The going gets tough. One must pass the Chamois Fork, after climbing the gully of the same name. The environment is marked by the lack of vegetation; this is the realm of stone and ice. Crampons will be useful to overcome the small icy section on the Vedretta dei Camosci. From the fork, the small XII Apostoli shelter with its small church carved into the rock will be visible below.
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From Rifugio Brentei, take the mountaineering trail “Daniele Martinazzi” SAT 327 (EEA – MD), which crosses the bottom of Val Brenta, passing at the foot of the icy wall of Canalone Neri, and climbs up the opposite slope until it takes you just below the northern edge of Crozzon di Brenta. From here, advance along the west face and reach, on equipped rocks and snow, the Chamois Mouth (m. 2784) by crossing the Vedretta of the same name. We then descend to the XII Apostoli Shelter (m. 2487) in about 45 minutes, walking on scree along the Equipped Mountaineering Trail of the Ideal SAT 304 (EEA – MD).
Rifugio Brentei can be reached from Madonna di Campiglio, Val Rendena. From the village one drives to Loc. Vallesinella and walk up the SAT 317 trail to the refuge in 2:30 hours of walking. In summer there is a shuttle bus service from Madonna di Campiglio to Loc. Vallesinella. The Martinazzi Trail can prove technically challenging, especially early in the season when there is still plenty of snow along the trail. Before embarking on this section of DBT Expert check with refuges for trail conditions and necessary equipment. Editor’s note: In the little church at the XII Apostles Shelter every year, on the last Sunday in July, a Holy Mass is celebrated dedicated to all the fallen of the mountains, attended by hundreds of mountaineers and the S.O.S.A.T. Choir.
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May to September