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Tuesday, July 17
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We could see, dimly, through the heat and haze all the way down to Lake Garda, about 30 kilometres to the south. Below us was a wide panorama of the Sarche valley, and we could see most of Pietramurata -- including the small dot marking where we put the second rental car -- our ultimate destination.
courtesy PChen
courtesy PChen
Jenn and Daryl at lookout
Andrew capturing end point
Straight down to the endpoint
Now looking forward to finishing the climb, we ascended up through patches of dense deciduous forest, a few ferrata steps, and some steep grassy meadows. Suddenly, the trail ended - on a gently undulating grassy crown - the summit area of Monte Casale! A lonely-looking tractor was slowly making its way around the field, cutting the grass.
courtesy PChen
courtesy PChen
The Sarche Valley
Interesting flower clump
Hiking to the summit
courtesy PChen
Pu hikes last bit of trail...
Last bit of trail...
Monte Casale summit plateau
We removed our climbing gear and walked amongst green fields towards the summit cross (which isn't actually at the summit) and from there to the actual summit. The breeze was strong up here, and the temperatures at least 10 degrees cooler than below (or so it seemed). There are views to the nearby Brenta Dolomites and the more distant Adamello range from the summit. Probably more distant peaks could be seen if the day hadn't been so hazy.
courtesy DBoyd
courtesy PChen
Daryl nears summit plateau
Climbing gear: off!
Heading to the summit cross
courtesy PChen
Jenn at cross
We came from down there
Pleasant summit walk
courtesy PChen
Way, way down
A grand but hazy view
Summit marker
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