Shorter Walks in the Dolomites: 40 Selected Walks (Cicerone Mountain Walking S.) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/11
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A guidebooks to 40 day walks in the Dolomites. The walks vary in length from around three miles to full-day excursions, both in the high mountains and in valleys. The Dolomites are a prime holiday destination, with superbly located resorts connected by good roads and transport. There are vast expanses of forest, high-altitude rockscapes and seas of wild flowers. There is an extensive network of paths which link the numerous mountain huts of the region.
Gillian Price lives in Venice where she works as a translator. She has written extensively on walking in Italy, including Sicily, and the Dolomites. Gillian is a leading English-language authority on exploring Italy.
We had no idea how long it would take to drive even a short distance on the map. As it turned out, we stayed within a very small area as the roads are narrow and winding and we wanted to spend more time hiking and less time driving (although the scenery was spectacular!). We also had no idea how much the various lifts cost. It depended on the type of lift, location, and whether going one-way or round trip, but the ones we went on ranged from about 8-15 Euros per person. That can add up. Another thing we learned the hard way is that lifts close in the late afternoon and might be closed mid-day while hikers are at elevation and not yet ready to go down. You can always sit at the upper station, which likely has a cafe, and enjoy the scenery if they are not yet open for the descent. Be sure to check the closing time and make sure you beat it or it might be a painful, steep trip down.
The rifugios, or huts, are a delight. Again, coming from the US we had no idea what they would be like. They are much bigger and have more services than expected. You can get some great food and hot and cold drinks. They have restrooms which they prefer you to use rather than the countryside. We would have enjoyed spending nights at them had we known how to go about doing this. We look forward to returning!
Gillian Price has done an excellent job at putting together a rather comprehensive book of day hikes in the Dolomites. Note that there are many hikes available that are not mentioned. She picked a smattering of the best, and there is great variety.
I am still in the planning stage and have not done the hikes to see if the descriptions are accurate but without this book I'd be winging it.