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Dragger - Oct 20, 2008 7:02 pm - Voted 10/10


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


rpc - Oct 20, 2008 7:12 pm - Hasn't voted


Hi Carolyn,
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 :)

Joe White

Joe White - Oct 20, 2008 8:44 pm - Voted 10/10


Thanks for posting this man! I love watching another cool couples adventures with rock! Great stuff dude :)Keep em commin'



rpc - Oct 21, 2008 1:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Radek

Thanks Joe - been enjoying your photos as well. One of these days we'll make it up north to Squamish :) take care.

Joe White

Joe White - Oct 21, 2008 1:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Radek

when you guys come up, we'll host ya!


rpc - Oct 21, 2008 1:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Radek

Thanks Joe! know, if fancy strikes you guys to head south for say Smith, do let us know as well.


rpc - Oct 21, 2008 12:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool TR!

Thanks Jeff - definitely different & damn cool climbing esp. Dolomites (looong moderates).

M and N Denyer

M and N Denyer - Oct 21, 2008 1:15 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic Trip

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.



rpc - Oct 21, 2008 1:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic Trip

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,

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Oct 22, 2008 11:17 am - Voted 10/10

Cool stuff

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 ...

Take care!


rpc - Oct 22, 2008 12:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool stuff

Hi Gangolf,
"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? ;)


tomi - Oct 22, 2008 12:07 pm - Voted 10/10

Your trip was a blast!!

Congratulation Shirley & Radek! Wonderful TR and images. Dolomite Region is my favorite area.


rpc - Oct 22, 2008 12:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Your trip was a blast!!

Thank you very much Tomi! A beautiful climbing place!

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Oct 25, 2008 2:11 am - Voted 10/10

Great balls of fire!

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. ;- )


rpc - Oct 26, 2008 10:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great balls of fire!

"Well, almost. ;- )"

:) hehheeh - Thanks Brian! Appreciate the kind word Sir!


mvs - Oct 26, 2008 12:22 pm - Voted 10/10


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!


rpc - Oct 26, 2008 11:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Hi Michael,

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,


mvs - Oct 27, 2008 1:54 am - Voted 10/10

Re: wow

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.


woodsxc - Oct 26, 2008 1:17 pm - Voted 10/10


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.


rpc - Oct 26, 2008 11:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Epic

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).

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