The birth of Alpine mountaineering in Madonna di Campiglio and the surrounding area
Alpine mountaineering in Madonna di Campiglio
the birth of alpine mountaineeringThe end of the 19th century is also the time when numerous mountain-climbers, mostly English and German, began exploring the Brenta Dolomites, led by the first local alpine guides and chamois hunters.
When humanity's every step on these rocks was made with the utmost reverence.
the earliest climbs1872 marks the foundation of the local mountaneering association Società Alpinisti Tridentini, in Madonna di Campiglio, i.e. in the village that mostly and perfectly represented mountaineering adventure. In 1855 a group of local alpinists climbed the Cima Tosa peak and in 1864 the English John Ball succeeded in crossing the whole Brenta group, all pioneers of the ascent to the Brenta Dolomites, culminating on 18th August 1899 in the adventure of two Tirolean climbers, - Otto Amferer and Karl Berger, who for the first time ever ascended the Campanile Basso summit.