Yesterday, Boxing Day (Saint Stephen here in Italy), I went to Mount Marana (on the Little Dolomites) with my brother, following the usual path that starts at the right of Contrà Gebbani.
There were many more people that had our same idea; it was sunny and warm, even too warm for December.
I must say that it was harder than usual.
Maybe because I was heavy with winter clothes and a backpack (usually in Summer I hike on shorts and a water bottle), or I was heavy with the Christmas lunch of the previous day; or simply I’m out of shape (I don’t do much activity anymore).
The path was quite clean and dry until what we call the quarry. From there it was muddy (the snow was melting), with a bit of snow and a short part icy and slippery.
But nothing a 42yo out of shape couldn’t do.