Last pitch of "via del Galleria"
Last pitch of the Route "Via del Galleria", photographed from the top of the Pordoispitze. Given the Name of the route (galleria = tunnel) and the description we where expecting one of the usual old war tunnels that you find all over the dolomites. However it wasnt really a tunnel but this: The first one was squeezing behind a big tower in the middle of the wall, that was mostly detached from the wall. No chance to get through with a backpack on your back. Of course we all had backpacks with us ... lots of fun ... Also nowhere to built a belay, so the only option was to wedge myself into the tight offwidth, hoping that in case of a fall i would not be pulled out. The second "tunnel" is again an offwidth, between a tower and the main peak. However that got filled with scree and snow long ago, so there is only a small and dark, wet and cold chute left. Unfortunately thousands of tourist piss into the hole in the peak plateau, so you can smell the end of the route soon after you leave the last belay. But other than that: highly recommended route. Just make sure you are not claustrophobic and worthlessbelayophobic.
|Photo Location:||Europe: Italy: Dolomites: Sass_Pordoi|