Passo delle Erbe

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We’re in the beautiful Dolomites and the weather forecast is awful – what to do?

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Martin’s last day, and we had hoped to do Stelvio. But the long drive and terrible forecast meant that we decided to be just slightly less ambitious.

Passo delle Erbe is a big, beautiful climb …. at least we have been told it is beautiful …. but we were rained on throughout and fog/clouds blocked the big views. At just under 2000m it’s a serious mountain – hard work. Martin had his climbing legs and absolutely outrode me today …. and patiently waited as I descended like a (wise?) coward.

After adding 5 layers, we survived the descent and battled the long, slightly uphill return. The last 5 kms it absolutely dropped buckets … but at the lower altitude, we decided to remain cheerful (and drenched).

Below: A hint of view from the top:

Passo delle Erbe

But we had fun. I’ll post an elevation/grade chart when I get a chance …. but the climb is very variable … sometimes easy sometimes extremely steep. But a worthwhile addition to any visit …. especially if sunny.


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