Welcome to what I like to call the dolomites "overflow" section. Even though I put a generous helping of images from our dolomites climbing in the main narrative, there are many many additional images that I thought worthy of display. This section includes all those additional images, as well as a full complement of maps, graphs, and locator maps. Be warned! There are well over 250 pictures in this section! (additional pictures not in the main narrative have a thumbnail surrounded by a color)
For those of you who do not know, the Dolomites are a sub-range of the alps located in north-eastern Italy. The peaks are composed of the rock 'dolomite' (as you may have guessed). The rock is so named because of its discover: a french geologist named Deodat de Dolomieu
Dolomite is a form of pseudo-metamorphosed limestone, and is very hard, generally whitish in color, and blocky. The terrain is very dramatic and unique, with very steep-sided jagged towers of rock that rise thousands of feet (or many hundreds of metres) above fairly gentle valleys.
Apart from its dramatic and unique beauty, one of the reasons I like to visit the dolomites is the unique and interesting climbing possibilities offered by the so-called via ferrata
(in english: Iron Way) climbing routes. These are essentially fixed-climbing paths, on which one climbs with a special dynamic belay device. The dolomites provide an excellent foundation for these routes, and they often scale bold, exposed routes.
If you want more via ferrata information, please visit my dedicated via ferrata page
- it has a complete listing of all of the routes I've done over the years, along with an introduction to vie ferrate, info on guidebooks, locator maps, difficulty grades, and more.
As you may have read about in the main narrative, this was Jenn's first time to the dolomites and her first exposure to via ferrata climbs. The pictures on this page and on page 2 are from her first two "introductory" climbs: a mid-grade ferrata called the Paolin-Piccolin ferrata, and a shorter but harder higher-grade ferrata called the via ferrata canalone.