Judy & Steve Pardoe welcome you to...    Monte Baldo, Lake Garda, Italy, July 2000

We were staying just above Riva, a pretty town at the head of Lake Garda in northern Italy. We took the first ferry from Riva the village of Malcesine on the eastern shore, and then had to queue for over an hour to get the cable car to Monte Baldo. We then walked south, over the Pozzetta summit, and on to the highest point on the ridge, Cima Valdritta. It turned out to be a lot further than we'd anticipated, and we only just made it by our self-imposed turn-around time of 3 pm (leaving safe time to get back for the last cable car down). It's clear that very few tourists get far beyond Pozzetta, but probably think they've done the lot.

The village of Malcesine, on Lake Garda, with the long ridge of Monte Baldo behind

Judy, and the view south along the ridge towards the Pozzetta. Cima Valdritta is way beyond

Leaving the Pozzetta, the path becomes more interesting

One of the traverses, unprotected and with huge exposure. There's a short section of via ferrata on the peak in the background. Alarmingly, a section of chain has been mended by a piece of accessory cord...

Judy among the dwarf pines, with the ridge behind her

The summit cross at last! The true summit is just a little higher, and can be seen in the background. I scrambled over to it, but it wasn't worth the effort

Steve resting below the summit cross, with Lake Garda below

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