Ivano Dibona - a long but easy Via
The ascent in 'buckets' was fun, but following a coach load of Italians on the route was a bit tedious. So Andrew (who I was minding, as it was his first VF) and I overtook them. Eventually we waited for an hour at the foot of a scree slope as the rest of our party failed to appear. The Italians (all 50 of them) frustratingly drifted past. Then at last our group appeared, together with Rupert, Alys and Chris who had already been up Cima di Mezzo (a 3 hour route in itself). Unfortunately, whilst aging Andrew was fine, slightly more aging Julia (70 this year) was finding the going tough.
We were only half way, after 5 hours. So shortly after this everyone else went on and I stayed with Julia. After we had been narrowly missed by a thunderstorm the weather cleared - it was a beautiful evening and a lovely sunset. We eventually reached Ospitale at 9.15. Fortunately beer and food was 'on tap' here, and was really most welcome.
Here are Julia’s reflections:
‘The euphoria passes; what am I doing at the foot of this iron ladder, with a drop of several hundred feet behind me? Being none too keen on ‘ice-cream-cone’ [‘bucket’ – Ed] travel there was only one way to go – up. Clip on at the top of the ladder and I’m away on my first ever VF. A cave, a gun emplacement to explore, a 23 metre wooden suspension bridge to cross – no worse, in fact better, than some Himalayan bridges. Just don’t look down.
Sue always behind, keeping an eye
on my novice moves. A whole new world up here. Lunch at an airy WW1 lookout
point; energy spent on the walk, not on digestion!
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