We walked all the way to the Pedrotti hut in 3 long hours. Carring only gear and no tent, sleeping bag etc. made this approach seem a strall in comparison to the Maladeta one last week. The approach was snowy, but the views after the storm amazing. Crozzon di Brenta is the tower on the right of the below picture, with an 800m route of the guides....
We started with the Preuss route, soloed (up and down) in 1915 by 25-year-old Preuss (who died shortly after, at 27). We got to it following the Normal route - a little bit of ambience with ice helped us forget the numerous parties and the easy, loose climbing:
The Preuss route is a 5-pitch variation to reach the top of the Campanille Basso on pretty good rock. We gaped at the audace of Preuss in 1915, incredible feat. The summit was pleasant, hot and comfy:
The descent was also very pleasant, a couple of raps and a via ferrata quickly leading to the refuge. Partly due to this descent we decided to do another route on Campanille, hezitaing between a harder Graffer and an easier Fehrmann. Finally when arriving at the base there was already a party of 5 Catalans at the base of Graffer, we thus happily went with the easier option, Fehrmann. Here are the Spaniards at the start, with the impressive wall of the Crozzon behind them:
We went our way and the route proved very good - not overly hard, but it boasted 3 very good 60-meter pitches of sutained 5 climbing placing gear and admiring the views. Cathy following one of the good pitches, just as we came into the sun:
Unfortunately, sun abandoned us an hour after its appearance, and we had to finish the route in complete mist. It is fun climbing in the cloud, especially with the warming thought of the known descent and the close-by refuge. We saw another party of Italians rapping after a try on the Maestro route, and we did not hear anymore from the Spanish - the mystery remains if they managed to do a good job of the route finding on Graffer. Below is Cathy following one of the numerous misty pitches:
We finished the route quickly and made it to the hut in time for dinner - barley soup, shnitzel, and apple cake - gotta love Italian refuges! Today, we went down back to civilization. What next?