Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sleeping with Casanova

While preparing for our imminent trip of 6 nights on Monte Rosa, we have decided that it would be a good idea to get our bodies acclimated to the high altitude a week early.

My husband and I are joining the other young couple, who will be with us for the week of the glacier course and climb, for a night at another "Mantova" lodge. This one is on the mountain peak Vioz in the Gruppo del Cevedale north of Trento.

The climb itself should be quite short and fairly easy. Our objective is not to tire ourselves out too much. We just want to get to know each other with this teaser of a trip as well as sleep up high where there isn't much oxygen in the air. That night's slumber will happen at 3535 m (11,600 ft).

But maybe our male companions should think twice about taking their women up there because we'll be in the company of Casanova! Yes, the lodge manager's name is Mario Casanova, as in the famous Venetian lover from the eighteenth century. Of course, that one had Giacomo as a first name.

Will our Casanova be providing any extra services?

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