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The Brenta

Our very last via ferrata adventure of this trip was in the Brenta group. The Brenta are a regionally distinct separate sub-group of the dolomites, and this was our first visit to them. We climbed a section of a famous high-level ferrata called the via delle bochette.

Regional Locator Map: Via delle Bocchette
This is a regional locator map showing the general location of the central part of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
Camping near Brenta
Our campground in the Brenta. situated not far south of Madonna di Campiglio. [enlarge]
Which way to go?
The confusing mix of signs at the start of trail into the Brenta Group of Dolomites. We are headed towards rifugio Brentei. [enlarge]
Adamello-Brenta entrance
The entrance to the national park of the Brenta-Adamello mountainous region. Our trail starts through here. [enlarge]
First, a bridge
Brian at the bridge crossing the Vallesinella stream just below the parking lot. [enlarge]
Well-maintained trail
The first bit of trail to the rif. Casinei is wide, forested, and well-maintained. [enlarge]
Wooden hiker
An interesting wooden hiker greets you just below the rifugio Casinei [enlarge]
Jenn hikes into the Brenta
Jenn hikes into the Brenta Dolomites group. [enlarge]
Jenn hikes into the Brenta
Jenn hikes into the Brenta Dolomites group. [enlarge]
Gottfried hitches a ride
Jenn happily carries Gottfried on her back. My, what a beautiful place these Brenta Dolomites are, exclaims Gottfried. [enlarge]
Brian approaches treeline
Brian approaches treeline on trail 318. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Beautiful Bells
I think this is a type of harebell or something similar. Very pretty. [enlarge]
Jenn hikes through Latschen
Jenn hikes through dense subalpine fir on the way to treeline in the Brenta. [enlarge]
Trail commemoration
Jenn stops at a trail commemoration plaque along 318, our trail that leads to our rifugio (rifugio Brentei). [enlarge]
Exposed trail
Even the trail up here is exposed, with a steep dropoff. It is wide and has a hand-rail, though, so no problems at all. [enlarge]
Exposed trail
Even the trail up here is exposed, with a steep dropoff. It is wide and has a hand-rail, though, so no problems at all. [enlarge]
Brian finally shows up
After a long wait, Brian wanders up to where we are on the trail. [enlarge]
Brian rounds a corner
Brian rounding an airy corner on trail 318. [enlarge]
Entering the Galleria
Jenn enters a neat little section of trail 318 called the Galleria Bogani. [enlarge]
Entering the Galleria
Jenn enters a neat little section of trail 318 called the Galleria Bogani. [enlarge]
Galleria Bogani
The entrance to the Galleria Bogani, a small cave that trail 318 goes through on the way to rif. Brentei. [enlarge]
Shrine in Gallery
The small shrine in the Bogani Gallery, trail 318 [enlarge]
Towers of the Brenta
Jenn hikes towards the ever more jagged spires of the Brenta Dolomites. Rif. Brentei is now in sight in the distance. [enlarge]
Approaching rifugio
Jenn approaches the Rifugio Brentei, our stop for the night. [enlarge]
Rifugio Brentei
This is the Rifugio Brentei Maria e Alberto (or just Rifugio Brentei for short). Note the excellent position of the rifugio on the mountain. Very scenic. [enlarge]
Rifugio Brentei
This is the Rifugio Brentei Maria e Alberto (or just Rifugio Brentei for short). Note the excellent position of the rifugio on the mountain. Very scenic. [enlarge]
Jenn approaches Rifugio
Jenn approaches the Rifugio Brentei. Note the very skinny little glacier in the narrow gully in the background. [enlarge]
Mischievous bunkmate
My upper bunkmate has mischief in her eyes! [enlarge]
On the deck
On the deck at the Rifugio Brentei. [enlarge]
Rif. Brentei Dining room
The quaint alpine-atmosphere dining room in the rifugio Brentei. [enlarge]
Loo with a view
The bathroom at the Rifugio Brentei is clean, efficient, and has a great view! [enlarge]
Shrine from Afar
A wide angle view of the alpine meadow above the rifugio Brentei. The alpine memorial shrien can be seen in the distance. [enlarge]
Dinner at the rifugio
Jenn and Brian enjoy a hearty evening meal at the rifugio Brentei. [enlarge]
Dumb duo
Two confused looking guys at the rifugio Brentei [enlarge]
Beautiful Brenta evening
As evening draws on, the clouds dissipate, and a beautiful view of the brenta dolomites unfolds. [enlarge]
Alpine memorial
A pretty little shrine uphill from the rifugio Brentei commemorates the fallen alpine pioneers of the mountains. [enlarge]
Alpine memorial
A pretty little shrine uphill from the rifugio Brentei commemorates the fallen alpine pioneers of the mountains. [enlarge]
Plaques of the fallen
Many memorials of fallen climbers dot the arch of the monument. [enlarge]
Pointing off in the distance
Jenn points out an item of interest to Brian. [enlarge]
Hummocky Terrain
Hummocky Terrain near the Brentei rifugio, which looks suspiciously like some sort of ground moraine. [enlarge]
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