This incredible alpine shelter on Monte Cristallo, Auronzo di Cadore, Italy, was built during World War I at a height of 2760 meters.
Monte Cristallo, a long, indented ridge with four summits higher than 3,000 meters, is found in the Italian Dolomites. The mountain range was the scene of fierce fighting between Italy and Austria-Hungary during World War I but is now a part of the “Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.”
The warring parties set up heavy artillery, dug tunnels beneath one another’s positions, and toppled mountains to start avalanches that killed thousands of people. The rock-mining galleries are still accessible today by hiking through them. Both amazing and terrifying describe it.
The armies also constructed a lot of bunkers and shelters like this one. This building will undoubtedly survive the apocalypse based on their unique history and cliffside location.
The Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of northeastern Italy are all surrounded by the vast mountain range known as the Dolomites.
The Italian Dolomites, which total 141,903 hectares and were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, are unquestionably one of the most dramatic alpine destinations in the world. The visitor is mesmerized by the extraordinary landscape’s sheer cliffs, vertical walls, craggy pinnacles, karst plateaus, idyllic valleys, and alpine pastures.
It should come as no surprise that the area is a well-liked tourist destination with two fantastic “via ferratas”. A via ferrata, which translates to “iron path” in Italian, is a safe climbing route that can be found in the Alps and other places.
Steel cables, rungs, or ladders fixed to the rock are used in via ferratas. A harness and two leashes are fastened by climbers, enabling them to anchor themselves to the metal fixture and reduce the risk of falling. Both footings and handholds are provided by the cable as well as by other fixtures like bridges, ladders, and iron rungs (stemples), pegs, and carved steps. Hikers can climb on otherwise hazardous routes in this way without running the risk of unprotected scrambling and climbing or needing specialized climbing gear. As an alternative to rock climbing and mountaineering, both of which demand higher skills and more specialized equipment, these routes allow the general public to reach challenging peaks.
Along the routes, you can find many mementos of WWI, including other shelters at incredible places.