GET VERTICAL by SALEWA
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GET VERTICAL describes exactly what I have been doing the past weekend. I have been exploring the vertical dolomites around San Martino di Castrozza-Trentino. Salewa was sending ten winners of the #SALEWAGETVERTICAL event and me to explore the natural aesthetics of San Martino di Castrozza – Trentino. The word aesthetics definitely describes the surrounding of that little village right in between of enormous peaks.
After enjoying an easy warming up climbing session with Simon Gietl (pro climber and sponsored by Salewa – he whispered me some tips) and canyoning on Friday afternoon, the whole team was reaching after a short hike the Refugio Rosetta (2578m). The location of the Refugio is great, it looks like being on a moon field, it is based on a plateau and you simply can find rocks everywhere. We actually got a lovely dinner including fresh Italian pasta and some nice red wine. The food was super yummy and also the owners where friendly. At 10 pm the hut closes its doors and the lights are getting turned off, as they want that the guests get enough sleep for their long tours the next day.
Saturday morning a group of 6 people – two groups including one mountain guide (Aquile San Martino) each – was leaving the Refugio Rosetta to reach the basecamp of #SALEWAGETVERTICAL event on top of Pala di San Martino (2987m) via del GRAN PILASTRO. The Gran Pilastro is a 600 m wall which faces south west. We have been starting quite early after having breakfast. It took us around 1 hour to reach the start of the tour. The hike to the wall was pretty funny as we had to follow a track which was made for horses to bring the rich people to the peak Rosetta 100 years ago. Slaves made those tracks. It was quite impressive if you think how they had to build the track. Lorenzo, Simon and I wanted to reach the peak as soon as possible and therefore we started quite fast. It was a lovely alpine climbing tour, level 4-/5. As it was quite windy my fingers where freezing the first couple of hours, the climbing was nice as we have been such a great team. The great surrounding of the dolomites made it much easier to climb such a long route. It took us around 6.30 to 7.00 hours reaching the top, including a lovely chocolate break with a great view 🙂 Lorenzo our mountain guide was super funny and friendly.
The others of the #SALEWAGETVERTICAL have been taking a different route to reach the basecamp on almost 3000 m. Up there the team was already waiting for us. WE MADE IT, after such a long climbing session we made it to the top and the team welcomed us with beer. It was such a great feeling, reaching the top, going over your limits and then friends were celebrating with you the great success. It has been fabulous! While having a great Italian dinner on almost 3000 m, we have been enjoying the great sunset view.
Sleeping in a tent on 2987 m was even for me something special, as it has been a while since I slept in a tent. The night was super windy, but I actually was sleeping great in the Salewa sleeping bags. Right on time of the sunrise which was happening between 5.00 and 5.30 am, I woke up and couldn’t believe that strong atmosphere. The beautiful landscape and the silence, just listening the wind power was balm for my soul. Those exciting moments are why I woke up that early. It makes you happy.
As it was been a cold night (-5 degrees) and windy we kinda had some quick breakfast on top before we climbed the typical way back to the Refugio. The route was a mixture of a fixed-rope route and a ferret in the mountains. We kinda climbed around spires, it was pretty impressive, as the rocks have been very loose you had to focus on your steps, not smashing any rocks down.
Back in reality we had lunch before we were leaving back home. To sum up, I really enjoyed the great alpine climbing tour in the San Martino / Dolomites group. Alpine climbing has been my passion for a while now and I always try to get better and better 🙂 Towards that the great friends I made while enjoying to explore the dolomites is something very valuable and I am glad that I have been a part of the #SALEWAGETVERTICAL team.
Everyone of the team pretty much has chosen the tour he/she wanted, reaching their own limits, meeting new people and having a great time – thats why we where all traveling to San Martino die Castrozza.
Check out the following pictures to get some impressions about our great trip. Maybe you are going to be part of our next #SALEWAGETVERTICAL event.