torstai 9. elokuuta 2012

Failed plans and quick freeride at Monte Brione

Mika Huhtamaki
At the top of Monte Brione.
I bet that everyone has a day or two during their holidays when things won't go as planned. Our Thursday was a day like that. Initial idea was to sleep a little longer than normally and then head to a via ferrata or to a climbing crag. Morning started as planned but during the noon the plan started to drift between different ideas. Finally we decided to head towards Massone which is also known from the Rock Master climbing festival. But during the approach we heard a distant sounds of a thunder and soon after that it started to rain. Once we arrived to Massone the rain was already getting harder and at that stage it was obvious that climbing wasn't an option for the day. Still it was clear that Massone crag looked promising and we would be back later. Once rain got harder we decided to head back to Villa Nicole.

Meeting with a German trail heroes!
Luckily the bad weather didn't lasted forever and in the evening there was still enough time left for a short freeride run. I have been riding at the Monte Brione trail only if there is nothing special for the day and during the late hours when the mountain is empty and silent. This was just a perfect day for the Brione ride. Climbing up to the hill takes about 30 minutes and I got there just before eight o'clock. At the top of the Brione I met also a small group of German trail riders who had exactly the same plan in their mind, to head down via old mountainbike trail. Last year the trail wasn't ridable because trees were cut down on it. Now the trail was in a better shape thanks to German riders who have been cleaning the path.

Evening view over Arco.
Sunset is a great time for a ride, temperature is just right and colors of the view over Arco were excellent. After a short photo shooting session it was time to head down. German riders had done a good job, trail  wasn't completely clean but ridable. Day wasn't spectacular but the view over the Sarca valley during the sunset was beautiful.

Mika Huhtamaki / Author & Editor

Mika Huhtamäki is a part time amateur rock climber, mountain biker and a snowboarder from Finland who travels often in Italy.

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