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Trekking in the Dolomites: 5 must-have

If you are looking for one of the common packing lists for a hiking trip, this is not the right place. We wanted to create a list of the 5 non-material things you have to take with you during a trekking in the Dolomites. Maybe you might think they are less important, but in our opinion, these are the main attitudes to “take with you” during a trek 🙂

Common sense

“Common sense is the best thing in the world. Each one thinks he is so well provided for that even those who are never content with all the other things are used to not wanting more of it than they have.” (Renato Cartesio)

Common sense must already be applied in the preparation of any kind of trip. Once you set your route, first ask yourself whether the program is suitable for your physical condition.
Don’t be afraid to ask locals for help: it’s likely they will know whether a certain path is passable, if the route is technical, or they may have valuable information about the weather in the area.

No app will be able to tell you exactly how the weather will change from morning to afternoon, but the farmer, mowing the grass during your walk will know.

Anche Bart Simpson deve ricordare ad Homer che bisogna avere Buon senso
Common sense

Flexibility / adaptability

One of the best guidelines for trekking in the Dolomites is flexibility. We spend countless hours considering options. We do this not only for logistics on our end, but above all, for your safety. While on the trek, you may encounter a change of plans that was not listed on the itinerary, for example: due to a change in weather, you may be forced to walk down the valley, and skip a night in a rifugio that has been booked for weeks or months in advance.

Be adaptable. You most likely won’t get a private room in the huts to yourself. Set the expectation that you’ll be sharing spaces with other people in dormitories, sleeping in bunk beds. (Which is also why we recommend wearing earplugs, and a sleeping mask for those who like sleeping in total darkness 😉). Those who follow specific diets will not always be able to find the food they are used to eating, and will need to be flexible with what is available. The food supply in huts often doesn’t arrive by wheeled vehicles – in the best case, a hut will have their own cableway or supplies, but in some areas the refueling is done by helicopter.

Talking about lie in the huts: don’t be surprised if there isn’t 5G/LTE on your hike from hut to hut, and you most likely won’t have an internet speed off one trillion megabytes per second In the few riufugi that do offer WiFi service. Expect to be “out of pocket” while in the mountains.

From a true story:

The client comes to the hut and orders a sandwich. Once at the table he takes the first bite and asks the hut owner:
“Don’t you have today’s bread?”
The hut owner responds:
“If you want today’s bread, you have to come back tomorrow!”

La povera Marge Simpson non riesce a dormire a causa del russare di Homer
We’ve already had some sleepless nights

Respect

Respect could be part of the paragraph dedicated to common sense, but we think it is better to dedicate a space to it. Respect begins with greeting the other people you meet along the paths. A nice “GOOD MORNING” when you meet someone or a “THANK YOU” when someone gives you way, is always welcome. Also because on a trekking in the Dolomites, many times you will meet the same people in the huts, where beautiful friendships can be born.

Once you have arrived in the hut, do not pretend to be in a hotel with all the luxury and flexibility. In the huts there are timetables to be respected. If the hut indicates that dinner is served at 7.00 pm, it is better to be on time and respect it.

Guests often may not realize the behind-the-scenes logistical challenges of operating a hut high in the mountains: as already discussed, there are many creative solutions for getting food and supplies for tired mountain travelers. However, buying food just to try, and then sending back half a plate of uneaten food is a NO-GO. We want our guests to understand, and respect the hard work that makes a system like this work.

From food we move on to respect for nature. Leaving tissue to cover “your needs” is NOT a sense of respect. Of course, we know that when you have to run… run! In this case, some foresight. The ideal act is certainly what every good dog owner does with his friend; he collects and then throws it in the most suitable place.

Here we could start a long discussion about using plastic bags but, since it is all nature, we propose to bring some sheets of toilet paper with you. We do not use paper towels, which are thicker and not as biodegradable.

  • do “your need” in a well sheltered place
  • wipe yourself
  • cover with toilet paper and put a rock on it so that the wind doesn’t blow it away, still better if you find nice leaves instead of toilet paper
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Respect

Awareness

During the trekking in the Dolomites, you should be aware of what you’re doing. You should be aware of the decisions you are making, but also of the natural beauty you see around you. And, while we’re at it – the framing of that beautiful flower or landscape you are photographing for your Instagram post!

Forget the numbers, the mileage of the stages, the difference in altitude for a moment. Look around and ask yourself “What am I doing? What am I looking at?” and live the moment consciously immersing yourself in the mountains as the wise Goethe said:

“The mountains are quiet masters and silent disciples.”

What Am I Doing? on acast
What am I doing?

Good mood

Where are you going if you don’t have a good mood? During a hut-to-hut trek of several days, it can certainly happen to have a few bad days: the ones where you have blisters on your feet that hurt, or after a few days of incessant rain. Also in these situations, try to find a positive vibe. This is even easier when you travel with a group of people, and maybe a guide who knows how to bring out the best in every situation.

Homer Simpson felice
Good mood

A Bonus for those, who join a trekking in the Dolomites with Holimites

🎶 Possess a good (but not necessary) voice:
our guides are not looking for X-Factor singers, but simply those who are daring to sing a few notes of “Edelweiss” or other alpine songs.

You can be a great hiker or a great singer. The two rarely match 😂

Dolomites, everything we love!

Trail Runner into the Dolomites
💚 #everythingwelove

Dolomites: the Covid-19 emergency brings a lot of uncertainties in our life. Here in South Tyrol, Phase 2 started some days ago. What exactly this means is also a big question.

We are getting our freedom back step by step. Enterprises and shops are now permitted to open their doors, and social life move slowly and finds its way back to normality. Hairdressers and beauty salons need to be patient for another couple of weeks. And what about mountain huts and hotels? There is no answer for them yet, but they are working on that.

We of Holimites want to take this new beginning as an opportunity, and to make the best out of it. If plan A isn’t manageable, we try it with plan B. If plan B fails, no worry, there are still 24 more letters in the alphabet.

One thing is sure: life after Covid-19 will no longer be the same. This can sound scary to us, as we are used to having things “under control,” but we can use this time to examine the things that are really important to us.

Quality over quantity – the Dolomites offer a lot of space

Amazing panorama on the Dolomites
The Dolomites offer a lot of space

We and our guests don’t need anything else! Crowded streets and shops are missing in the Dolomites, which makes it for us easier to keep the required distances. Nonetheless, we are conscious that this will be an extraordinary summer season. Extraordinary doesn’t need to be worse, it will just be different.

Every single guest should be valued. This has been the guiding line for long time in our small, family-owned businesses. It shouldn’t just be: “the guest of room 111”, but “Mrs. Jones or Family Smith,” and at the end of their vacation maybe: “Harry, Jessica and Emily.”

Time to treasure the small things!

Let us not take away the serenity and the joy of making vacation in the Dolomites. It’s ALL ABOUT THE SMALL THINGS and about giving things a different appreciation.

We keep the focus on three simple things

On the adventurous and spontaneous part of us. All of us know that the best things in life happen without any plan. Let us just enjoy day by day. Stop planning everything in advance and start to take the day as it comes.

Girl fills her water bottle straight from the source
The best water is straight from the source

On sustainability: let’s improve our quality of life. Let us consciously pay attention to the quality of things. Let us treat our valuable resources with care and respect. Let’s try to do more for ourselves and more for nature itself. For example, let’s try to avoid water in plastic bottles, the best (and most sustainable) water in the Dolomites comes directly from the tap.

Sunrise in the Dolomites
Being instead of appearance


On authenticity and the desire to go more towards “being” instead of appearance. Let’s just put all the cards on the table. The Dolomites are unique and beautiful. It is only up to us humans to love them as they really are. Let’s not try to change them, try make them adapt to our needs making a amusement park out of them.

What could be more authentic than participating in a tour from hut to hut (like the motto: “back to the roots”) with us? While getting to learn our local knowledge, culture and traditions?

The new work look at Holimites

38th day of lockdown #istayhome in Italy
33rd day of what is called “smart working”. Where smart is just talent you must have of organizing your working hours, the household and the homeschooling of your children.

We are living in such a strange situation. It seems to be in a parallel, surreal world. Our eyes are facing most of the day a screen, refrigerator and pantry are just some steps away. There is a prohibition of physical activity in the outdoors (as we are used to). It feels to be like passengers of the Axiom spaceship of the Wall-E movie (see here)

Passenger of Axiom in the movie Wall-E
Passengers of Axiom

As soon as the lockdown is over we will feel like cows after a long winter season. Have you ever seen them? They are happy and pawing like never before on the first day they can leave the stable:

Before we can jump outdoors again, we are trying to do our best to make our work from home as comfortable as possible, yes right we are still working from home. So we are happy to announce the new BSW bed-sofa-work style. A pajama that can be used within your home. Comfortable for any situation and useful even for a few minutes of Yoga.

At this moment we have only a few mockups, but we are (seriously) looking for a company that could produce these pajamas for us. We are certain that this piece has potential!

Igor

Ladin Easter traditions in the Dolomites

We would like to take you on a journey through the Ladin Easter traditions in the Dolomites.

A very popular custom is the “cufada”, the game of the hard-boiled* eggs. 
Pick uo theEaster eggs and leave only the end uncovered. Beat the eggs alternately against each other: first the two tips, then the flatter sides.
The winner is the one whose Easter egg remains whole. The strongest egg wins and the winner receives the opponent’s broken egg as a trophy.

*for a great prank you could also take a raw egg 😂😉

Children playing the game of the hard-boiled eggs. Ladin Easter traditions
Ladin Easter traditions: la cufada

We take you with us during our “cufada” on Easter Sunday.
Watch this video and guess which egg will be the strongest…


🐣 Maundy Thursday: the Easter eggs are painted traditionally on this day.
Natural materials such as onionskin, flowers, leaves and herbs are used.

🐣 Easter Sunday: a special decorated basket containing ham, colored Easter eggs, pretzels (sweat bread) and horseradish root (cren) are taken to the church to get blessed during the Easter mass. In ladin this is called the “Benedì”, the blessed meal.

🐣 Easter Monday: A special and thrilling day for young man that usually begins on March 19th (St. Joseph’s day) where a young man will woo the young lady with their feelings and will tell her that he will collect his eggs on Easter Monday. The young lady decides how many eggs she wants to give to the man. And this number is also the answer: all man visiting her will receive 2 eggs as an Easter gift and as a thank you for the visit, 4 eggs is the answer to those the girl will turn down and 6 special decorated eggs are given to the luckiest one.

For this Easter we wish you a lot of colorful Easter eggs, your Holimites team 🐰

Read more: the history and culture about the Ladins of the Dolomites

The CoVid-19 lock down from my point of view

„Life at the limit“ in the Dolomites

First of all I would like to introduce myself: I‘m Astrid and I‘m working for Holimites since 8 years now. At the beginning as a full-time staff member und since the birth of my first daughter thankfully part-time. My role in Holimites is to keep everything under control, to take off some work from my bosses and to help my colleagues wherever it is possible. So as they say I do everything and anything!

In this blog I won‘t speak about numbers, facts or medical speculation. It will be all about my thoughts and how my everyday life changed during this crazy situation.

The state of emergency

The emergency started for me with February 23rd. The Coronavirus (CoVid-19) was at this time just something you could hear in the news. Sure, nearly all regions of North Italy were already affected, but here in the Dolomites all seemed still to be ok. The winter season was going on and we simply didn’t have any time to think at something different than keep on working for our winter guests.

It was the end of February when the virus turned my life upside down: the day care center for babies closed, also kindergarten closed and if all this wouldn‘t be enough it was peak season. I think I don‘t need to add anything else. 😮

At the beginning of March everything happened really fast: suddenly events were cancelled, opening hours of bars and restaurants were cut to a minimum. All this had no real sense, because plenty of tourists were still enjoying their vacation on the slopes. And then it came quicker than expected: hotels had to close and had to invite their guests to go home as soon as possible, lifts have been closed and suddenly all the “things” that we were watching on TV were here in the Dolomites and they were all real (as also for the rest of Italy).

At the moment we are starting the third week of lock down and I‘m slowly starting to get my everyday life under control, I’ve been able to nearly satisfy all family members. I said slowly because there are still a lot of moments where I‘m not able to keep myself calm 🌋.

Please don‘ t understand me wrong … I love my children more than anything else, but I‘m not the typical mum, who is happy to do the full time mama and housewife. I‘m a working person: I love it to go into the office and carry on my works. This time-out from „being mum“ keeps the right balance in my life. And it is exactly that balance that I‘m missing during this days.

Home office: working during the lock down
Home office during lock down in the Dolomites

My thoughts are currently busy with my job, trying to find the best possible solution to get out of this economical disaster. Booking requests are history, instead we are managing right now just cancellation and refund requests. A hard time for a travel agency!

Gratitude

Probably I‘m complaining too much. I know that I can consider myself lucky. My bosses are simply amazing: I can settle my working hours as it fits me the best, so actually I‘m working while the girls are sleeping. The rest of the time I play with my children in the garden or inside (now I really appreciate to have a large house with a garden).

But the most important thing of all is that all the people I love are safe and healthy…a thing that is not obvious at all now.

Let‘s see how it will go on…but one thing is sure. I will go on, no matter how long I will walk in the darkness, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Astrid