A l t a V i a 2

Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy

A multi-day journey along a dramatic section of the AltaVia 2 long distance alpine trail between Brixen (Bressanone) and Wolkenstein (Selva) in the Italian Dolomites. The route stays high in the jagged limestone mountains of the largely German speaking South Tyrol, with comfortable overnight accommodation in a series of remote and scenically located Italian Alpine Club refuges.
Setting out from the charming town of Bressanone (Brixen). ISO 25, 4.15mm, f /2.2, 1/140 sec, 4.15mm , Apple iPhone 6s; ISO 200, 20mm, f /2.8, 1/60 sec, E 20mm  F2.8, Sony Nex-7

The challenging first leg, with over 2k of ascent. Pack lighter next time. ISO 400, 20mm, f /9.0, 1/160 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Trail markers keep you right. ISO 100, 20mm, f /2.8, 1/80 sec, E 20mm  F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Much of the route goes through national parks and is popular with many outdoor activities. ISO 200, 20mm, f /2.8, 1/400 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

High on a ridge with tremendous views of the peaks in the surrounding Dolomites mountains range. ISO 200, 20mm, f /16.0, 1/60 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Alta Via trail marker. ISO 400, 20mm, f /2.8, 1/4000 sec, E 20mm  F2.8, Sony Nex-7

The 'Needles' of the Puez Group from Plose Hut (Plosehütte). ISO 100, 20mm, f /7.1, 1/125 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

The 'Needles' of the Puez Group from Plose Hut (Plosehütte). ISO 400, 20mm, f /11.0, 1/250 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Setting sun, Plose, near Plose Hut (Plosehütte). ISO 400, 20mm, f /16.0, 1/60 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Pastures & fences, Plose, near Plose Hut. ISO 200, 20mm, f /8.0, 1/30 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Pastures & fences, Plose. ISO 400, 20mm, f /7.1, 1250 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Sunset view of the 'Needles' of the Puez Group from Plose Hut. ISO 100, 20mm, f /16.0, 1/8 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

The route's pretty well marked, but these 1:25ks from the Map Shop were never out of hand for long. ISO 100, 50mm, f /1.8, 1/250 sec, E 50mm OSS F1.8, Sony Nex-7

Setting out from the busy Schlüterhütte. ISO 400, 20mm, f /14.0, 1/160 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Shots of the Geisler Group, near Rifugio Firenze. ISO 100, 20mm, f /16.0, 13 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Shots of the Geisler Group, near Rifugio Firenze. ISO 100, 20mm, f /16.0, 30sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Shots of the Geisler Group, near Rifugio Firenze. ISO 100, 20mm, f /16.0, 65sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

At the Außerraschötz viewpoint, far above the Villnöß Valley. ISO 100, 20mm, f /14.0, 1/250 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Looking across the next stage of the journey and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  ISO 100, 20mm, f /14.0, 1/320 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

A characteristic prominent wooden crucifix at the Außerraschötz viewpoint. ISO 100, 20mm, f /14.0, 1/80 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7; ISO 100, 20mm, f /10.0, 1/320 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Easy day on road to next stop at Brogleshütte. ISO 200, 20mm, f /16.0, 1/320 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Arriving at the picturesque and friendly Brogleshütte. ISO 100, 20mm, f /13.0, 1/30 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Arriving at Brogleshütte. ISO 200, 20mm, f /11.0, 1/160 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

ISO 100, 20mm, f /4.5, 1/400 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Night time. Cows, pigs, chickens and late arrival walkers tucked up in the barn. ISO 200, 4.15mm, f /2.2, 1/17 sec, 4.15mm, Apple iPhone 6s

One of Brogleshütte's barns. ISO 100, 20mm, f /8.0, 1/400 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Aided section across mountain pass (Forcella Pana). ISO 200, 20mm, f /2.8, 1/125 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Panoramic view of Sassolungo from Forcella Pana. ISO 100, 20mm, f /7.1, 1/200 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Sassolungo from above Val Gardena. ISO 100, 50mm, f /4.5, 1/320 sec, E 50mm OSS F1.8, Sony Nex-7

Walking through pine forest. ISO 100, 20mm, f /4.0, 1/500 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Crossing the rugged limestone of the Puez Group towards Val Gardena. ISO 100, 20mm, f /4.5, 1/250 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

View of building clouds over the Sella Group.  ISO 100, 20mm, f /4.5, 1/125 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Crossing the rugged limestone of the Puez Group towards Val Gardena. ISO 100, 20mm, f /6.3, 1/320 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Descending towards Selva Val Gardena. ISO 100, 20mm, f /4.5, 1/200 sec, E 20mm F2.8, Sony Nex-7

Gardena Castle, Val Gardena. ISO 100, 50mm, f /4.5, 1/525 sec, E 50mm OSS F1.8, Sony Nex-7

Back in Brixen (Bressanone). Various Apple iPhone 6s and Sony Nex-7

ISO 100, 50mm, f /4.0, 1/40 sec, E 50mm OSS F1.8, Sony Nex-7

Various Apple iPhone 6s and Sony Nex-7
ENDE/FINE/FIN

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