Day 17 Durrensteinhutte

From today there are three of us - we have been joined by Paul Agius from Spain who is going to walk with us for the rest of the trip.

Not an auspicious start for the new enlarged group, poured with rain all day and we decided we would have to modify our route. Real shame because Christine and I were looking to visiting the Lago do Braies, the northern starting point for the Alta Via 1, a trip, one of our first, which we did about 10 years ago, (an amazing walk by the way). The forecast was snow above 2,000 metres and nobody seemed to think it was safe to make the trip, much of which is exposed and over 2,200 metres.

So we took our time this morning, caught a train and a bus, went down the Hohlensteintal Valley to the Schluderbach Carbonin and walked for a couple of hours up through the trees to the fabulous Durrensteinhutte (Rifigio Vallandro). Given the weather they were surprised we had turned up.

We are not on the Carnic Way yet but already we are hitting relics from the Austro/Italian First World War front line. Next to the hutte is an old fort with what looks like tunnels running into the ground below and, sitting right on top of the summit above the Hutte, in an incredibly exposed position, is an old gun emplacement.

From the window at Durrensteinhutte

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