Tierser Alps, the heroic history of a refuge
The history of the Tierser Alps refuge in the Sciliar Natural Park, in the Dolomites, is something out of a hero’s story.
We could even speak of a legend if it weren’t for two reasons: this area’s favorite myth is the one about Laurin, king of the midgets and inventor of the “enrosadira” – the phenomenon by which the Dolomites turn pink and red at dawn and sunset; and the story of the refuge actually started in a moment of most bland pragmatism, with many people in Tires forced to emigrate to escape poverty after World War II.
Unlike so many others, mountain guide Maximilian Aichner “heroically” decided to stay. And every day, he climbed up to 2,500 meters of altitude between the mountains of the Catinaccio, bringing with him the construction material for the refuge. He built the shelter between 1957 and 1963, and even had the energy to open two climbing trails.
Today the refuge has become bigger and more comfortable, but it still there, managed by the children of that brave mountain guide.
Photos via: © Lukas Schaller, © Tierser Alpl