August 27, 2013
The bus leaves Bressanone at 9:33 a.m. from a stop near the town's university, line 321 towards St. Andrä. Fare is free if you have Brixen Card which one can obtain at any hotel in Brixen.
The gondola ride, also free if you own a Brixon Card, takes about 15 minutes. It must be a scenic ride but the clouds obscure most of the views today.
A leaflet taped to the gondola's window suggests that there is a guided tour offered today (and every Tuesday) at 10:00 a.m. The hike from the top of the gondola directly to Rifugio Plose is estimated to be approximately 1.5 hours. The tour takes 5 hours of hiking time along route #14, also called Via Panoramatica Dolomiti. It seems there will not be any panoramic views wowing us today but we have plenty of time and decide to take the tour.
The Refugio is surprisingly quiet. It's us three, a family of noisy germans, and later a group of three more trekkers arrive. Just when we think this is it, couple from Colorado adds to the count. They join us for a dinner which is included in the cost (we are offered a choice from special mountaineering menu, 3 items for first course and 3 items for second course) and we spend the evening with them discussing various adventures around the world.