|My Plan is to go by train to Bolzano, Italy and finalize a two week hiking trip in the Dolomites. There supposedly is an alpine hiking specialist at the tourist information booth in Bolzano that can help me finish planning my route. If there isn't then perhaps there will be some sports shops there that can do the same. I also need to buy maps there and anything I forget to pack. I'll list everything in my backpack on this blog just before I actually start out on the trail.
My tentative plan is to leave my suitcase in Bolzano and join the trail know as Via Alpina Eastbound to intersect the Alta Via 1 route northbound near Cortina and go north to Dobbiaco and then head west and south to Merano via local trails. Then in Merano I can soak in the hot springs and it should only be a one day hike back to Bolzano.
If time runs short I can always take the train from Dobbiaco to Bolzano, and there are also buses that run all over the place so I could hike down into a valley with a little alpine village any time and pick up the bus to civilization. I may have to do this a couple of times to get internet access too.
My first day of hiking should be May 30th, 2012 which is a little early in the season, so I'll have finalize my route based on what mountain huts are open.
The Huts sound really great. They charge about 47 Euros per night and include dinner, a bed including a blanket, and breakfast. You have to bring your own travel sheet, and a towel (if they have a shower). So my backpack should be fairly light with no food, tent, or sleeping bag to carry.
The two main trails that I'll be on should have other hikers, and the last part where I take local trails should be fairly isolated. We shall see.
I'm bringing my camera, so I'll post photos as I go too.
See you in about 10 days.