02-Jun-2004 -- 02-Jun-2004 – It was a warm and sunny morning on this Italian holiday. I started my motorbike trip early from Bruneck (Brunico) to see a friend at Lago Maggiore – and to visit the CP 46°N 11°E, some km northeast of the Lago di Garda.
Travelling south through the beautiful valley of the river Adige, I left the course of the river at Trento to try to catch the CP.
As part of my preparations I had packed a copy of a topographical map of the area and thanks to the description of the first visitors (Captain Peter and Hans Augdoppler) it was not difficult to find an appropriate starting point for my undertaking.
Half way between the village of Stravino and the small town of Cavedine I followed a field pass, leading east into the foothills, covered with patches of new vineyards. Here I left my motorbike and started my walk at 13:45 through the dense mountain forest on my way to the CP.
For the first part I followed old forest roads, cut into the steep slopes of the mountains. Later on, I had to leave these useful paths and find my own way through brush-wood, guided by my GPS-navigator. – A game of chance, cause it was hardly possible to receive more than two or three satellite signals at the same time, for keeping track of the way.
After a 50 minutes walk, I found some openings among the crowns and I was within a 90 meters radius of the CP (according to what the navigator told me). After another 20 minutes dance to close the reception loop on 940 m above sea level (twice the navigator had led me dangerously close to the precipice just north of the CP), I finally took some photographs of the spot, with an accuracy of 60 meters.
The way back was a little easier and quicker and allowed me to spend some time among the young vines above Stravino and enjoy the sunny afternoon.
At 16:00 I left this beautiful place and headed west to reach the Lago Maggiore before dark.