I have heard from Eric the last two nights via his Garmin satellite communicator. He is safe and sound. The first day getting to the first rifugio was a wet one. His comment was: “Made it. Drenching cold rain drizzle.” Before he started out today he sent the following message at 9:38 a.m. : “Starting my hike in rain snow.” At 12:21 p.m. he sent the following message: “Arrived at rifugio. Safe and warm. Snow is sticking. Don’t know what is going on with the weather.”
I sent him an updated weather forecast. Should be clearing up a bit per the website for the Dolomites.
In one of his posts he sent a link to the Garmin where you can actually send him a text if you like.