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Guide to Mountain Huts in the Italian Dolomites

Rifugio in the Civetta Mountain Group There are lots of trails and climbs in the Civetta Mountain Group and there are plenty of mountain huts throughout the range. Many of the “via normale” ascend through the eastern side, along the trails used by the first climbers, starting at the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai (see below), while other ascents are along the celebrated north-western wall, all reaching either the summit of Monte Civetta itself or the ‘lesser’ peak of Punta Tissi (2,992 m). Rifugio and Mountain Huts in the Civetta Mountain Group The Mario Vazzoler Rifugio, at the Col Negro di Pelsa is situated at 1,714 m at the head of the Val Corpassa and at the base of Monte Civetta, in the municipality of Taibon Agordino. It is open only seasonally, but a nearby bivouac is available during the winter season too. The Capanna Trieste Rifugio, (1,135 m), is one of the most frequented (and easy) access to the hut, through the tarred road that ascends the small valley formed by the Corpassa stream; one can then continue from there on foot along the road that becomes (gravel road); the hut is reached in about 1h30.      The Vazzoler Rifugio (1,714 m) is located at the entrance of the Val Cantoni, which gives the ascent to the Civetta is possible through a historic alpine path (Alping rating of III; 1,500 m of gradient). Above the hut, the Cantoni di Pelsa open up: these are a real swarm of needles and pinnacles over which many climbing ways have been traced. The most important peaks are the Campanile Pian di Lora, Punta Agordo, Cima dell'Elefante, Cima del Bancòn, and the ‘Torre’ and ‘Gnomo di Babele’. Guarding the Val Cantoni are the two grand towers – of massive appearance and well-known in the mountaineering circles – of Torre Venezia and Torre Trieste.            The Sonino al Coldai Rifugio (2,132 m) is situated in the in Val Ziolere, in the municipality of Zoldo Alto, in the heart of the Civetta group at 2,132 m. The hut can only be accessed on foot through the following trails: from Palafavera in about 2h and from Alleghe in about 3 h.   The Tissi Rifugio (2,250 m) is an Alpine hut situated on the Col Reàn in the municipality of Alleghe, in the vicinity of the great north-western wall of Monte Civetta, at 2,250 m. The hut was inaugurated in 1963, and it is dedicated to the famous mountaineer from Agordo, Attilio Tissi. It can be reached in 1,30h - 2h from the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai through the Forcella Col Negro; another possibility to reach it is from the Rifugio Vazzolèr in about 2 h.

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Guide to the Mountain Huts in the Italian Dolomites

Rifugi (Mountain Huts) located in the Brenta Mountain Group Italy Travel Guide - Italian Dolomites In summer, in the central area around the main Brenta Mountain Group's, mountain huts is one of the busiest regions in the Alps; nevertheless, the Brenta Dolomites are still wild enough to accommodate bears roaming the area. Many of the Brenta Rifugio also have interesting stories to tell,  and sometimes historical value as well; such is the case of Rifugio Tuckett-Sella, for instance, which owes its due name to the political situation when the two buildings composing it were erected. The Tuckett-Sella Rifugio -  the central position of this hut, makes it an ideal starting point for many excursions and ascents, especially for those accessing the Dolomites from Madonna di Campiglio. The Brentei  Rifugio is also located in an ideal position at the centre of several paths and trails, not very distant from the vertical walls of the Punte di Campiglio. The hut is encircled by the Val Brentei, closed to the east by a rock boulder and overshadowed by the massive Crozzon di Brenta; it is also flanked by the northern side of Cima Tosa – the two peaks separated only by the so-called Canalone Neri (a sort of canyon), usually filled with ice even during the summer.From there, one can continue on to Rifugio Tosa, beyond Bocca di Brenta; the path is long and presents a couple of exposed sections equipped with metallic steps and ropes. Closer by is Rifugio Alimonta; the path that climbs to this latter hut – immersed in a splendid Dolomitic amphitheatre and crowned by the peaks of the Sfulmini – is demanding but short. The ascent to the head of the Val di Brenta is less frequented and decidedly harder: following an initial flat stretch on a forestry road a steep section follows, which climbs up to the hut. The last part is the most strenuous of all, and very exposed to the sun too. The central ridge in the Brenta Dolomites is lower than that of the Adamello, running at about 2,400 meters – even though it peaks at the respectable height of 3,173 m at Cima Tosa. Mostly, the isolated turrets that form the summits of the Brenta Dolomites are inaccessible for all but the most experienced climber; so, to the average trekker, they will 'just' be a scenic backdrop – albeit a magical one. As such, they offer many highlights, including the Crozzòn di Brenta – a vast wall of grey rock – and the already mentioned Campanile Basso: a perfect square tower of 400 meters that is one of the grandest rock formations featured in the whole Dolomites.

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The Guide To The Mountain Huts In Italian Dolomites

Rifugio and Bivacchi in the Catinaccio Mountains The Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountain group of the Dolomites is not a large range, but it has a high number of ‘Rifugi’ (Alpine huts). This is both good and bad: good because it has opened up many great trails and ascents throughout the group, but bad high number of tourists, hikers and mountaineers in the area, especially during the summer months.  Plan ahead and expect more crowds the closer you stay to the main transportation points.  CATINACCIO MOUNTAIN GROUP DOLOMITES RIFUIGO The Ciampediè Rifugio (1,998 m, open in the summer season but also in winter) is situated in the township of Vigo di Fassa,  which it can be easily reached via cable car (like the Rifugio Negritella, 1,950 m; open summer only), but it can also be accessed via chairlift from Pera di Fassa. There are various walking connections which can be used by excursionists; between Rifugio Ciampediè and Rifugio Gardeccia, for example, one can follow the characteristic “Sentiero delle Leggende” – a walk suitable to all, which explains with wooden boards the most popular Legends of the Dolomites, such as the one on King Laurin just mentioned above, so important to this the area. The Gardeccia Rifugio (1,949 m; summer only), as mentioned above, the Gardeccia is connected to the Ciampediè hut by a trail, and is located within the township of Pozza di Fassa; together with Rifugio Catinaccio (1,946 m) and Rifugio Stella Alpina (1,972 m) (both summer only) all three huts can also be reached from Pera di Fassa by shuttle service. The Vajolet Rifugio (2,243 m; open summer only) is another Alpine hut within the territory of Vigo di Fassa, and one of the most important in the area. Its origins can be traced back to 1897, when a building was built by the German Alpine Club, to which further buildings were added until the last enlargement in 1912, before the hut finally became Italian in 1923. The Vajolet hut is located in a location known as “Porte Neigre” ('Black Doors'). Sitting right under the (towers) Torri del Vajolet, it has a position that makes it an ideal starting point for several excursions and mountaineering ascents. The Preuss Preuss  (2,243 m; open summer only) is near Rifugio Vajolet, also situated in the municipality of Vigo di Fassa, at 2,243 m. The Preuss Rifugio was built in the 1920s through the efforts  of the famous local Alpine guide and mountaineer Tita Piaz, and it is dedicated to another – lesser known – Austrian alpinist, Paul Preuss. Like the Rifugio Vajolet, it is also located in the area known as “Porte Neigre” – under the Torri del Vajolet – on a rocky crag suspended above the Vajolet valley (‘Vallone del Vajolet’), just a few metres away from the historic Rifugio Vajolet. The Re Alberto Rifugio (Gartlhütte) (2,621 m; open in summer only) is an Alpine hut located in the township of Tires/Tiers, in South Tyrol. The first construction dates back to 1929, when Marino Pederiva erected a small wooden cabin, which was then acquired by the great Alpinist Tita Piaz, who in 1933 had the first 'Rifugio' built up here. The hut name is to honor Albert I, King of Belgium, who used to make his excursions in the Dolomites together with Tita Piaz, accompanied also by the Alpine guide Vitale Bramani and others. It was extended and restructured on a couple of occasions, until reaching its actual aspect.  From the Re Alberto hut it is easy to reach the Piz Piaz (2,690 m), the Torre Delago (2,790 m), the Torre Stabeler (2,805 m), the Torre Winkler (2,620 m) and the ‘Anticima Nord’ of the Catinaccio (2,911 m). The Passo Santner Rifugio (open summer only) is located in the township of Nova Levante/Welschnofen. It is set up against the two imposing walls of Cima Catinaccio, which with its 2,981 m is the second highest mountain in the whole range. To the east it is connected through a glacial valley to the Re Alberto mountain hut, while to the west a precipice falls sheer for almost 1,000 m, crossed by the 'Via Ferrata del Passo Santner', in turn connecting this hut to the Rifugio Fronza alle Coronelle. The construction of the Passo Santner mountain hut dates back to 1956. The Principe Pass Rifugio (2,601 m; summer only, but occasionally open on winter weekends also). It was erected in 1952, and its first construction took place in the valley floor, then it was dismantled and brought to altitude on backpack, piece by piece and reconstructed there! This Alpine hut is composed of two separate small buildings, right on the Passo Principe, by the opening between the Cima Piccola di Valbona and the Catinaccio d'Antermoia, the highest peak of the entire group. It is located in an ideal position for starting several excursions and ascents. Nearby Rifugio Duca di Pistoia, at a much lower altitude (1,774 m), is open all year round. The Fronza alle Coronelle Rifugio (2,337 m; open summer only) can be reached also with a cable car from Passo Costalunga. it is located in the township of Vigo di Fassa, in the western sector of the range. It is located at the foot of the wall of Cresta Davoi, in a dominant position overlooking Passo Nigra. It is the base for excursions on the Coronelle and to the Cima Roda di Vaèl, when ascending from Passo di Vaiolon. The roundtrip around the Cima Catinaccio passes through the ‘Via Ferrata’ of Passo Santner, the Vajolet Towers and the Passo delle Coronelle (or of Vaiolon). The Roda di Vaèl Rifugio (2,283 m; open summer only) is also situated in the territory of Vigo di Fassa. It was built in 1906 by the German Alpine Club, and it was then given to the Italian Alpine Club in 1921 by the military authorities, after this part of the Alps was annexed to Italy. The Alpine hut was then completely renovated between 1983-86. It is located on the southernmost fringes of the Catinaccio, which makes it a good starting point for several excursions and ascents in that part of the range. It is very close to the Baita Marino Pederiva. The Baita Marino Pederiva (2,275 m) is a small Alpine hut (in fact, it doesn’t even bear the name ‘Rifugio’). Like the previous facility, it is on the southernmost fringes of the range, and it affords a useful base from where to explore this section of the massif. The Bergamo al Principe Rifugio (Grasleitenhütte, 2,134 m; open summer only). is located on the western side of the Catinaccio, in the Valle del Ciamin. It was built in 1887 by the German Alpine Club, and later acquired by the Bergamo branch of the Italian Alpine Club (hence the name), which renovated it several times. It is a perfect starting point for excursions in the upper Val del Ciamin and for ascents to the Torre del Principe and the Pizzo di Valbona (2,802 m). The Antermoia Rifugio (2,496 m; open summer only), is one of the numerous mountain huts present in the Val di Fassa basin. It is situated in the Vallone d'Antermoia, just a few hundred meters away from the lake bearing the same name, which is along the route of the yellow itinerary of the Via Alpina. The original building that hosts the Antermoia mountain hut dates to 1911, but it was renovated in the occasion of the opening of the yellow itinerary of the Via Alpina in the 1980s. In the last few years the ‘Rifugio’ was fully equipped with photovoltaic panels, thus turning to clean energy while providing valuable information to the visitors on the use of renewable energies. The Alpe di Tires Refugio (2,440 m; also summer only, usually until half October, but even during the winter season it will provide some basic accommodation) is located in the township of Tires/Tiers, at the foot of the Denti di Terrarossa (Rosszähne), on the watershed between the Val di Fassa and the Val di Tires/Tiersstal, in the territory of the Parco Naturale dello Sciliar/Naturpark Schlern. The Alpe di Tires mountain hut was erected after WW2, at a time when poverty was still forcing many people to emigrate. Maximilian Aichner – a local boy – thus decided to climb the northern face of the Catinaccio d' Antermoia and reach in that way the Denti di Terrarossa, at the foot of the Alpe di Tires (Tierseralm) itself. From there he reached the Passo Tires, where he started to build the original hut in 1957.

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Guide to the Mountain Huts in the Italian Dolomites

RIFUGIO AND BIVACCHI IN THE ANTELAO MOUNTAINS   The Antelao Mountain Group is close to the major populations, but it's ruggeness and steepness makes it more difficult to explore.  Sitting in the Veneto Region this is great place to explore when you are visiting the Italian Dolomites.  The Antelalo Mountian Group has a few primary Alpine Huts (Rifugio) to utilize as you explore the trails and climbs. The Galassi Rifugio (2,018 m) is one of the functional bases that can be used for more prolonged or demanding excursions on the mountain’s upper elevations. From there, one can reach the summit in 4 hours, but as anticipated earlier, this is not something for everyone, and the ascent should not be attempted unless one is an experienced mountaineer/rock climber (also, to make things more challenging, near the summit there used to be a bivouac – the Piero Corsi – which has been declared out of use since 2011). The Galassi mountain hut can also be used as a base for excursions along the ‘Alta via n. 4’ and ‘Alta via n. 5’ (Multi day trails 4 and 5). The Capanna degli Alpini Rifugio (1,395 m) can be reached from Calalzo di Cadore along the solitary Val d'Oten, which is almost carved between the walls of the Antelao on one side and the jagged peaks of the Marmarole (2,932 m) on the other. In the vicinity of the mountain hut, there is also a picturesque waterfall, the 'Cascata delle Pile'. The Prapiccolo Rifugio (1,366 m) is accessed from Pozzale, a village near Pieve di Cadore, and also from there it is possible to connect with paths leading further up in altitude towards Rifugio Antelao and beyond. OTHER MOUNTAIN HUTS IN THE ANTELAO MOUNTAIN GROUP

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