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the Piz Boe is the highest point in the Sella mountain group. Only the day before, we had ridden our bikes around the Sella group, and now we were climbing (without bikes) in the middle of it.

 

we started from the top of the Vallon ski lift (on the hilltop behind below left from Tony), with some hiking on loose limestone rocks
 

then climb on snow in order to reach the steep rock-climbing section
 

Ken climbing on the rock but with his harness attached (by yellow slings) to the cable for (partial) protection
 

Tony working out the moves, with a thought-provoking drop below
 

ahead + above is a waterfall which we must traverse under (get wet), then climb up steep on its other side
 

Ken on the steep section after going under the waterfall
 

Tony down-climbing to reach the cable bridge to go underneath the waterfall . . .
 

. . . and into the steep section
 

lots more mushy snow above after finishing the steep rock section -- often laborious and tricky to hike on (or in)
 

the final ridge to the Piz Boe summit (altitude 3152m) with a solar panel and refuge shelter -- and we had some interesting hiking and scrambling on the rocks on the ridge along the way
 

We discovered that the Capanna Piz Fassa refuge served food, so we each fueled for the descent with two apple strudels - (Ken's cycling shirt works fine for climbing mountains)
 

three hikers still coming up the non-climbers route which we're using to return down to the ski lift -- so much mushy snow that our shoes were soaked long before we finished
   

We thought it was a "non-climbers" route, but with this steep gully filled with snow it got tricky and strenuous. Our legs were pretty sore for bicycling the next day -- but we were just glad to get back down to the lift before it closed for the day.
 


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