Missing a cable car can make you appreciate a good Guide even more
A TRUE STORY by Mark Hense – It happened July 13, 2017
I can hardly state how excited, although thoroughly overwhelmed, I was for my first visit to Europe in 2017. It was going to be a whirlwind 2 weeks taking me and my wife from Zurich to Venice to Cortina to Chamonix and ending in Wengen Switzerland. Part of the excitement was that as a newer climber, I had planned to climb in all 3 areas, which was pretty crazy for someone who had only ever been on 2 or 3 multi-pitch routes.
To enjoy our climb, we decided to hire a good guide.
Maybe the most amusing fact was that I decided the day before our climb that my wife and I would attempt our first via ferrata.
I figured we could climb so I assumed we should tackle the biggest one I could find. So through some poor planning we spent a glorious 4 hours up on via ferrata Tomaselli only to realize the hike out was another 2 hours and that the lift was no longer operating for the day. My wife still curses the cable car at Falzarego Pass for our very long hike back to the car!
Yes, it’s time to know a good guide, I thought…
Needless to say, we met Enrico a little worse for wear the next morning. We told him of our previous day to which he stated “Oh, you chose to do the most difficult one”. campanile val montanaia
After topping out, it was nice to get to walk back down and hear some stories from Enrico about exploring the mountains as a child and finding old war relics hidden in caves.
We all shared a lovely drink back at our hotel before calling it a day.
And as one last bit of fun, we ran into Enrico the next day as we ate some food and he passed by on his way for a haircut. Good times always with Enrico. Well, good enough that I came all the way to Kalymnos a few years later to climb again with him 😉
Mark Hense – www.areteconsulting.design