Thanks! If you view the original and zoom in you'll see another tiny party far below. They were fast though! It was a guide and client...they caught us at the top of the thumb.
Seemed like he'd just run up with no gear, put his client on belay and do it again. Very efficient.
And the ridge scenery as well, of course!
I'm getting ready to take a trip to the Dolomites this September for 3 weeks. This route, the so-called "Daumenkante" is now "on the list!"