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Primoz

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So that I won't be off topic this time, I will post it here :ogbiggrin:
Another day in Dolomites, and after all these years, we finally managed to run to one of nicest lakes on planet, at least for me. Waking up in middle of the night is must, first because weather forecast was promising more clouds, and maybe even some rain later on, and mostly, because it's pretty popular place, even though it's some 15km loop, and if you come there at "normal hour", there's 100s of people around the lake, and all the magic is gone for me.

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Views are breathtaking right from start of the run.

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Little rest, and enjoying those really amazing views next to the lake.

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Time to hit the trail and get back. Across the vally are Drei Zinnen mountains where we were few days back :)
 

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@wooglin I'm amazed in that last picture that you had a view of Franconia Ridge without a single other person in the picture! The two times that I have been up there, I shared the ridgeline with dozens of other hikers, and the top of Lafayette with hundreds of people. What a spectacular hike. The only long hike I've done in the Whites was the Pemi loop, and my two favorite views were from Lafayette and South Twin.

@Primoz Wow! I remember reading that there are very few glaciers left in the Dolomites, so it is special to see a glacially fed lake there. The Dolomites may have been the most beautiful place that I have visited, although I only saw a small piece of it and didn't see this lake. Are there any rifugios close to this lake? I hiked the first half of the Alta Via 1, and it was funny how some rifugios felt like they were out in the wild, and others had trams or roads leading right up to them. The wilderness has a very different feel in the Dolomites and other places in Europe compared with the United States. My very, very small experience is that the wilderness is more accessible but less "wild" feeling in Europe, but this is a broad generalization coming from very little actual experience. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that there are wild places in Europe that are less accessible and probably under-the-radar compared with the places that I have visited.
 

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@RJS there's hut some 200m away from the lake, but this hut is accessible only by foot. Some other huts have wide asphalt roads to it. Most famous in that area is definitely
Rifugio Auronzo under Drei Zinnen, where you have wide road leading up to the hut at 2300m above sea, with parking for several 100 cars up. But some huts are really in middle of nowhere and there's long hike needed to reach them.
As for "wilderness" goes, I would actually say you are right, but this has more to do with size then anything else. Just Yellowstone NP is pretty much half the size of my whole country (if Wikipedia is right, Yellowstone NP is 8991 km², while Slovenia is 20271 km²). So when you have so little space, it's just not possible to have complete wild areas where you can walk for days without being in contact with any civilization. There are still totally wild areas in Slovenia and in Europe, but scale is much much smaller then in US, and feel is also different, because you literally can't get lost there, as if you walk in straight line, you are out of there in few hours... slightly different then when first road you might cross is 500km away :)
 
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@Primoz Wow! I remember reading that there are very few glaciers left in the Dolomites, so it is special to see a glacially fed lake there. The Dolomites may have been the most beautiful place that I have visited, although I only saw a small piece of it and didn't see this lake. Are there any rifugios close to this lake? I hiked the first half of the Alta Via 1, and it was funny how some rifugios felt like they were out in the wild, and others had trams or roads leading right up to them. The wilderness has a very different feel in the Dolomites and other places in Europe compared with the United States. My very, very small experience is that the wilderness is more accessible but less "wild" feeling in Europe, but this is a broad generalization coming from very little actual experience. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that there are wild places in Europe that are less accessible and probably under-the-radar compared with the places that I have visited.
My experience has been that the most "wilderness" places in Europe are found in northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland plus the interior of Iceland. That said, they pale in comparison to places like the Selway-Bitterroot, Gospel-Hump, and Frank Church-River of no Return Wilderness Areas in Idaho or the Great Bear, Bob Marshall, and Scapegoat Wilderness Areas in Montana. Much of Alaska and enormous parts of Canada take wilderness regions to a completely different level.
 

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Short and hot hike up the Five Lakes trail, which starts off Alpine Meadows Road. Caught a glimpse of what I think was the beginnings of the gondola construction.
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Also caught a glimpse of the top of the Headwall lift and Sun Bowl at Squaw Valley. Interesting to see where you’d end up if you went to low on Sun Bowl. You have to zoom in a little, but the top of the lift is top right in the photo, and Sun Bowl is the slope below and a bit to the left of the lift.
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Alpine Meadows in the distance. No snow in sight anywhere.:(
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Primoz

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Friend delivered new running vest, so mountains in my backyard were perfect place to test it... or maybe I just needed excuse to make this loop in summer heat :roflmao: As I wasn't feeling all that fresh, I skipped 2km on flat (plus same 2km on way back) and didn't start straight from our house, but I drove to next village and started from under the mountain. Almost 3 hours later (moving time was 2.5h) and after 15km and 1300m of ascend I was back at car, feeling that even if legs were anything but fresh, I could actually have those 2km for start, and another 2km for finish and could start from house front door. Oh well next time :)

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Top of second and longest climb on this loop. 600m of ascend in 35min deserves swing or two with such view :ogbiggrin: After this, it's only about 300m of ascend on ridge to highest point.

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But on the way to there, view to one of winter ski lines opens. In summer it actually looks worse then it really is when skiing it.

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Highest point of the run. I came from left and continue to right. Marking says 2h to village below this mountain, but it took me only about 45min (on uphill) so I'm still in normal shape for these mountain timeframes, where I need to divide marked time by 2 to get realistic time :) Down on right of photo is village from where I started.

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400m of descent, 200m of ascent and I'm on top of last climb for the day. Mountain hut, where I just run by, and my village just between those 2 trees creating opening on edge of this mountain meadow.

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Photo from the bench with one of nicest views around. A bit exposed, especially when considering whole bunch of kids are normally around, and straight off the bench you crash some 30m down over these rocks, but view is really amazing. Photo is not bad, but in reality it's way better, especially when it's like it was yesterday, when in whole run I met only 3 people.
 

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