If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably see that I often post stories about my weekend adventures with my husband. I don’t tend to share too much personal stuff on here as I always tell myself that nobody wants to read it. But with so many wonderful comments and messages over the last few weeks, I realised that I should share more of my life “behind the scenes”, including the things that I get up to when I’m not photographing wonderful couples in beautiful locations. In my free weekends, Menno and I like to go on weekend adventures, so I thought I’d start taking you along. One of my highlights from this spring definitely has to be hiking in the Dolomites for Menno’s birthday.
Weekend Adventures – Hiking In The Dolomites
You may have noticed that I’m ever so slightly in love with a particular region in Northern Italy known as the Dolomites. I first visited there in spring 2017 and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been back since. For anyone that loves nature, beautiful scenery and loves a good adventure, a weekend the Dolomites is pure heaven!
It only takes two hours from Innsbruck to get to the Dolomites, and once you get to the area there are so many incredible places to explore. For Menno’s birthday we headed down to Cortina d’Ampezzo for the weekend to do a couple of day hikes. On the first afternoon we hiked up to Rifugio Vandelli and Lago Sorapis which was still frozen over, and the next morning we decided to tick off one of the most famous locations in the Dolomites from our must-see list. Somewhere we’ve both wanted to see for a long time.
The Drei Zinnen (in German) or Tre Cime (in Italian) are the famous Three Peaks that are one of the Dolomites’ many iconic locations. You can reach them from different directions, and with varying degrees of difficulty. In the summer it’s even possible to drive all the way up to the Rifugio Auronzo via a toll-road, which sits at the base of the peaks.
Since we visited in spring, before the road was open, we parked at the bottom and hiked up to the peaks via Rifugio Auronzo. The hike was fairly straightforward, except for the relatively large amounts of snow on the ground. Thankfully we packed our crampons so that we could cross the snow with relative ease, and we made it up to the three peaks in around 2 hours.
The view from the top was stunning and not only did we have fun taking lots of pictures, but we also found some tunnels in the rocks above leading to a via ferrata route which we definitely want to go back and explore further in the summer.
The weather was pretty overcast for most of the day, and as the afternoon went on very menacing storm clouds appeared on the horizon. Thankfully we managed to get 3/4 of the way down before the heavy rain started.
Day 1 – Lake Sorapis & Rifugio Vandelli
Day 2 – Rifugio Auronzo & The Drei Zinnen
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