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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]
Observing the scenery
Jenn and Brian observe features on the high walls around them. [enlarge]
Alpine memorial
A pretty little shrine uphill from the rifugio Brentei commemorates the fallen alpine pioneers of the mountains. [enlarge]
The Way of Passes
The 'via delle bocchette', or the way of passes. [enlarge]
Adamello Mountains
A panoramic view of the Adamello mountains, as seen from above Rifugio Brentei. [enlarge]
On the way to Alimonta
The path on the way up to the Alimonta Rifugio from the Brentei Rifugio. [enlarge]
Detassis sign
The sign marking the junction to the Detassis Ferrata. Rifugio Alimonta is off to the right and up. [enlarge]
Rifugio Alimonta
One of the higher rifugios of the Brenta. We pass it on our way to the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Rifugio Alimonta
A sturdily built place, to be sure. [enlarge]
Alimonta dinner bell
This is what appears to be the dinner bell in front of the rifugio Alimonta. [enlarge]
Sfulmini Glacier
Although hardly much of a glacier anymore, there is still a bit of glacier ice high up near the gap (aka the Boccah di Molveno) where we will be joining the Via delle Bochette ferrata. [enlarge]
Brian and Rifugio Bell
Brian stands silhouetted against the Rifugio Alimonta's Dinner Bell. [enlarge]
Climbing Till
The route goes from the Rifugio Alimonta to the gap at the top of the Sfulmini Glacier. There is a bunch of glacial till to cross to get there. [enlarge]
Looking up-glacier
A view just below the toe of the remnant of the Sfulmini Glacier. The start of the ferrata section we will be doing is on the right side of the gap (called the Boccha di Molveno) in the center of the picture. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Andrew crampons up
Andrew crampons up the Sfulmini Glacier to the start of the ferrata section. [enlarge]
Busy start
This is the Boccha di Molveno, or the Molveno gap. Located at the top of the Sfulmini Glacier, it is the start of one of the middle sections of the via delle Bochette ferrata. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Wired on a Ferrata
Appropriately, Andrew reads 'wired' magazine while waiting for his turn to clip into the ferrata wire. [enlarge]
Airy start
Looking down at the start of this section of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
Via delle Bochette section start
A plaque on the start of this section of the Via delle Bocchette. [enlarge]
Jenn on airy ridge
Jenn cross a short but airy ridge not long after starting the ferrata section. [enlarge]
Starting the ledge
Jenn and Brian start the famous ledges section of this part of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
Starting the ledge
Jenn and Brian start the famous ledges section of this part of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
Stupid Clouds!
Unfortunately for us, daytime clouds have started to move in, obscuring the fantastic views. [enlarge]
Ledge around a corner
The Via delle Bocchette leads around a corner. [enlarge]
Intermediate unprotection
This is one of the intermediate unprotected sections of the route. Although the guidebook says they are very exposed, they are really IMO not that bad. [enlarge]
Brian on big wall
If you look carefully through the mist, you'll see Brian making his way along a pretty big wall. [enlarge]
Famous ledges
The impressive ledges of the Via delle Bochette lead across impressive big walls. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Andrew sidelined
Andrew detaches from the wire to let an oncoming party pass [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Andrew unclipped
Andrew waits on a ledge while an oncoming party passes. [enlarge]
Jenn on a ledge
Jenn traverses a dead flat section of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
Getting narrower!
This is a section of ledges that gets quite narrow. [enlarge]
In and out
In this picture, you can see how the ferrata goes in and out along the topography, but doesn't change elevation at all. [enlarge]
Almost cavelike
A shot looking out from one of the alcoves one encounters along the ledge system. [enlarge]
Unprotected in the mist
A bit of unprotected section along a section of the Via delle Bochette [enlarge]
Finally a bit of clearing
The clouds part a bit to reveal a view across a gap. [enlarge]
Misty Towers
Misty Towers along the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
courtesy BConnell
Jenn and Andrew on outcrop
Jenn and Andrew take a break on a rocky outcrop along the Via delle Bochette [enlarge]
Naming plaque
A plaque indicating the commemoration and naming of this section of the Via delle Bochette. [enlarge]
The Campanile Basso
A good view of the towering Campanile Basso ('the lower tower'). [enlarge]
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