Radek, you guys are just too cool! What a way to spend the summer!!!! I know you're still working on this, so I'll stop back by later, but it's simply fantastic. But now fess up -- how did you manage to get so much time off??? :D
thank you very much for your visit & the nice words! The place I work at gives a long vacation every 7 (loooong) years of service :)
Thanks for posting this man! I love watching another cool couples adventures with rock! Great stuff dude :)Keep em commin'
Thanks Joe - been enjoying your photos as well. One of these days we'll make it up north to Squamish :) take care.
when you guys come up, we'll host ya!
Thanks Joe!...you know, if fancy strikes you guys to head south for say Smith, do let us know as well.
Thanks Jeff - definitely different & damn cool climbing esp. Dolomites (looong moderates).
Radek, great trip report! Glad to hear that you made such good use of your time off! The climbing looks incredible. Hope all is well.
Thanks Natasha! Yeah, it was great to get a taste of a different area & climbing type :) Everything's good with us - hope you guys are doing well too. Take care & best wishes,
Looks like you did the who is who of routes in the Dolomites but the unknown (to me) Meteora towers look even more interesting. Funny the routes all have German names.
I always had intended to ask you about possible Polish origins but somehow never got to it. Now I don't have to anymore ;-)
Now for your next long vacation in seven years - I could suggest some very interesting alternatives - Sardinia comes to my mind ...
"Looks like you did the who is who of routes in the Dolomites "
I don't know about that - there's several lifetimes worth of great looking routes there...even our humble tick list would need a couple more months there :)
"Meteora towers look even more interesting"
Truth is that we first saw Meteora here on SP like a year earlier & been wanting to check it out. A very unusual (& amazing!) place with some cool climbing. The older & classic routes were developed by German climbers hence the nomenclature. The guidebook authors are German as well (& still active putting up new routes I think).
" I always had intended to ask you about possible Polish origins " :) yeah, it was very nice to see my family & those days bumming around a city were a nice change of pace.
Thanks for visiting Gangolf. Cheers.
PS "Now for your next long vacation in seven years "...let us see where the world economy is by then...will there be an economy still? will there be a world? ;)
Congratulation Shirley & Radek! Wonderful TR and images. Dolomite Region is my favorite area.
Thank you very much Tomi! A beautiful climbing place!
Just when I thought you had disappeared. Fantastic TR and photos. This one is going to take me a long time to examine.
Almost makes me wish I worked at the same place to get a sabbatical like that. Well, almost. ;- )
"Well, almost. ;- )"
:) hehheeh - Thanks Brian! Appreciate the kind word Sir!
Amazing trip you guys! I'm just in tears that I didn't get to climb with you or meet up in Munich. The Indian food restaurant is just down the street from me! But what a wonderful trip, congratulations!
were not sure if we were going into Muich's downtown (vs. waiting things out at the airport) till we got there. The place we went to was next to (2 blocks?) the "Rathouse". Is that the one close to you? Our internet access was almost non-existent in the Dolomites (weather forecasts were obtained from the motel front desk mostly). I too am sorry we did not get a chance to meet you finally. Thank you very much for all your helpful beta (your rack suggestions were right on!). Best regards,
Yes, I know that place. Actually it's a 6 minute bike ride! :). Glad the rack suggestion was useful. Oh well maybe next time! As a matter of fact, I had that Tofana pillar picked out as a climb for us, so good call with the route selection! Italian internet is pretty cumbersome, esp. with the new "anti-terror" law that always requires you to show your passport. I'm super glad you got in so much climbing despite the rainy weather. I've pretty much given up on the month of August, which I'm conditioned to thinking of as the best month on account of the PNW.
By far the largest, most intense trip I've read about in a long time. It sounds like it was quite an adventure. How tall are those 16 or 18 pitch towers? 800 feet, 1000? Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much - appreciate the kind words! The pitches in the Dolomites were on average similar to what you'd see in the US (say, 60-160 feet for the vast majority)...say 100 feet/pitch. The interesting thing about limestone (new to us), is that you can get moderate/easy lines on fairly steep rock (good features).