Saturday, July 21
Drinks with the Fletchers
Agordo from Graham's
Our planning worked out well, and we managed to navigate back to our cars
and drive the 1.5 hours back to the southern Dolomites, arriving at the
central water-fountain in Agordo at 5 minutes before 7pm. In not more
than a few minutes, a lean non-italian looking fellow strode up to the
Indeed it was Graham, and we exchanged handshakes and pleasantries for a few
minutes. We then hopped into the cars and drove up to a little hillside
on the edge of town, where Graham has a top-floor suite in a multi-unit
house. Not far below his house, Graham had arranged for us to stay at a
pleasant little hotel called the Albergo Edora. It was a composed of two
modern multi-level buildings, styled in a pleasant alpsy-ish motif common
in this area.
A visit with the Fletchers
After freshening up, we walked the couple of minutes between the hotel and
Graham's house, where he showed us upstairs to a wide, expansive flat, with
angled-wood panelled ceilings and an open-concept living area.
Chatting with the Fletchers
drinks out on the long balcony, which has a superb vista down over the
town of Agordo and north directly up the Cordevole valley. On either side
are big dolomitic peaks: the Civetta group on the right, and Monte Agner
and the Pale di San Martino on the left, both of which have world-class
ferrate on them. Quite a spot for a home!
Meeting the author
Graham introduced us to Meg, his wife, and Mark, his son (who just
happened to be visiting at the time). I recognized Meg from all of the
pictures in the guidebook with captions like 'climber on ferrata XYZ', and
that was pretty cool. Meeting celebrities, we were!
We had a wonderful time out on the balcony, chatting in the soft late-
evening night. I hope, Graham, that you weren't too overwhelmed with all
of the ferrata questions we asked!
Soon it was time to turn in. We had hoped to arrange to do a mountain
outing together with the Fletchers, but our timing and theirs weren't
quite matched up, so instead we agreed to make contact in two days, when
we would hopefully get together again and perhaps go out for a meal on the
town. Sounded like a plan!
Chatting it up
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