150 years of mountaineering in the Dolomites
Paul Grohmann and how the Dolomites became the coveted destination for mountaineers
Mountaineering in the Dolomites began exactly 150 years ago, in the summer of 1869. Paul Grohmann, a mountaineer from Vienna, and Franz Innerkofler und Peter Salcher, mountain guides from South Tyrol, successfully completed three daring first ascents in the space of just a few weeks: the Dreischusterspitze, the king of the Val Gardena mountains – the Sassolungoand the Große Zinne, one of the most striking summits in the Dolomites. These extraordinary climbing achievements not only earned Grohmann the name “King of the Dolomites", they also inspired people to want to climb all the major summits in the Sexten Dolomites. Over the following years and decades, mountaineers came from all over the world to Sesto/Sexten and the Dolomites, testing themselves on new and ever more difficult climbing routes. In 1869 the first"Alpine Club" was also founded in South Tyrol. Trails were created and huts were built and an organised mountain guide system was established. Even today it’s the experienced South Tyrolean mountain guideswho accompany climbers and mountaineers from all over the world to the most striking Dolomite peaks.
150 years after Grohmann’s first ascents, Sesto and the Val Gardena valley are celebrating the anniversary with numerous events. Follow in the footsteps of the former summiteers or be inspired by a fascinating lecture to embark on a journey into the past, or be transported back to 1869 by the legendary mountaineer and filmmaker Reinhold Messner. Grohmann has dedicated two comprehensive documentations to the “man who opened up the Dolomites”, as he likes to call him. At the PEAKNick,a gourmet picnic with live music on the “Stadile Winkl” at the foot of the Dreischusterspitze mountain, you will have the best view of the route that was first climbed 150 years ago.
Events to mark 150 years of mountaineering in the Dolomites
Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail
You can experience the origins of the Dolomites at first hand on the Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail. The hike takes you from the Bletterbachschlucht gorge near Bolzano/Bozen right through the Dolomites region to Sesto/Sexten in the Hochpustertal valley.