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Dolomite Mountains Ltd, To Host Hikers along World War Is Via Ferrata Commemorating Centennial of War to End All Wars

October 17, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Italy’s active leader in guided and self-guided mountain travel, Dolomite Mountains Ltd. http://dolomitemountains.com/en/home.htm, in 2014 will lead three scheduled departures and arrange custom tours that retrace impressions made in World War I (WWI) on the formidable collection of mountain peaks known as the Dolomites.
Set departures of an 8-day itinerary exploring the Via Ferrata (iron path) of WWI and trekking the Alta Via (high routes) are July 5, Aug.2 and Sept 6, 2014. Guides will immerse participants in the stories, ruins and remnants of this historic route on this, the centennial year commemorating the start of the “war to end all wars.”  See:
http://www.dolomitemountains.com/en/summer_fall_trips/haute_routes495.htm?list=haute_routes&id=495&depart=108&book=0

Imagine the Dolomites from 1915-1918 as WWI raged across the peaks and valleys, with Austrian and Italian soldiers, often friends from neighboring villages, fighting each other. In these sad years that saw Italy face the German and Austro-Hungarian armies on alpine battlefields, the soldiers tried to make their lives in the mountains as easy as possible. Soldiers here (and in other regions) dug long tunnels inside the mountains with dynamite and picks, built suspension bridges across deep chasms, iron paths and refuges (mountain shelters) that literally hung on sheer cliffs. Some vestiges of this history are in their original state; others have been renovated and transformed into open air museums on the mountains of Lagazuoi, Marmolada, Tofane and Col di Lana.

“The iron paths that have been opened originally had nothing to with the true spirit of mountaineering or the passion for the mountains. But today these paths stand as silent witnesses of some of the most tragic and memorable events of WWI. This itinerary can make us stop and consider the horrors of all wars, while admiring a breath-taking panorama. The consciousness of what happened in this incredibly beautiful area can give a small contribution to the cause of Peace,” said Agustina Lagos Marmol, Dolomite Mountains owner.

The rate for this eight-day program is €1990. The hike suggested for well-trained hikers in good and active physical health begins in Cortina d’Ampezzo and ends in Alta Badia. Included are a local English-speaking guide, logistics and map of the area, accommodations, some meals, Via Ferrata equipment, lifts and cable cars in the area, luggage transfer on day four, local medical and evacuation insurance and Italian VAT tax.

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