich dann schnell in eine sehr steile geröllige Rinne verwandelte. Was für Frank gerade noch fahrbar war, wurde für mich zu einer anstrengenden (knapp 2-stündigen) Wanderung bergab. Also heute
(zumindest aus meiner Sicht) keinen Grund für Neid!

For our friends in the US and in Canada I start translating the posts:

In order to react on an email of our friend Dennis who tells us that he starts hating us for our roadtrip stories in this blog, I’ll tell you about today’s experience. At least for me it was “A day of bad choosen trails” (but I have to admit Frank has a “slightly” different point of view on this topic ). We took the first gondola up to the Refugio Faloria at 9 am to ride a “quick” downhill. After pedaling up a short and steep
ski hill we reached the beginning of the hiking trail which will lead us down to Cortina again. The trail looked quite good on the hiking map (remember almost all trails here in the Alps are built during World War I and are made for hiking and not for biking). At the beginning the trail was perfect – but unfortunately only for a short
section (see pics). Then the track was getting steeper and steeper with lot’s of loose gravel and big rocks. Frank was still able to ride almost everything, whereas I started hiking downhill. I almost hiked everything for the next 2 hours (not so much fun for me and not so quick as expected). Dennis, no need to hate us for today’s blog entry.

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