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Thursday, July 19
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There was another person who arrived at the top about the same time we did - a young man who introduced himself as Giulio. He was a worker at a nearby rifugio to the west, and had a few days off, so he decided to come spend it in the Pale.
courtesy PChen
Big dropoff
The summit of La Rosetta
Giulio was planning to bivouac out in the open on La Rosetta's summit, and was a little concerned that the folks at the nearby rifugio Rosetta (where we were staying) might find out and make him move on (apparently this kind of open bivuoacing is not allowed). We told him that mum was the word....

After a fine sunset, we leisurely headed back to the rifugio, watching the blue dusk of twilight slowly descend over the altopiano.
courtesy PChen
Heading back
Cross and moon
Calling Helen
In the distance, directly behind the rifugio, we could see the prominent outline of the Civetta, one of the major peaks in the dolomites, and the probable objective of our next ferrata outing. Daryl took the opportunity of good cellphone reception to call back home and talk to Helen, his expectant wife.
Rosetta at dusk
Bright light shone out of the windows of the main dining room in the rifugio - a dining room full of boisterous kids enjoying a night at 'camp', Italian-style. We headed up to our rooms, feeling tired and fulfilled from our long day. The rifugio was overflowing from the large class of kids that had invaded. In fact, they had even set up temporary cots in the hallways.
Hustle and bustle
The thumping, giggling and running continued on, unabated. Every so often, a class attendent (or rifugio employee - I couldn't be sure) would come upstairs and give the italian equivalent of a loud 'sush', which had a lasting effect of about 45 seconds. We wondered if there was any sort of real curfew to get these guys to quiet down.

Shortly after 10pm, though, there was a pretty successful imposition of the start of quiet hours, and I was impressed with how quickly everything quieted down. In the end, it was no trouble at all to fall into a deep, restful sleep.

Below is the interactive trackmap, elevation profiles, and climb / hike data for the full two days of our climb in the Pale (even though you haven't read the day 2 description yet, which is on the next page).
Interactive Trackmap & Photo Points - Bolver Luigi Ferrata Climb - Click map to expand
Elevation over Distance
Elevation over Time
Climbing Log for Bolver Luigi Route
Start Time: 8:55a.m.
End Time: 4:15p.m.
Duration: 7h19m
Distance: 5.66 km (3.52 mi)
Average Speed: 0.8 km/hr (0.5 mph)
Start Elevation: 6388ft (1947m) *
Max Elevation: 9849ft (3002m) *
Min Elevation: 6379ft (1944m) *
End Elevation: 8488ft (2587m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 3875ft (1181m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 1776ft (541m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Evening Sunset Walk
Start Time: 8:23p.m.
End Time: 9:27p.m.
Duration: 1h3m
Distance: 1.76 km (1.09 mi)
Average Speed: 1.7 km/hr (1.0 mph)
Start Elevation: 8188ft (2496m) *
Max Elevation: 8993ft (2741m) *
Min Elevation: 8185ft (2495m) *
End Elevation: 8493ft (2589m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 690ft (210m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 486ft (148m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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