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The Full AV1 (combining 2012 and 2013 trips).

The name "Dolomites" is derived from the famous French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu who was the first to describe the rock, dolomite, a type of carbonate rock (calcium magnesium carbonate) which is responsible for the characteristic shapes and colour of these mountains.

 
Venice (Murano Island)
Sep 6, 2012

Glass making is the main industry here. And the seafood - really yummy :-).

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Venice (Main Island)
Sep 7, 2012
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Travel to Dobbiaco
Sep 8, 2012

Starting point of AV1 trek. Dobbiaco is 1400m.

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AV1 - Day 0 (Dobbiaco) - 2013
Sep 1, 2013

A warm up walk along the valley from Dobbiaco to Lago Braies

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AV1 - Day1 (Lago di Braies to Rif Sennes)
Sep 9, 2012

Distance - 9km, Grade - Red3. Hard. 6 hours 30 minutes.

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AV1 - Day2 (Rif Sennes to Rif Fannes)
Sep 10, 2012

Distance - 9.5km. Grade - Blue3. Easy. 5 hours.

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AV1 - Day3 (Rif Fannes to Rif Lagazuoi)
Sep 11, 2012

Distance - 14.5km. Grade - Red3. Hard. 7 hours.

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AV1 - Day4 (Rif Lagazuoi to Rif Dibona) - 2013
Sep 12, 2013

The World War 1 tunnels - dug by Austrian troops to defend against attacking Italian troops on Lagazuoi.

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AV1 - Day5 (Rif Dibona to Cortina)
Sep 13, 2012

Not part of the AV1 strictly speaking. But - we were rewarded with great views and snow as well.

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AV1 - Day6 (Rif Nuvolau)
Sep 14, 2012

Took a chair lift from Rif Balin de Dones to Rif Scoiattoli - and then follow route 439 up. Rif Nuvolau (2575m) has the best viewpoint of Dolomites along the AV1.

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AV1 - Day7 (Back to Cortina) - 2012 trip
Sep 15, 2012

Walking along the valley floor after coming down from Rif Nuvolau - back to Cortina. End of AV1 for this round in 2012.

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AV1 - Day 7 (Rif Nuvolau to Passo Giau to Rif Citta di Fiume) - 2013 trip from here onwards

Descend Rif Nuvolau in snow. Walk to Passo Giau. By the time I got there, no more time to proceed to the other 2 sections. We called a taxi to take us to the nearest trailhead and walk up from there to Rif Citta di Fiume.

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AV1 - Day 8 (Rif Citta di Fiume to Rif Vazzoler)

A very tough day with lots of climbing

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AV1 - Day 9 (Rif Vazzoler to Passo Duran)

Stayed in the BEST of the rifugios along the AV1 route (with attached bathroom and toilet) - Rif San Sebastiano.

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AV1 - Day 10 (Rif San Sebastiano to Rif Pian de Fontana)
Sep 1, 2013

1000m up, followed by 1000m down.

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AV1 - Day 11 (Rif Pian de Fontana to La Stanga - then to Belluno)

Phew - the last day of the AV1. From La Stanga, took the Dolomitti Bus to Belluno.

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Belluno
Sep 16, 2012

Belluno is the provincial capital of the Italian Dolomites. Early 12 Century architecture figures strongly in the old city centre.

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Padova (Padua)
Sep 17, 2012

One of Europe's oldest city (backdates to 40 BC). Saint Anthony Basilica and Scrovegni Chapel are the main attractions.

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Milano + Lake Como + Cinque Terre
Sep 1, 2013

The Fashion capital of Italy (Milano). 2 day tours to Lake Como and Cinque Terre.

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