|Looking down from the Bödenalpe|
We left Durrensteinhutte at about 8 and it was already raining hard. The landlady told me that the weather was going to stay bad and that it was impossible to walk to Sexton in a day. Still, it hadn't snowed and last night she told us the path would be impassible if it did.
The first 2 hours were spent following the E 34, a fine path, and the work that had gone into its construction suggested the hand of the first world war military. We were just to the north of the old front line and there were military installations all along the route. At one point the path was carved out of the face of the cliff and at another it tunnelled through it.
|Carved through the cliff|
Dropping down five hundred metres or so the density of military ruins - concrete rifle trenches and tiny forts - increased, presumably to stop the Italians coming up the pass.
On the other side of the road we took a trail up along the Val Rinbon, following the river and gradually climbing. It was miserable. We knew there was lots to see but clouds covered everything and we were getting wetter and wetter despite being encased in Gortex.
The "Drei-Zinnen" - the three peaks - are one of the most iconic sights in the whole of Dolomites. Three giant jagged teeth, the subject of millions of postcards, but today completely covered by cloud. Still the Drei- Zinnen-Hutte provided a chance to escape the rain, get some warm food and thaw out.
It then stopped raining, not exactly sunny but the clouds did lift enough to remind us what a magical place the Dolomites are for walking. Huge cliffs everywhere and paths heading off in all directions. Just a glimpse had us saying that we had to come and walk this stretch again on a better day.
|Descending down to Sexton from the Drei-Zinnen-Hutte|
Tomorrow we start the Carnic Way proper, the last week-long leg of the trip. The weather forecast is not good.
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